What Works for Me: Changes That Have Made a Difference

Although every body and every lifestyle is different,
some of these may work for you.


You can read more of Lydia’s posts here.

Not every health change is visible to other people, and all progress is good, but my progress over the last year — in which I’ve lost nearly 25 pounds — is noticeable, and people do ask me what I’ve done to get these results. So, I thought I’d share some things that have made a difference for me:

  • Work out often. I do four AbsoluteFIT sessions a week whenever possible. I find I have to really prioritize getting a workout, but even on the days I don’t wanna, or think I need that time for something else, it’s always better to have done the workout.
  • Hit my move/steps goal. I try not to just sit around once I’ve done my workout, or on the days I don’t have AbsoluteFIT; I stay active in general, and honestly, my Apple Watch helps — it reminds me to stand frequently, and to hit my Move target daily.
  • Lift heavy. Most women are afraid of lifting heavier weights (they don’t want to bulk up) or don’t think they can; I used to be one of those women. But I love getting stronger (see the video, below; that’s a 20-lb. dumbbell!), and all it’s increased for me is muscle definition — while decreasing things like my shirt size.
  • Weigh myself every morning. I used to only weigh myself every once in awhile; frankly, I just didn’t want to see the number, and didn’t think it really mattered if I could still button my jeans. But thanks to the AbsoluteFIT challenge last March, I started doing it every morning, and at least for me, it helps keep things on track; I get used to seeing what normal fluctuations are, reassure myself about my progress, and keep healthy eating in the front of my mind.
  • Cut my sugar intake. I am not the type who thinks that sugar is the devil — but it is absolutely one of the things that most people can and should consume less of. I learned to love black coffee (vs. the tablespoons of sugar I was adding to each cup!), pretty much stopped drinking any sugar or sweetener (juice, soda, fake vanilla in lattes, etc.), and made sugar — good, delicious sugar — a conscious choice (e.g. two or three homemade chocolate-chip cookies? yes; stack of eight Oreos? no thanks).

Do you have any tips that have worked for you, or any questions about mine? Tell us in the comments!

—Lydia M. 



Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.

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