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Friday, January 16, 2009

I've made a few discoveries over the past few days. Some exciting, some depressing, but discoveries none-the-less. I have always shopped in the Jr. section for pants. I can't stand high-waisted pants, and most misses pants are exactly that. When I have in the past worn misses pants, they have typically been size 10 or 12 (usually 12). In Jr., I've pretty much worn 11/12 since HS. I had been getting really frustrated because even though I've lost 15 pounds, feel great, can really see that I'm smaller, and most of my clothes are now too big, I still couldn't find a pair of pants that fit me and the best I could do was still 11/12!! A few days ago, I was shopping, trying to find some kakhi pants, and went ahead and tried on size 8 misses, knowing that what misses I have at home are 10 and 12 and too big for me. The 8's were too big!!!! A size 6 fit great! Okay, so womens clothes are frustrating and some brands run big while others run small, but I don't care, I bought two pairs of size 6 pants. It made me feel good. I went shopping again today, and tried on some more misses pants (different stores, multiple brands) and guess what size fit best in all of the brands?! 6!! Unreal! So, just to see if I was really crazy, I went over to the Jr. section and tried on some pants. The only thing I can get on was an 11. emoticon How much sense does that make? But I think I've figured something out. I'm getting older (imagine that) and as a result my body shape is changing. I have more curves than a twiggy little adolescent, and I think I should be glad of that. Why in the world would clothes intended for teenagers fit a 26 year-old woman. I don't think that it's really that I'm a size 11, but that my body shape doesn't fit the Jr. styles. I have to accept the fact that I'm grown up and it's time I start shopping in the grown up section! But, of course, I'm still running into the issue of high-waisted pants. Grr. They have come out with more mid-waist and low-waist misses pants than in the past, but it can still be hard. I'm getting used to a little higher waist than I used to wear, but it makes me sad and makes me really feel like an old woman!! Oh well. I've decided that I would rather shop in the grown-up section where I'm a size 6 pants and small top than the Jr. section where I'm a size 11 pants (if they'll fit at all) and large top! Yeah for growing up!

tone and definition

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I am truly happy, thrilled really, with how far I've come. I have the fructose intolerance under control the vast majority of the time, I am exercizing every day, and I have lost plenty of weight. I am not just under the "healthiest" BMI of 22, and really wouldn't want to be any smaller (my hips and thighs could shrink a little and I wouldn't complain, but I don't want to be too skinny. I like where I am). At this point, I've changed my focus from losing weight to building mucle tone and definition. That was always part of the goal anyway, but now it's the focus, not a side bar.

I'm also working to increase my metabolism. I don't need to lose any more weight, but to not gain it back, I would have have to continue a low calorie diet all my life if I don't increase my metabolism. To accomplish this (hopefully) I'm using the basic premis of phase three of the Curves diet plan. In other words, I'm eating about 2000 calories per day until I gain 2.5-3 lbs. Then I eat 1200 calories for 1 or 2 days in a row until I get back down the the start weight. No more than 2 days or those starvation hormones kick in and slow the metabolism (the oposite of the desired effect). Then, back to the 2000. Theoretically, it should take longer and longer to reach that 2.5-3 lbs. gain as my metabolism increases with the increased food. So far, it's working very well.

I also made a very difficult decision last week. I quit Curves. I am a huge fan of Curves in general, and absolutely love the Curves in my town, but my hubby and I are in a possition where cutting corners on cost wherever possible is a good thing. I hadn't been to Curves in over a month, but unlike many other times when that has happened before, I wasn't slacking off and not excercising. On the contrary, I was actually exercising more, just at home. I got a Wii + Wii fit in November. Wii fit isn't all that much of a challenge, but some of the exercises work for me. It also came with Wii Sports, and that boxing gets my heartrate up about as good as anything. In December I got the Jillian Michaels Wii game (very frustrating as a game...it often doesn't register what you are actually doing and such, but really does give me a good workout, which is the important thing) and My Fitness Coach for Wii (I highly recomend this one!). I also have netflix and get workout videos through them. So, I have a variety of fun ways to get a good workout in my very own home. Can I just say that I LOVE the Wii!!


Friday, November 21, 2008

I really started this whole lose weight/get healthy/figure out how to eat a fructose restricted diet thing with a bang and did quite well...until recently. I've been slacking off on exercise, cheating with food both calorie and fructose-wise. Luckily, I've managed not to sabatoge myself too badly, and haven't put a great deal of weight back on, but I've been wavering at just above my goal, sometimes very close, others not so much. I haven't had much drive to finish the job, and I know myself. This is always where I fall. I'm so close to my goal that I start thinking about maintainance, but I don't really stick to a maintanance plan because I want to lose the last few pounds first (but I'm not willing to put in the effort to do it). So...I restarted some goals, reevaluated my actual exercise I'm doing and modified those goals. I'm going to do this!

Boo to Fructose

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I was recently diagnosed with dietary fructose intolerance. For any who don't know what that is/means, my diet has just been extremely limited. Many of the "healthy" foods that I've been eating in an effort to be healthy are foods that I can no longer eat (fruits, many veggies and grains). So I'm trying now to limit/avoid problem foods, but that's leaving me with little "healthy" food and a very unbalanced diet. I joined SP so that I could track my nutrient consupmtion, but I am also hoping to find other people with DFI so that we can help each other out. The fructose restricted diet is NOT an easy one, especially when you are trying to do a BALANCED fructose restricted diet!