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Friday, November 11, 2011

Today was the last of my Define Yourself phase workouts from The Female Body Breakthrough. I really enjoyed the workouts, except for the t push-ups. I do them but I don't like them. My biggest accomplishment in the gym this phase is that I can now do 4 unassisted chin-ups. I did 3 sets of 4 this week :-)

Today I am wearing the size 2P thermometer jeans I bought this week. They are fine. I did eat lunch in them so I CAN wear them and eat. I originally thought they were too tight for that but, um, they are so low cut that I'm guessing lunch is well above the waist band at this point LOL! I'm looking forward to seeing how they look on me as I progress through the second half of the program.

Weight wise I'm maintaining in my range for November. Up some days, down some days. Mostly up on the weekend due to alcohol and unclean eating and then down down down during the week since I try to eat really clean all week. Over time I trend down because of that and, at this point, I don't care how slow the trend is... even if it's ounces a week.

BF%wise, things aren't changing much. As of the start of the month I started taking an average of BF measurements from a handheld unit and my scale because I've noticed that my upper body is VERY lean and my lower body lags behind. I hope over time the gap closes! I don't want to lose much more body fat from my upper body. As with weight, I'm not overly concerned about BF%. I'm between 18 & 20, just where my trainer said a woman of my age and with my gym habits could expect to get to. There's a 1.5-2% spread between upper and lower body. Maybe I am just a pear and will stay one. If I start dipping below 18% on the upper body measurement I'll likely get some advice from my trainer on how NOT to lose more fat so that I don't go too lean up top.

Other than that, things are going well. I'm very happy to be in the place I'm in :-)

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/11/2011 8:03PM

    WOHOO!! Congrats:) Hard work certainly pays off!

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MICRAELIE 11/11/2011 3:16PM

    Congratulations. You sure are in a good place with your fitness. And I'll admit it -- I will forever be green with envy that you are chick who can fit into 2P jeans. Arghhhhhhhhhh . . . maybe in my next life.


Have a great weekend.

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So so so sore... in the right place! Still Defining Myself :-)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Between the book fair I was running, a camping trip that left me home alone with DD, a snow storm and resulting power outage, and some medical appointments.... I took 6 days off from the gym. I was back full-speed ahead Thursday and Friday. And now I am so sore! That so rarely happens to me and I *love* it. I wish I knew what it came from so I could push myself further with those moves. The soreness is in my inner thighs and that is an area where I desperately need work. Could have been the warrior squats in Centergy on Thursday. Could have been the lateral lunges in Friday's whole-body workout. Could be something I didn't even realize was working those muscles! AND I'm sore in my upper abs... I haven't been sore there in MONTHS.

I'm spending one more week in the Define Yourself phase of The Female Body Breakthrough because I *really* want to wrap-up with 3 workouts in a week (I've only gotten 1-2 in for several weeks in a row because of October craziness). I'll have stretched this 4-week phase out to 6 (maybe 7) by the time I move on but I feel like that is what is right for me.

I sent pictures off to Results Fitness this morning. I'm not sure if Rachel Cosgrove will use them in her next book or not but she suggested I send them in so I did. I am still in awe of the changes in my body as a result of incorporating her ideas on food and fitness into my life. I didn't go by the book but I attribute most of my success to really buying into her ideas on how to THINK about myself as a fit woman.

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TRENTDREAMER 11/6/2011 3:38PM

    Congrats on the program and in general.

Continued success to you!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/6/2011 3:36PM

    WOHOO!!! I find that taking a few days off results in soreness for me. I hate when I am working out so much and am never sore.

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CORINNEMOMMY 11/6/2011 9:37AM

    Great work!

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Same here... took this down for privacy reasons and hoping that one day there is a friends-only option for selected blog posts. I don't want to take the whole thing friends-only as blogging is a great way to find new sparkbuddies but this was just too personal to be that public.

Thank you ALL for the support though. It means the world to me. Things are going better now.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 11/7/2011 7:46AM

    OMG!! Can I cut and past your blog into mine? lol Lately I have been having these same feelings in my own marriage and it's so frustrating!! I do homeschool so I have a bit more to occupy my time, but damn! Can I get more than few spare moments you have left over after the computer? Have you noticed that we haven't had a date in over a year? We talk and talk, but like yourself, the effects don't seem to last long. I keep feeling like we'll get there - eventually. And I am so sick of waiting for eventually. "When the kids leave" is just so vague and who knows if I'll even survive that long? Accidents and disease kill every single day, I don't want to dream my life away and then die before I get to live! My dh also has no social circle or outside interests and like you, i feel like that would help our relationship. The only way I know of to change things in my relationship is to just keep talking about them, but to keep my frustration in check, I make a mental list of the things he's actually changed to make himself/our realtionship healthier in the last year. Those changes show that even though he may not be willing to make the bigger changes just yet, he is on the path to change and he does care about his health and being here with me. So even though we haven't had a date in over a year, a couple of times a week he purposely gets off of the computer at 9 so we can watch a movie or play a game together. Find the compromise that helps you feel more connected but doesn't feel like is a huge deal to him. One easy little change can help him realize other changes may not be as hard as they seem. I hope this helps you to manage your own frustration at least.

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    Good luck with reaching your goals and staying focused...

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Sure, I didn't do it *for* him but it sure would be nice if was a little more interested

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Thank you for the comments, my friends. I took this down as I didn't think it should be public. I wish we could opt for SOME posts to be public and SOME posts to be friends-only. I really appreciate the support.

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ERIKO1908 11/3/2011 7:31PM

    Ouch! I'm thinking there is a conversation or two that needs to be had regarding needs. Not that talking is easy...but maybe he just doesn't understand what his actions are making you feel. I hope you get this sorted...it really isn't fun being on a whole different level than somebody you love.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/3/2011 5:24PM

    So sorry this is happening to you.
Hopefully you will open up and talk with him. Maybe you have already??
Sending positive thoughts your way.

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MICRAELIE 11/3/2011 2:54PM

    Oh, this is so sad. :-( I feel so bad for you and I can totally relate to the feelings of not getting expectations met in marriage, regardless of what the topic may be about. I am still so happy for you -- how great it must feel to be able to refer to yourself as "tiny"! And yet I feel your pain, too. How bittersweet is life . . . . Sending you hugs and lots of support.


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Monday, October 31, 2011

Checking in on October Goals:
1. Drop body fat from approximately 21% to under 20%.
DONE! I'm at 19.1 using the handheld device. My excess fat is on my belly, thighs, and hips so tomorrow I switch to a BF scale and will average the 2 BF (handheld and scale) numbers.
2. Do ALL my Defining Yourself workouts as outlined in The Female Body Breakthrough.
NOT DONE! The month was crazy to start with. Then my dad needed bypass surgery which resulted in us traveling 2 weekends. Toss in a snowstorm that closed the gym and I missed a bunch of planned workouts. Interestingly I've noticed my calorie burn plummeting as I extend the Define Yourself Phase. My body may be ready to move on despite the skipped workouts.
3. Eat a minimum of 100g of protein every day. Aim for 130+ grams.
I can't get to my data bc of the power outage but I'm guessing I did about as good as last month. I'll update later. Update: 8 days under 100, 2 of them during the power outage and several of them barely under 100. 11 days in the 100-129 range. 12 days over 130. My program doesn't do an average but this is a LOT of protein.
4. Balance fruit and veggies a little better. I notice Iím eating more fruit now that itís cooler.
DONE! I discovered that plain FF Greek yogurtband dip mix is AWESOME. Plus I love roasted autumn veggies. Problem solved!
5. Maintain weight in the range of 126-130. MAINTENANCE!!!!
DONE? I'm at 124 so 2 pounds below thus range but still working in body fat. Given I am down to 124 and not at my BF goal does mean I lost some muscle this month though. Probably because I did not strength train as much as planned and have lost more weight than planned... Maybe due to stress.

So.... New goals:
1. Get average body fat below 19%.
2. Maintain in the 122-126 pound range. Maintain lean body mass over 100 pounds.
3. Strength train 3x a week, moving to third phase of Female Body Breakthrough.
4. Go back to Sparking every day. This month I have really slacked on racking up spark points and logging fitness minutes. I want to get back to being here every day so that I don't start slacking even more (like not weighing in every day or not tracking all my food).
5. Continue to make small changes in family eating habits, including getting the kids more involved in planning and/or food prep.

Power came back yesterday at 2PM. I am considering today - 11/2 - to be my first day of November :-)

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/1/2011 6:18AM

    Congrats on all your progress! Can't wait to see what November brings for you:)
Hope your power is back on soon!

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