Saturday, June 30, 2012
I did it! Today I weighed in at 121. That's 5 pounds under maintenance which is, I guess, the lowest one can be and be considered 'in maintenance range'. That was my pre-cruise weight goal because I know I will bloat and I *might* just gain real weight too. This should allow me to still be comfortable in my clothes, even at the end of the cruise. We are sailing in a special class called 'aquaclass' which gives me access to the 'clean' restaurant for breakfast and dinner. I suspect that their definition of 'clean' is not truly clean (ala Clean Eating) but certainly smaller portions, less sauces, leaner meats, more veggies, etc. I will go to the 'clean' buffet for lunch as well. I THINK eating will be covered, except that we will likely eat, once each, at the French restaurant and at QSine which is supposed to be way too much food and not the healthiest foods. I'm much more concerned about the calories I'll drink. But I'm going to drink them anyway! drink-water-drink-water-drink-water. At least I tell myself I'll alternate :-)
Body fat is nice and low too :-) I think I'll be more upset by gaining fat than gaining weight!
I almost can't believe I did it. I had a few months there where I really just slacked off. I maintained just fine but I wasn't making progress towards the 5 pounds under goal. As soon as I got serious about taking my supplements again the weight started coming off. I don't know if that's because the supplements are *that* important (vitD and fish oil, particularly) or if it's because getting serious about the supplements went hand in hand with cleaning up my eating (which wasn't horrible but a tad higher in carbs than it had been).
I don't know if I want to stay down here or not. I guess I'll see what the damage is post cruise before I decide. I am REALLY happy with how the fat came off with those 5 pounds. Very, very happy. But if I regain and it doesn't come off easily..... I just don't know that I have the drive to bring it back to -5 'just because'.
Friday, June 29, 2012
I am just amazed at how well my trainer's plan has worked for me. We sat down at the end of April and made a plan. My goal was to get my body fat under 20% again but without going too lean in the upper body. In April he had designed 4 whole body workouts and 1 lower body workout for me. The plan was that I would do 2 of the whole body workouts each 1x a week and do the lower body workout the third strength training day and I would switch my cardio to running because my body had likely adapted to the elliptical. I did the first 2 WB workouts for around 6 weeks, then switched to the other 2. I've used the same lower body workout the whole time (but I'm getting a new one next week). I ran for all of May (including my first 5K woo!) but stopped about 3 weeks ago, save a couple test runs under 2mi, because of some achilles issues. Since then I've used the elliptical but I think the break (which started long before I started running) was enough that I wasn't as adapted as I once was.
Today I am 1/2 pound from my weight goal (which really had nothing to do with this plan except that I wanted to lose fat and NOT muscle) and my body fat is 20.0 lower body and 19.0 upper body. The last time I had my lower body fat this low my upper body fat was under 18% and it was just NOT attractive.
The last time I was following a 'canned' program. I had no idea how to fix what I didn't like at the end of the program and nowhere in the book did she address possible issues (such as this) and how to address them. I also had some minor injuries (elbow, lower back) which I couldn't really work around with the book (ie, what was I doing wrong, what should I stop doing, what could I do in it's place) except for taking a decent break from ST to allow myself to heal. This time around I'm at peak with no injuries having addressed the shortcomings of the other program. I consider this a real demonstration of what having a PERSONAL trainer (emphasis on the PERSONAL, as opposed to the trainer) can do for someone.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I think I'm pretty much back to where I was when I finished 'The Female Body Breakthrough' in February. Weight is 122 (popping up on weekends with splurges, settling right back down during the week), body fat is under 20%. In some ways I am in BETTER form because (1) I have no injuries and (2) my body fat distribution upper vs lower is much more even.
I'm going to try to push the weight down a few more pounds by dropping some more fat. I wouldn't call it a goal. It's more a 'let's see what happens by the time I finish this round of workouts' thing. I'm finishing up week 2 of 6 right now.
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