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Thanksgiving.... 5 days without the gym does not mean 5 days off!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We're headed to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. I need to remember that 5 days away from home (where we are really healthy eaters) and the gym (where I burn, on average, 400 calories over my BMR every weekday) means I need to be vigilant with calories. Going 'back home' has ALWAYS been my healthy habit downfall. I am an emotional eater and going home triggers it almost every time. I need to be aware of what I'm eating and not let other people sabotage me (by criticizing my choices) because they need to feel better about their poor choices. I am SURE I will splurge... I already know I want a pumpkintini or two and that Saturday will involve pizza from my favorite pizza place... I just need to enjoy my splurges without others strong-arming me into joining them in splurges I have no interest in. As for exercise, hopefully my dad doesn't mind me accompanying him on his walks. He's doing really long walks now. I've never felt up to doing those walks with him in the past! I'll be keeping an inhaler handy since cold air triggers my asthma but otherwise I AM fit enough for those walks now :-) I bought him weights eons ago (and he uses them regularly!) so I plan to do a bunch of deadlifts, weighted split squats, BW squats, and walking lunges too :-)

I feel really hopeful about the emotional eating prospects. My husband brought up (you have no idea how unusual it is for him to bring anything up!) who he thinks will try to sabotage me and how. Knowing that he predicted it (if it, indeed, comes to pass) will help me not fall victim to it. It means so much to have his support. He's got my back(side) so to speak ;-)

  
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DIVEGODDESS 11/24/2011 4:07AM

    Sometimes it's people in our family that try to sabotage us and it pushes our buttons and triggers an emotional reaction. I also find that I get more upset when it's family criticizing me. Being aware of this will make you strong. Just try not to take it personally. It's ok to splurge once in awhile, it's not going to give you permanent damage. Walking with our dad sounds great, it may also be a time of bonding with your dad, and that's always a nice thing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/23/2011 9:30AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan! You will be fine:) Saying no is not a bad thing. I agree with you 100% eat what you want..if it's not appealing, don't eat it.

What is in a pumpkintini???

Hope you and your family have a great time! I hope you enjoy all the time you can walking with your dad:)
Have a safe trip!

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Time Warp

Saturday, November 19, 2011

So... I took CGG111's advice to try the juniors section today in a quest for pants. I wanted a pair of skinny jeans to wear with boots and struck out in the petite's department and heading towards juniors did the trick. Super skinny, ultra stretch, size 5. That pre-preggo size that my first post-preggo PCP told me I'd never get back into as my hips had been permanently altered. Take that!

Couldn't stop with just the jeans though. Tossed in a cami and sweater. TOTALLY strange experience because the styles right now are VERY reminiscent of the styles in the late 80s and early 90s when I last cared this much about how I looked. I can't even explain how strange it is to walk back into the junior's department again and find so many of the same colors and styles, even the same prints, in style that were there 20 years ago and to be shopping for MYSELF.

I just hope I don't look like a 40 year old trying to act like a teenager. Not the look I'm after.

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/20/2011 7:05AM

    YEAH!!! So glad you were able to find success! I agree some of the stuff in that department is a little questionable...but f you look hard enough you can find clothes that work for you!
Great job:)

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REBECCAMA 11/19/2011 9:46PM

  Wow!! Way to go!!! I don't remember ever being a size 5 so you go girl!!!

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YCOOLIO 11/19/2011 2:25PM

    good for you. In my opinion as long as you aren't wearing spandex, 6 inch heels, ripped rock t-shirts and spiky hair, you are NOT in danger of looking like you are dressing under your age.

Listening to your shopping experiences is totally inspiring for me!

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Physical today... blood work to come

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I had my physical today. I saw the nurse practitioner because my doctor is booking 13+ months out. I'll see the NP this year and her next year. I don't have any real worries right now anyway, just wanted to update my family history and get a handle on my own heart health.

First off.... their scale is kinder than my own. Clothed there I weighed 1 pound less than I weighed in her at home. Woo! LOL! I weighed in 38 pounds less than at my physical in October 2010 which was 6 weeks into my weight loss journey. Of course, I didn't admit at that appointment that I had weighed 14 pounds MORE 6 weeks earlier! The NP was very congratulatory about my weight loss. She said people almost NEVER lose weight between visits. I found that interesting because it seems like 'everyone' is 'always' trying to lose weight. Guess that means it really is rare for it to last for a year! My goal is to maintain this loss so that I can be the one who lost and KEPT it off.

BP was 102/64 which is awesome. Can't compare to before because I don't keep records. This is a tad lower than it ran throughout my pregnancies (before PIH kicked in) and I know it was creeping up over time because I remember appointments where they'd say 120 over blah blah blah is great and I'd cringe because I knew that it wasn't great FOR ME.

Pulse was in the 60s which is amazing for me. I've always had a high pulse - usually in the 80s, sometimes in the 90s. I assume this is from all my cardio work!

And I measured 1/4" taller than 'my' height... the height I always use but which I had started to shrink down from. I assume that is from the core work and my better posture. I keep telling my husband that he's shrinking. Turns out that between his recently measured loss in height and my tiny gain, I really am taller relative to him.

She ordered a bunch of blood work. I'll have to fast 12 hours for that. I think I'll have it done next Wednesday when I'm not planning on going to the gym. That way I don't have to fast, have a bunch of blood drawn, eat breakfast, and then go to the gym.... which might make me feel ill... which is not cool when I'm lifting some of the heavy weights in my current workouts.

So..... everything today looked great. Now I just want to be sure my blood chemistry is at least as good as it was last October. Wouldn't want all this apparent success to have had a negative effect on my health!

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/17/2011 7:09PM

    Great job! It's always better to know than not...especially with family history.
Hope you have a great weekend!

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Pre-menstrual Munchies

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I've noticed since tracking food that I am seriously hungrier the week before AF, especially the few days right before. When my calorie intake was restricted those would be the days it was hardest to stay within my budget. Now that I am maintaining it's more about volume. I just want FOOD! Yesterday I ate 2 huge salads - lunch and dinner. Totally satisfied with salad but I wanted LOTS. The week before AF and the week of are also my biggest weight loss weeks. I really believe my caloric requirements go up those weeks. It would explain being so hungry AND losing more weight even when eating more calories.

Anyone else see a similar pattern?

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/16/2011 11:17AM

    Same here:)
It all balances out.

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RAYNEVALO 11/16/2011 10:24AM

    Yes, I am the same way. I can just be done eating and I want more, more, more. It lasts for about 3 days. I used to get really upset about it but now I just weather it and get through it knowing in a few days it will reside and it will be business as usual. I usually eat everything I can get my hands on, good and bad. I still end up losing weight when its done so I don't stress at all about it.

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Beginning the 'Dial It In' Phase

Monday, November 14, 2011

Today is day 1 of the 'dial it in' phase of the Female Body Breakthrough for me. This phase is about burning fat to reveal the definition created in the last phase ('define yourself') so I wanted to make note of where I am.

After a weekend that included some alcohol, lunch out with the hubby, and a spaghetti and meatball dinner, I am at 125.4 pounds and 20.2% body fat. This is 2 pounds up from late last week and the body fat percentage is up a tad as well. I would say my baseline right now is about 125 pounds and 19.7% body fat.

In terms of seeing muscles through fat, my biggest 'trouble' spots right now are my abs and inner thighs. I can feel my abs and they feel great (but what do I know). I am just now starting to see a 2-pack when I move just so. I will be watching for that definition to become more pronounced. My thigh measurements have been stable for a looooong time. There is still a lot of fat there, most noticeably on the back of the inner thigh and to some extent on the front of the outer thigh. I will be looking to see if those deposits get smaller and to see if the circumference gets smaller.

I must say that entering the fat-burning phase of a program makes me fearful of losing even more breast volume! I guess the upshot of that would be getting down to a 30B so that I could, at least, buy bras off the rack at Pink. Right now I'm a 30D (maybe edging towards a C, although I feel like I'm still spilling out of those a bit) and bras are very expensive.

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/14/2011 9:32PM

    Can't wait to see the progress you will make!

Thanks for your positive comment about the observation:) They are always intimidating no matter how many years I have in:)

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