By: TV Personality and Naturalist David Mizejewski
I had my latest InBody assessment and two-week check-in with VIDA Registered Dietitian Addie-Claire Merletti and I have some big news: I’ve lost another 2 lbs. of body fat for a current total of 15 lbs. lost from when I started, and even better . . . I’ve officially gone down a pants size!
This is extra exciting for me because I went to my check-in with Addie worried that I might have backslid on the progress I’ve made in the last six weeks. If you’ve been following my posts, you know this fitness journey hasn’t been easy. With my heavy travel schedule for work and a three-hour commute to the office roundtrip when I’m home here in DC, it makes getting workout time in—either with VIDA trainer Susie Powell or on my own—a challenge. I don’t have a regular daily routine or a 9 to 5 job and navigating healthy eating in airports and restaurants is no easy thing. After some ups and downs trying to figure that all out over the first few months, I finally hit my stride and have consistently been losing body fat at a healthy pace (roughly 1-2 lbs. per week) for the last several weeks.
And then I went home to my mom and dads for a week. It was the first time I’d done that since the holidays and last time, I had just started on my VIDA Fitness journey and was still trying to figure out the best kinds and amounts of food that I needed to fuel my workouts and weight loss. Now, I’ve got a much better handle on that but I was afraid that my trip home might have sabotaged all of my progress. If I have an Achilles heel when it comes to my food intake, it’s my parents’ pantry, filled with all my worst (most delicious) junk food temptations, and my mother’s cooking, which is so good but not necessarily conducive to sticking to my daily calorie and macro goals.
So, when I met with Addie, I worried that I might have overindulged a bit with food while home and that it was going to derail my progress. I knew for sure that I wasn’t going to have lost as much as I had in the prior two-week time period, but my bigger fear was that I was going to have gained back some body fat. I heaved a huge sigh of relief when the InBody machine reported that I’d dropped just over a pound a week, right on target.
Bolstered by that good news, I went home and decided to take a gamble and try on my “skinny jeans.” I’ve avoided doing that up until now because if they didn’t fit I knew it would be really demotivating. When I put them on again the self-doubt that I hadn’t made real progress crept up in the back of my mind, but when I realized that not only was I able to button them but that they fit comfortably, I sent that nasty self-doubt packing back to the shadows where it belongs. I still want to go down at least one more pant size, but for right now I’m focusing on the good feeling of knowing that I’m doing the work and making progress and seeing results.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over these last few months, it’s that progress with fitness takes a lot of time—there are no instant results—and a lot of dedication, but that it’s 100% percent worth it. The feeling of hitting a milestone like fitting into clothes you haven’t fit into for a few years is the perfect illustration of that.