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Where did the last 2 years go?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's been a very productive 2 years for me...except in terms of weight loss. I finally got pregnant and had a beautiful baby girl. Payton was born on August 1, 2008. Tom made it through a 15 month deployment in one piece. We've moved from Hawaii to Fort Lewis, WA. BUSY!

I'm not any heavier than I was before I got pregnant, and I'm thankful for that. However, I've had a severe lack of motivation. Tom and I joined a gym near our house.

Yesterday, I had an assessment with a personal trainer. I'm about 30% body fat and 126 pounds. I told her I'd like to get down to about 110-115. She gave me a lot of good information about diet. For me, since I'm Indo-European, I should eat a northern hemispheric diet--berries, potatoes, elk, bison, poultry, white fish, etc. Stay away from tropical fruit, corn, beef. She also explained why eating 5-6 small meals a day are important. She said that the body goes into a starvation mode after about 3 1/2 hours. She also said your liver is responsible for the hunger pains. The omentum (lining around the liver) on a person below about 26% body fat should be transparent if stretched out. This allows the nutrients to pass through and get sent off to where they need to go. If you're bigger than that, the omentum is covered with fat, which stops the nutrients. What does trickle through gets hoarded by your liver. Your body starts seeing the food that's not getting through as a foreign body. Your T cells start to check it out (taking away from the job they're supposed to be doing with your immune system) and orders your cells to store everything. Now, you've got fat. Your body views the fat on your arms, back, and legs as more dangerous because it's all food and nutrients that haven't been approved by your liver. What the liver is hoarding has been approved, so the body sees that as ok. So before you can get rid of the belly fat, you have to get rid of everything else first.

It was definitely a lesson and it was nice to know they WHYs of it all. Today is my first day focusing on eating the 5 small meals. 2 down, 3 to go. So far, so good.

Tomorrow, I have a full body workout with Brianne and she will apply everything she taught me yesterday to the workout. She wants me doing strength training about 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes. Also, cardio 4-5 times a week for 20-45 minutes. She said do NOT do more than 45 minutes of cardio unless you're specifically training for an athletic event, which I'm not. She's all about working smarter and not harder. I like that.

I'll try to post more, but I can't promise anything. emoticon
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