Sorting Myself Out

I'm a pretty restless person. I like to be physically fit, strong and not get out of breath. It used to be this way (though I went a little too far once). When I lost baby fat as a teen I got a bit skinny, but gained a bit of weight and became balanced (I look too thin at my right weight :P).

I met a guy. Now I'm not blaming it on him, but we did get a little lazy and overweight. I somehow remained fit but not as much as bad habits formed. I left him and he sorted himself out (though his eating habits were not wonderful), which was good for him. :)

Somehow though I'm still in a rut and overweight and nearly classed as "fat".

I'm 5 foot 3 inches and I weigh 165 pounds. I've started getting out of breath when exercising and I feel like crap, I have moderate back pain which comes and goes. I'm nearly 29 years old and do not want to be like this for life. I like good food though and hate fad dieting.

I know I can make it. I want to sort myself out before I'm 30. To fat and obese people I know your struggles are harder and what I am is nothing to you. I apologise for moaning but still. I'm a person who likes to be fit and healthy and don't want to get in a worse state (I know things can be worse).

Well I need to get walking again then running (A walking/running/jogging mix on grass or on the beach sounds good). I can't afford the gym. I have other exercises such as stomach crunches (I found a way that is gentler on your back so I don't do full sit ups), isometrics and I take part in Karate (have done for over 4 years but it doesn't give me cardio, I also take part in other MA when I can). I can do free weights (I try twice a week, or should).

It's time I sorted myself out. Sorry for the rant but maybe I can be motivated on here. Maybe you can all slap me or something into getting myself sorted.

What ya think?

Also the idea is I don't want to get too thin and wirey too. I build muscle a bit more than usual for a woman and don't want to be that way, also I don't want a 6 pack (I like having a little bit of belly). I don't have the curvy type of body, sadly. I think my aim is to weigh approx 138 - 140 pounds. I like to fit in good clothes. This is all about my self comfort and fitness. The extra flab just "feels" wrong. I've already started to an extent but need to go further. I know *what* to do, I've just got to do it.

Then I have to maintain this.

[I'm sharing this on two forums btw, so it will be repeated elsewhere.]

outofphase outofphase
26-30, F
1 Response Mar 12, 2010

I am the same age, five pounds and an inch taller than you. I know exactly how you feel. Finally the weight is coming off but not fast enough. I want to get down to at least 140 lbs by summer but have hit a plateau. Don't give up and try hoola hooping. I try to do it for ten minutes everyday on top of going to workout 1 1/2 hours three times a week.. We will get our bodies back! ; )