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Two Months Results

After two months

Tonight marks two months at the gym; my husband and I were scheduled to take the InBody scan again and see if going to the gym has made a difference.

I don’t want to be scanned. I am so guilty of many things. I fear the weighing scale.

In February I went to the gym/pool five times a week. The following month, I went four times, then three, then two…

On March 23rd, last day before the scan, I really didn’t feel like going at all.

My good husband encouraged me to go. I managed to, but skipped all the machines and spent two hours at the pool.

Body Composition Scan

Here’s how things turned out:

Body Scan Results After 2 Months

  • Weight (kg) -3.60
  • Body Fat (kg) -3.20
  • Muscle Amount (kg) -0.40
  • BMI -1.50
  • Body Fat Percentage (%) -3.70
  • Waist-Hip Ratio -0.02

Measurements After 2 Months

  • Neck (cm) -1.10
  • Hips (cm) -4.20
  • Upper Arm (cm) -1.30
  • Chest (cm) -3.20
  • Waist (cm) -5.10
  • Thighs (cm) -0.90

Not bad for a gym slacker, huh? Not good enough overall, though. I’m quite sure I could have lost 4kg if only I kept up the Feb routine.

But what’s done is done.

The Important Thing is to Just Go

We got feedback from the gym trainer. He said that for most people, the beginning is the easiest. It’s the keeping-it-up part that’s difficult. When getting to the gym itself is a struggle, the important thing is to just go. When you don’t want to go because you dread doing the routine, then don’t do the routine, but go. As long as you spend at least an hour moving around, then that’s fine.

I get what he was saying. He was basically stating that it’s better to sit on the bicycle machine pedaling slowly while watching TV than to sit at home on the couch eating chips with dip while watching TV.

I will readily admit that I don’t like doing the machines. The more I think of the ones I particularly dislike…the more I don’t feel like going.

Half the battle is getting to the gym itself.

The Need to Change

But I really need to change this mentality.

First, I need to go to the gym. As in, just go. If I really don’t want to do the machines, then I won’t. I’ll go to the pool instead. Better to skip the gym but go to the pool, instead of not going at all.

That’s what I’ll do from now on. When it’s time to go, I’ll just think of how fun it is to be at the pool and swim. I’ll think of floating and relaxing. I’ll think of how lucky I am to have pools just 10 minutes away on foot from where I live.

I need to be more grateful.

Time with the Machines and Pool

  • Lat Pulldown 11.5kg, 10x
  • Chest Press 4.5kg, 10x
  • Leg Press 22.5 + 4.5kg, 20x
  • Torso Rotation 5 + 4.4kg, 20x
  • Triceps Press 4.5kg, 10x
  • Hip Flexer 5x
  • Abdominal 15kg, 20x
  • Running 10min = 1.2km at 5.5-9km/h, slope 0.0%
  • Low Row Skipped
  • Sit-up Skipped
  • Back Extension Skipped
  • Recumbent Exercise Bike Skipped
  • Mechanical Horse Skipped
  • Diet Trainer Skipped
  • Pool 60min: warmup with drills (SG, Switch), crawl 8 x 18m, backstroke 6 x 18m + 8 x 25m, 15min of breaststroke drills


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  • slf

    Ugh, I had already written a comment when I got an unreadable CAPTCHA error.
    Anyway, congrats on the progress! Hope N. did just as well.
    Yeah, just keep going. Consistency is key.

    • beverlyclaire

      Sorry about that error. N actually had less “stellar” results than I did. He was quite pissed! But I reminded him that he didn’t seem to lose as much weight as I did only because he ate a full dinner before going, while I skipped mine and ate AFTER the body scan :)

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