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 ;-)
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.
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?
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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