tone and definition
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I am truly happy, thrilled really, with how far I've come. I have the fructose intolerance under control the vast majority of the time, I am exercizing every day, and I have lost plenty of weight. I am not just under the "healthiest" BMI of 22, and really wouldn't want to be any smaller (my hips and thighs could shrink a little and I wouldn't complain, but I don't want to be too skinny. I like where I am). At this point, I've changed my focus from losing weight to building mucle tone and definition. That was always part of the goal anyway, but now it's the focus, not a side bar.
I'm also working to increase my metabolism. I don't need to lose any more weight, but to not gain it back, I would have have to continue a low calorie diet all my life if I don't increase my metabolism. To accomplish this (hopefully) I'm using the basic premis of phase three of the Curves diet plan. In other words, I'm eating about 2000 calories per day until I gain 2.5-3 lbs. Then I eat 1200 calories for 1 or 2 days in a row until I get back down the the start weight. No more than 2 days or those starvation hormones kick in and slow the metabolism (the oposite of the desired effect). Then, back to the 2000. Theoretically, it should take longer and longer to reach that 2.5-3 lbs. gain as my metabolism increases with the increased food. So far, it's working very well.
I also made a very difficult decision last week. I quit Curves. I am a huge fan of Curves in general, and absolutely love the Curves in my town, but my hubby and I are in a possition where cutting corners on cost wherever possible is a good thing. I hadn't been to Curves in over a month, but unlike many other times when that has happened before, I wasn't slacking off and not excercising. On the contrary, I was actually exercising more, just at home. I got a Wii + Wii fit in November. Wii fit isn't all that much of a challenge, but some of the exercises work for me. It also came with Wii Sports, and that boxing gets my heartrate up about as good as anything. In December I got the Jillian Michaels Wii game (very frustrating as a game...it often doesn't register what you are actually doing and such, but really does give me a good workout, which is the important thing) and My Fitness Coach for Wii (I highly recomend this one!). I also have netflix and get workout videos through them. So, I have a variety of fun ways to get a good workout in my very own home. Can I just say that I LOVE the Wii!!