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JENNILACEY is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Trying to lose weight after my last pregnancy. Been putting it off for far too long, two years. Sparkspeople helped me to lose 35 lbs in a year after my first pregnancy and looking to lose about 50-55 lbs this time.
I'm 5'2 and at my heaviest was 160-165 lbs (post partum). Which is quite a lot of weight to carry on a petite 5'2 frame. My wake up call was when my weight began effecting daily activities; I'd sprain my wrist trying to push myself off the floor while playing with my kids, I was cumbersome, I avoided cameras, mirrors and clothes shopping, I was tired all the time, got winded easily, was becoming lazy and glued to my computer screen all day. I had gained around 10-15 lbs in a year after my pregnancy with my daughter. I couldn't live the rest of my life like this, I saw that if I didn't change my life now, it would be all downhill from here.
I'd like to weigh around 110 lbs-105 lbs and I figure since I'm going to work this hard on my body, I might as well push the extra mile and get super toned and ripped. I want a body I can be proud of, that I worked hard on and will aid me in the strength and endurance I will need to keep up with my 3 young children.
162 lbs- Changed my diet in July 2012 and lost 10 lbs that month!
152 lbs- Joined Spark again Aug 2012 and began a cardio routine, lost another 10 lbs that month.
142 lbs- 1Sept 2012 began a strength training routine and lost 8 lbs that month.
134 lbs- October 2012 weight loss slowed down, 5 lbs that month.
129 lbs- November 2012 lost around 2 lbs. Weight loss began to really slow down and came to a hault near the end of this month and into Dec.
127 lbs- Dec 2012 started Jillian Micheal's 30 day shred on my strength training days and beefed up my ST and weights.
Started Jillian Micheal's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism on my cardio days.
Became more strict about measuring my food and cut my calories down from 1350 to 1200 cals. I began losing 1 lbs every 5 days up until Christmas and then packed on about 4 lbs over the holidays. I lost it quickly within 2 week after Christmas I dropped 7 lbs. For a total loss of 7 lbs since the beginning of Dec.
120 lbs- Jan 2013 added some more intense, intermediate-advanced compound exercises to my ST routine. Increased my weights from 5-10 lbs to 8-16 lbs and 15-30 lbs. Hit a plateau for 2 weeks and got stuck at 119 lbs. Upped my average cals to 1400 a day and started calorie cycling to rev up my metabolism and lost 2 lbs the first week. 2 lbs my second week. Lost a total of 6 lbs.
114 lbs- Feb 2013- I'm starting to get super toned since end of December. I cannot believe the improvements in such a short amount of time by upping my weights. My new plan is to cut as much weight as I can before spring and then bulk and gain weight back- more lean muscle through a heavy weight training plan.
My weight went up a few pounds after a "planned" Red Lobster/chocolate binge.... oh man it felt good. But I was eager to get back on track the next day. I did find myself a bit depressed and made the decision to drop drastically to a cycle around 1150 cals to try in vain to get the last little bit off. I dropped from 115 lbs (after binge) to 110 lbs. I imagine most in the beginning was just fluid weight (from all the sodium) that would have come off anyways had I been patient. I was absolutely MISERABLE for those 2 weeks. Torture. My husband and even my 4 year old are saying I'm getting too thin. So I think it's time I get a reality check and move to maintenance.
110 lbs- Mar 2013 Brought my cals up to a cycle around 1400 cals, phew... what a relief. Feeling much better, healthier and stronger again. Next week I'm moving up to 1450 cals and changing my exercise schedule to be more strength training oriented and less cardio. I'm going to include some HIIT sessions and start Ripped in 30. Banish fat, boost metabolism (cardio) 1 day a week. 4 ST days (followed up by Ripped or intervals) and 2 days a week off! Yes!
107 lbs- April 2013 Entered maintenance. Began binge eating! Never had a problem the entire time I was losing. I went crazy once I reached maintenance in the beginning of April.
107-115 lbs- May 2013 Gained quite a bit of weight from my binge eating. But.... it looks good! I think strength training while gaining helped change my body composition quite a bit. I look healthier. I think this is a good weight for me; 110-115 lbs.
115 lbs- June 2013 I've began to get my eating habits back under control. This is a month for learning how to *maintain* without having a free-for-all. I am aiming for around 1400 cals a day to lose fat *slowly* (raising my cals if I start losing too quickly) while continuing my strength training to hopefully work on my body composition. I will include the occasional day eating at maintenance or slightly above. So I'm sorta half maintaining/half losing but looking at any weight loss as a bonus, not a necessity. It's more to work on body composition than anything else. I would like to reach 110 lbs again but I'm not going to put any pressure on when I reach it. I'm cool with a 110-115 lbs range.
Learning how to give myself an inch without taking a mile. I was far too strict while losing and went overboard while maintaining. I want to be more prepared for maintenance this time around and hopefully learn something from my mistakes. One lesson learned is I'm far too hard on myself and put far too much pressure on myself but when I ease off, I just take it to the other extreme. Almost beating myself up with sabotage. So I think these current goals will help ease the pressure while still having a goal to be focused on. Will probably be doing a lot of experimenting and tweaking with my calorie intake, healthy habits, exercise and mindset in the next couple months.
119 lbs- July 2013 Still struggling with binge eating (usually in the middle of the night). I have been trying a few strategies to help manage it and am finally no longer obsessing over food. So hopefully the future looks a bit brighter where that is concerned. On a positive note, the weight I gained was *good* weight and I think I look much better and healthier. I gained fat in the right places, my stomach looks flatter and less pot belly-ish. I'm still fitting comfortably in a size 1-2 so I'm thinking my strength training program did some proper damage control. Focusing on polishing up this month (maybe reach 115 lbs again), working on my strength and practicing techniques for maintenance and binge eating. Future goals include; maintenance for awhile and once I get a handle on that maybe some recomp.
August 2013- Been maintaining. Seems the binge eating had something to do with losing weight and being on a calorie deficit. Two months of maintaining and it has fizzled out. What a relief. I'm being brave or... bold? Hope I'm not playing with fire here... but I'm going to try to off about 5 lbs and get back to 115 lbs. It's been a couple weeks and I've been doing good. Eating around 1500-1700 cals so a bit higher than I had previously. Hopefully this will keep deprivation at bay. Then I'm going to tango with some recomp.
Achieve 18% body fat @ 115 lbs.
Reach Advanced standings in Strength stats.
5-3-1 Plan with Dave Tate's Periodization Bible assist. work.
Thurs: Power Yoga
31 year old mother of 3. I have a 5 year old stepdaughter, a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. From Ontario, Canada.
Current Strength Stats:
Bench Press: 113 lbs one rep max
Squats: 147 lbs one rep max
Deadlift: 206 lbs one rep max
Overhead Press: 72 lbs one rep max
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Congratulations on your triumphs - happy anniversary at goal
926 days ago
Thanks for your information on the Fitmbit Force. That was so helpful. I appreciate all of your tips. That is great that you lost the last 5 lbs and and are now down another pound! I may have to try it!
967 days ago
Hi Jenni! I found your page browsing through a few Spark Pages. I just wanted to say WOW and congrats on the weight loss! I am a couple of inches shorter than you and I am also starting at 160 pounds...I am inspired by your testimony in your bio. Have a great day! Gina
997 days ago
Congratulations on your weight loss and new job, Jenni! And thanks for your wise words on nutrition. I've seen so much nonsense and popular-media conjecture here; your opinions are a refreshing, enlightened exception. All the best!
1045 days ago
P.S. You are an inspiration :)
1052 days ago