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The Story - the long version

Sunday, September 09, 2012

AT AGE 35, I set out to fix some long standing stuff about me that needed fixing. On my list was losing weight, big surprise right? Reading a law column one day, I checked out the author's credentials, which were highly impressive and saw there among all her publications that she'd written a diet book! It was so out of place that I just had to follow it up. The book was called The Case for Yourself by Susan Estrich. I bought it and read it and started walking almost everyday, often pushing a heavy double stroller up streets with inclines around my neighborhood in Montreal. Lots of good things came out of that book, and I often go back to it in my mind reminding myself that I've got to schedule my exercise in as if it's an appointment with my OB-GYN, something that you pencil in on your calendar and don't cancel for anything. *Disclaimer: I wouldn't take her diet advice since it involves making cabbage soup and eating it for three days! But in general, an interesting read from someone who was so accomplished and disciplined yet couldn't resist a stale donut...

Fast forward 8 years. I am at my lowest recorded weight since I was maybe 16 years old. I am exercising not more than I ever have but differently than I ever have. I have read A LOT on both nutrition and exercise and no longer feel that losing weight is a mysterious or magical thing. There are rules to this, and if someone tells you they are following those rules but aren't seeing changes, you gotta look again, there's something amiss. And that is what I told myself: if there are people out there who have done it, then I can do it too. There can't be a tried and true method that will only not work on ME. I can be successful at this too, I need only apply myself, and apply myself I did.

Basically, a year after my eighth child was born, - her by cesarean section after 7 natural births! - I was totally fed up and unhappy with the way I looked. I didn't want to buy bigger and bigger clothes. I didn't want to stuff myself into the clothes I owned or be pressing up against everything I wore. Nothing looked right because I didn't want to look this way! and the way I looked didn't reflect at all the way I WANTED to look. So I did what I do with everything, I began Googling weight loss after c-section , specifically because I felt my body composition had changed after the c-section in a way I hadn't felt before - the word 'spongy' comes to mind! That was terrible because the general consensus out there was 'don't bother just get used to it'. So I threw in the towel. Okay that's it. I just have to live with it, the extra weight and the body changes and deal. I did that for a half a day until I reformulated my question to 'how do you burn fat?'
That was the question that led me to all the right answers. Ultimately, I found myself reading reviews to an e-book sold on Amazon called Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. There were over 900 reviews on this book and they were all by people who had clearly been changed by the contents of this book. A little further research led me to a more recent book that the author, Tom Venuto, had written called 'The Body Fat Solution' - not quite the tome that his first book was but with all the information certainly that I needed with which to get started.

Things I took very seriously from The Body Fat Solution were making a chart and recording daily weight (to this I added daily body fat and water content since my scale gives me that information. I updated my scale to a digital one and plugged my age, sex, and height into it. I got that weight loss occurs NOT in some magical and mysterious way but rather by creating a a caloric differential, meaning you take in less calories than you are spending. A huge component was registering on Sparkpeople.com and creating a profile so that I could track my nutrition. That is such an eye-opening experience it's hard to believe I ever undertook weight loss without this tool. It helped me not only in determining how many calories I was eating but also seeing the breakdown of those calories - how many from fat, how many from protein, and how many from carbs. I now plan what I'm going to eat next according to what I NEED to eat more or less of.

Of course I set out to do the workouts recommended in the book as well. Two workouts, alternating them with a day's break between them, sometimes two. Recording them on my workout sheet. Since I had a baby still sleeping in my room when I began these workouts, I often did them in the living room with the doorbell ringing and people walking past me, kids sitting on me thinking it was horsy-time while I was trying to do a plank or the bird-dog (an exercise that has you on all fours balancing as you raise one leg and the opposite arm, etc.). It was also three weeks before Passover, so a generally hectic time with lots of extra cleaning, organizing, shopping, and cooking involved. In other words, there were a lot of things you could say going against me here. But putting it off was no longer an alternative, a month from then, I'd still be busy, and there'd be ten more things that were pressing and making it impossible for me to put my plan into motion. I did just fine. Eventually, I got a mat and an exercise ball. I incorporated some dvds for extra cardio, walking videos, and HIIT dvds like Jillian's 30 day shred, or Biggest Loser cardio sets. I increased my weights from the 3-5-8 set to 5-8-10, then to 8-10-12, etc. Somewhere in there my baby left my room for her own so I could set up a space in my room with a lot more privacy, and a place to keep my stuff neatly and out of the way. My two year old has long been imitating me as I do my squats and pushups, even rolling on my foam roller like a pro - perhaps alleviating the tight fascia in her little thighs? jj BTW, I'm onto my 8th page of tracking my daily weight, water and fat percentages. Each page contains nine weeks in it. They sit neatly stacked in a bathroom drawer and they are my reminder of how slow and steady works.


New Year's Resolution ... in September!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I got bored with my at home weight training routines around the same time I upped the amount of classes I took with my fitness instructor. (I say 'my fitness instructor' not bc i have a private instructor, but rather bc she's the only instructor whose classes I attend).

So that's an hour of cardio/pilates/stretching followed by an hour of Zumba on Tuesdays then another hour of the cardio/pitales/stretching on Thursdays. I look forward to those classes and they have priority over most events that could pop up in that time slot. But the truth is that my weight loss and body changing program was much more effective when I was doing my 3x weekly ST routine right here in my home.

Kids are starting school again this week - and I have to get back to the tried and true. (thank you Tom Venuto and The Body Fat Solution).

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ZRIE014 8/26/2012 1:33AM

  there is never a wrong time to create a resolution. emoticon

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It's been a long time...

Friday, February 17, 2012

This morning, I kissed the 140s on both cheeks.

I knew that they're here to stay, no more 150s for me. According to my track record, I can count on getting through the 140s for at least the next two months. My weight is recorded daily (thank you Tom Venuto for that one). It's an incredible feedback tool - I might be thinking I've been at the same weight for 2 months but be able to look at the chart and see that in fact, the weight loss was very slow, but it did occur!

To have really reached the 140s (149.4 to be exact) and know that it'll be downhill from here is a great feeling. Was I 16 or 17 the last time I was there? I don't even remember. I feel light.

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RIBKNIT 2/27/2012 2:49PM

    That's wonderful - congrats!

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GRANDEFILLE 2/20/2012 10:02AM

    Congratulations! you're doing great!

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JAZZ20 2/17/2012 12:05AM

  Congratulations, keep up the good work.

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Post Holiday Poundage

Monday, October 24, 2011

It is the Sunday after the High Holidays are over, and together with all the good times it brought, come [could it really be?] 8 EXTRA POUNDS. I don't regret the pleasurable company, both being invited out and being the hostess. Nor the long leisurely meals - but ugh, how I felt afterwards, or the next morning for that matter, was not a good feeling. Waking up full from the night before does not feel good, not physically and not psychologically.

Enough of that. What I will say is that when I slipped my running shoes back on and did 20 minutes of Zumba off of You Tube - the good feelings came right back. And when I did a 45 minute DVD this morning (despite the fact that others were around) the good feelings came right back. When I exercise, I feel thin and I feel good, and I'm reminded of the goals that I've set for myself.

I just hope those pounds go away as fast as they came on.

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2DANCEAGAIN 10/26/2011 11:02AM

    I took a holiday like that and it doesnt feel good at all. Good for you for getting right back - it dows feel great!! Keep it up!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/24/2011 9:38PM

    I too feel thin as well when I workout. lol I thought it was only me?

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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GRANDEFILLE 10/24/2011 12:41PM

    I pretty sure they will.. you seem to be at the right place to achieve it! Keep it up!

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Fire things up a little

Monday, August 15, 2011

In an effort to speed things up a little (I've been seeing the same numbers for too long now), I'm trying something that I read in The Slowest Loser's victory column. In his race to the finish line, eager to see HIS goal weight after so many months of inching his way to the goal line, he mentions really honing in on the proteins. Today I ate far more carbs than I normally do (mostly from lots of fruit - not from bread or a late night bowl of cereal), focused on proteins, and vegetables, too. I want to see what a week of this does.

Today, I eeked out some time to pick up some new clothes, and I'm not done! Gotta revamp the closet, I'm tired of looking at the same stuff for so long already. I wish someone would come and donate it to just the right person/org. Save me the hassle. I'll stand in the closet and wrinkle my nose - tada!


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