Thursday, June 30, 2011
My June Goals were:
I might as well toss a few goals up here. What I'm doing is working very well so there isn't much for me to change.
1. Lose 4 more pounds (to 146).
DONE! I've been bouncing around in a 2 pound range but the top of it is 144-ish. Score!
2. Monitor %BF every day at bedtime to get a baseline to compare to in subsequent cycles.
NOT DONE! Just too hard to remember to strip, weigh, and measure at bedtime when I do my weigh ins first thing. I'm switching to first thing, even if it's not the best time of the day to do it. It IS best for me.
3. Remember to eat breakfast on rest days BEFORE I start to feel dizzy.
DONE! I only skipped breakfast once all month, on a day we were traveling all day. I didn't feel dizzy at all that day, although I really do hate to skip breakfast now.
4. Use or give away EVERYTHING in the farm basket so nothing goes to waste.
DONE! We're only on our third basket but this is going very well!
1. Lose 4 more pounds. From the top of my bouncing around range this week, that will put me at 140 which is my first big goal.
2. Monitor %BF in the AM at least every other day. (I no longer think I need to have data every day.)
3. Continue to work out 5 times a week, even when traveling. I may not hit the gym but I want to do something that makes me sweat!
4. Continue to not waste items from the CSA.
Lowering my % body fat was not part of my June goals but I *have* reduced it by about 2% to 25.5%. Very happy to see progress there! I hope that in August I won't be concerned so much with how much I weigh and will be, instead, working on my first body fat goal - 24%. (The top of the 'fit' range.)
Thursday, June 23, 2011
For the last 3 months I've lost a lot the week before AF and the week of. This month, not so much. I'm down 12 pounds in 6 weeks on a plan to lose a pound a week. I've met my goal for the month of June. I'm in a freakin' size 6 months before I expected to be. But it's still frustrating that the scale has been stuck when I expected it to move. That'll teach me to expect this journey to be predictable!
Tomorrow is the last day of school in town. I started this journey 9 days before school started and had lost 8 pounds by the first day of school. I am down another 24 pounds since the first day of school. The first day of school is like New Year's to me - a time to set some goals for the coming year - and I am delighted that, for the first time, I weigh significantly less on the last day of school than I did on the first day. So what that it's a few pounds more than I hoped!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Here I am in week 3 of my cycle, stuck on the mini plateau that has happened week 3 for the last 3 months, and happy as can be. I figure the number will change eventually and my body continues to change now. I feel strong and happy and amazed with my progress over the last 10 months.
I saved just one pair of jeans from before I got pregnant in 1998. Sizes change and I wanted something I knew fit 'before'. I have never come close to fitting in them since. Today I button and zipped them for the first time in 13 years. They are too small but I had them all the way on! That was a good feeling. I could neither zip nor button them just last weekend.
I am starting to see the tinest bits of definition in my abs and hamstrings and, if I flex, glutes. These are my worst parts so, again, happy and amazed.
The old me couldn't imagine focusing on anything but the number on the scale. What a change for me.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I just finished The Female Body Breakthrough and it was time for a new workout. I change things up every 2 weeks so I worked in some of what my trainer taught me and some of what was in the book and came up with this:
1A Bird Dog 2x15 L+R
1B Forward Ball Roll 2x20
2 Hip-Thigh Extension 2x15 L+R
3A Lying adduction 2x15 L+R
3BLying abduction 2x15 L+R
4A Step-up 10# 2x15 L+R
4B Three-point Dumbell Row 10# 2x15 L+R
4C Bent Over Reverse Fly 5# 2x20
5 Core stick twist 12.5# 2x15 L+R
6 Lunge 2x15 L+R
7 Deadlift 30# 2x20
8 Step up press MB 14# 2x15 L+R
9 Chest press mach 25# 2x20
10 Chin-up assist mach 95# 2x20
11 Shoulder press mach 30# 2x20
12 Bicep curl mach 25# 2x20
13 Tricep press mach 45# 2x20
Yesterday was my first run through and it was exhausting! I started to peter out around the chinups (first set fine, second set only 15 reps), shoulder press was a struggle but I did it, bicep machine was a dud (did 2x5... my biceps were just shot), tricep machine A-OK. I'm fine with a workout that is tough the first time through. What would be the point of one I breezed through? Boy do I feel it today though!
After a few days of plateauing last week around ovulation my weight is on the move again. I wanted to be 150 by the end of school (a week from Friday). Today I was 144.8. I am LOVING this weight loss, especially since I don't feel hungry or deprived. I feel strong, healthy, and happy. My body fat readings suggest that if I want to be at 18% BF at the end, then my ultimate weight loss goal is about 130 given my current lean body mass. After I reach the goal of simply (hahahahaha! riiiiiiiight!) being 'not overweight', I will set a new goal that will change as my lean body mass changes and which should put me at 18% BF when I reach it. (Although, should I lose lean body mass, I think I will NOT go below 125 for my weight no matter what %BF that is. If I start to get that low, I think I've got to drop the cardio and work on building muscle.)
I signed up for a high intensity core boot camp. 6 weeks, Monday evenings. Today is my 3 month anniversary at the gym. I'm still a relative newbie so I'm a bit worried that an 'extreme' bootcamp will kick my you-know-what but I'm giving it a go! I bought a bikini and I want to wear it before the end of the summer!
My body is not bikini ready though. Still pockets of fat I want gone and as the weight continues to come off I am starting to see sagging skin and extra, if not sagging, skin. I don't think anything but time (if that, even) can address that so I'll work on the muscles underneath and pray that the skin fixes itself up eventually.
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