I know I’ve been gone a long time. I’m a full time graduate social work student and it was finals time. I also have a husband who works insane hours so that I can be a full time grad student and I have 4 children 3,4,6 and 6 months, so I’ve been a little big busy this last month! I have so much to catch up on!!!!
First thing I made it through Thanksgiving! No gain, no loss. I’m trying really hard to maintain. That is always the really hard part for me, I’m excited to say it’s been a month almost and I’ve actually lost another pound. I’m 3 below my goal, so even when I fluctuate and retain water because I’m a woman and our hormones are EVIL, I’m still under my “goal” and I feel soooooo happy about that. So I’m not killng myself as hard, trying to lighten up and allow more calories and a few more days off from the crazy workouts and It’s worked, I’m enjoyed it, I’m still keeping up but I’m on track! Usually I start slacking and the workouts start to go. I was down to just using the elliptical every 2-3 days I just didn’t feel strong anymore. I could still see the definition in my arms and legs that I worked so hard for but I was worried I’d loose it all just sitting around so I’ve picked up the workouts in a challenge I’ll talk about later!
So another member had brought up wedding dresses and it made me wonder if I could fit in mine yet. I’ve always thought of that as a dress that would never fit again. I have 4 children, my hips are pretty good and spread compared to 8 years ago when I had it cut and fit. I was 5lb lighter than I am now too, on my wedding day it fit perfect. So while wrapping my kids Christmas presents at my mother in laws house the other day…where my dress happens to be stored. I was alone and I decided to try it on. I’m sad that I noticed so many places that it is dirty and the bag had a rip in it so it’s probably not going to be salvageable for my daughters, but maybe they can use parts of it. Anyway, 8 years and 4 kids later….IT WAS TOO BIG! It was LOOSE particularly in the back and shoulders. The bust was a little tight in the wonder bra (it was an empire cut dress) and then loose in the belly. I was floored!!! My husband said that I’m official done loosing weight and I’m a little bonier than I should be and the dress is too big so it’s time to maintain and not get any smaller….which I agree with, I’m in a good spot. All those jeans I was dying to get into a few months ago, they’re too big. I can wear them but they fall off or are loose and sagging at the end of the day. All my old work clothes are comfortable again. I’m in an awesome place! Even my smallest jeans are a little loose. I was at the store and decided to get brave and try on a size 2, they didn’t have any! So I found a 3 in the junior section and I knew it was probably not smart to try on a junior because they’re always too small in the hips and I haven’t been able to wear one since I had the 2nd kid, but they went on and they zipped and I was in shock! I was back in the same size I wore when I got married and before I had kids when I was 17. I keep saying I wish I’d appreciated my body when I was 17 and tiny and in the best shape of my life….but THIS is the best shape of my life, same size but with muscle and stamina! I’m 26 and I know I have some battle scars from the kids, I’ll never had a bikini tummy, but I am totally appreciating my body for what it is right now and no longer miss being 17!
I’ve been on a no sugar or white flour kick for a while. I love Christmas, and I want my kids to enjoy it and not miss out on the baking and the fun stuff while they’re little so last weekend they made 3 kinds of cookies. My mother in law makes healthy gingerbread men because she is diabetic and then we tried no sugar/white flour chocolate chip cookies…which weren’t that great, I should have used milk chocolate and not semi sweet I think. And Oatmeal butterscotch and they were awesome!!! So if you’re looking for a good sweet treat that isn’t a billion calories. There is a recipe for Oatmeal Scotchies on the back of the bag of nestle butterscotch morsels. Switch the all-purpose flour for wheat flour and the sugar for splenda (you can also do a brown sugar splenda blend to cut down the brown sugar but I left the brown sugar in) it has oatmeal oats so it’s a lot of grain with the only sugar being in the brown sugar and the candy bits themselves. They’re yummy but they’re heavy so after one or two I was DONE. It’s been really easy not to binge on the bag. I feel full after a couple and can move on, that is AWESOME for me!!! So defiantly try it. You can also Google the recipe and I’m going to try to post it on the SP recipes but I haven’t done that before so it might not work.
For thanksgiving I got myself Jillian Michael’s new 6 Week 6 Pack DVD. I credit Jillian and the biggest loser DVDs for my success. I have to work out at home and I don’t have a lot of equipment or money so her DVDs have been a huge success. I know I posted my 30 day shred results and then the power sculpt results. I also have been alternating her full frontal and max back DVDs with Yoga Meltdown and take days off to just run on the elliptical….usually Wednesdays so I can watch biggest loser on the computer while I run.
Anyway, I’m not looking for weight loss but I have to say I am going to take a shot at that elusive “6 pack” everyone wants. I’m pretty small but I’m still nowhere near confident enough to wear a bikini or bathing suite at all (haven’t in 8 years) my challenge to myself is to do the program. 5 days on 2 days off for 3 weeks on level 1 and then 3 weeks on level 2. I will post before pics, measurements and weights and I will do it again at the 3 week and 6 week mark. SO here’s hoping it works!! I’m actually on day 2 today so I need to get things posts. I started it a week or so ago but it is HARD and I was so sore the next day I took a few off to rest and then I lost the DVD for a while. I did find it though so I’m back into it now. This time around today it wasn’t nearly as hard as the first time I did it! The side plank with the knee raises are KILLER. I couldn’t make it through the left side the first time and was so sore and now, it is still really hard, but I can do both sets on both sides without using the wall for support or stumbling. I will say, as much room as I have to grow with level 1 (and I thought I was in good shape!!!!) I am a little intimidated by the thought of level 2!
So my starting weight is 147lb. (I am not looking to lose more than maybe 2 pounds doing this, it’s about muscle now)
My waist measures 29 inches and my Hips (bone to bone and over the “mommy pooch”) measure 35inches.
Here are some crappy before pics (quality is crappy, I’m okay with the body part! I worked hard to get to here but hope to improve!)
I look a little funny from the side i can't get a good picture without turning a little so it's not exactly a straight side shot