Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Recently, I attended a training in Atlanta for work. The Marriott in which we stayed was lovely, but the food served launched a vendetta against my waistline! There are certain foods I know to NEVER buy, because I find it impossible to stop eating them. I don't consider myself to be a binge eater, but there are a select few foods I love so much that I eat them until the bag is empty. On that short list: Doritos, chocolate covered pretzels, mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I have eaten 1-2 entire bags of each of these before in total in life, so not much damage has been done because I avoid them like the plague.
However, this Marriott served a full breakfast (sausage, eggs, grits, ETC!) then TWO snack breaks, and lunch, all included in our package. And on those breaks were the dreaded chocolate covered pretzels! I must have had 15 in the morning break and 15 in the afternoon- each of the 5 days of training. I went to the gym 5 times that week, but unless I started exercising like Michael Phelps it wasn't going to help.
Damage done? 5 freakin' pounds! One for each day of pretzels and various other unhealthy goodies! Now to spend the next month burning it back off!
Monday, September 27, 2010
I won a session with a personal trainer at my gym, and one of the first things he asked me is what my goal was. When I couldn't answer, he offered a couple of body types I might like: Beyonce vs. Serena. "Yes" and "yes" were my replies, lol. I know they look different, but I like the femininity of both of them and especially Serena's strength. But in the end, I know I cannot look like either.
I find it frustrating that the more I lean out, the less feminine my curves become. It doesn't help that one of the "women" whose figures I most admired growing up was Jessica Rabbit, a cartoon for goodness sake! I am trying my best to come to terms with this conundrum: improve my body overall while removing one of the most important feminine body parts (to me) at the same time. But it's better to love 90% of the new figure and buy a special Victoria's Secret bra than to love 10% while fitting into a size 16. Sorry this isn't really a happy blog, I just needed to get it off my chest (haha).
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I am not a fan of vanity sizing, since it makes it hard to tell what size I am at any particular moment. In different stores, my size can range within 6 sizes. But the good news is that while my size ranges, that range has been getting lower and lower. In the past couple of weeks, coworkers have pointed out that my size 8 skirts have been getting loose. Last week, I finally buckled down and bought myself a SIZE 6 skirt- AND IT FIT!
I have to be honest, I didn't think I would get below a size 10 and now here I am. Thanks to Body for Life's program, my thighs are finally becoming muscular, and I am comfortable in the skin I'm in. Now if only I could figure out how to get the fat I'm losing from my legs into the chest area....
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I am in a rush to re-lose this weight and get back to 166, where I was after Body for Life. Today I am steady at 170, but hopefully with my increase in cardio through jogging 6 days a week I'll get there in the next few weeks! Here's to not re-losing this weight any more!
When I started a few months ago I was running 3 miles in 48 minutes- today it's at 27:45, so I'm making progress in pounds and mileage. I'm happy for this at least, even while I wait for my bikini body
Saturday, June 19, 2010
This year has been difficult for me with weight loss. I lost 11 pounds on Body for Life, then proceeded to gain back 9 pounds of it. Thankfully I've refocused in the past few weeks, and now I'm 6 pounds from where I started on New Year's. It's discouraging to know that I'm working on losing the same pounds I've already lost, but at least the scale is headed back in the right direction.
I've used a tape measure since the first day I wanted to lose weight last year, because I didn't want to be upset if the scale moved up and I gained muscle. Also, it takes away the excuse of "I'm gaining muscle, that's all," because if the scale AND the tape move up then it's obvious something's wrong.
The good news is that last year I lost 30 inches all around, and this year I've lost 7 more to total 37 inches lost! I've lost 8 inches from my midsection, 7 from my hips, and 5.5 from each thigh. Actually, since I only measure one thigh I guess that means I've lost more like a total of over 42 inches!
I'm glad I have consistently measured myself, because otherwise I'd feel like this year had been useless. Now, I'm encouraged to lose more!!!
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