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Rachel Mac Progress Picture Challenge Week 11- 40 is the new 20!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My birthday is here (writing this on Tuesday)- 121 today, but I hit 119 in the last few weeks. Pleased with my progress thus far... new goal is around 115 (my "high weight" goal) by May 31, 2011 (Summer). After week 12 or so, will continue to take pictures monthly for a year.

PICTURES: all relaxed (no flexing)
First set: "BEFORE" vs. "NOW". 2nd set: All progress pictures (front/back/side only)

Front (looking at abs, space between upper thighs)

Back (tucking bottoms to see subtle changes. Trying to keep same hip flexion. Looking at glutes, space between thighs, back.)

Side (looking at arm size, glutes, thigh size). Changed arms week 10...

Side Left Leg out (Looking at arm/hamstring definition)

Side right leg out (Looking at arm/hamstring definition)

Front, all weeks

Back, all weeks

Side, all weeks

MEASUREMENTS (trying to keep same tension in tape measure): Will post Week 11 in a little bit...
Height: 5'4''
Weight (pounds): (start: 126.4), W1 (pre TOM)-123.6, W2 (TOM)-122.4, W3 Xmas-121, W4 New Year-119.4, W5 (pre TOM)-120.4, W6 (TOM)-119.6, W7-(hit 119.2) , W8-120, W9 (preTOM) 121
Hips (start: 37.5), W1-36.5, W2-36.5, W3-36, W4-35.75, W5 (pre TOM)-35.75, W6-35.75, W7-35.5 , W8-35.5, W9 35.75
Waist (start: 27.5), W1-27.25, W2- 27, W3-26.75, W4-26.5, W5-26.75, W6-26.75, W7-26.5 , W8- 26.5, W9 26.5
Bust: (start: 37.5), W1-37.5, W2-37.25, W3-37.25, W4-37. W5-37, W6-37, W7-37 , W8- 37.5, W9 37.5
Thigh (largest part)- (start: 20), W1- 20, W2-20, W3-20, W4-19.75. W5-19.75, W6-19.75, W7-19.5 , W8- 19.5, W9 19.5
Body fat: (measured October 2010, at 126 pounds: 18 percent)

Short term goals (measurable): Drop 12 pounds in 6 months (115) by May 31, 2011

Long term goals: Maintain under 16 percent body fat for life, Stay in great shape for life (cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength), black belt within 3 years. Tae Kwon Do competition team.

Visible goals: Get rid of love handles, backfat, lose an inch or two off the waist, perk up my glutes, slim out face, visible muscle definition.

REFLECTIONS/ASSESSMENTS OF THIS WEEK (keeping it totally honest and real!):

Pictures: Even though I'd like to trim my waist more, I am happy with the muscle definition improvement. Slow and steady...

Goal achievement (weight/measurements, visible): .OK. So even thought the scale doesn't reflect it, I do think that I look a lot stronger and lean. So just gotta clean up the diet, and I'll lean out faster.

Diet this week: OK.... party week, must be honest!!! Thursday I had Indian food (yum), Friday-Sat we were at Wintergreen for my BD (tons of yummy eats, I had dessert twice), Sunday we visited UVA, where hubby and I met and went to school... and I had to have the Biltmore's fried chicken and waffles. Monday was Valentines- ribeye and corn (not too bad), Tuesday- my BD- was good with salmon and 1 piece of cake for dinner. Wednesday

Exercise this week: R/F- none, Sa- weights at Wintergreen, SU- snowtubing, M- none, Tues- weights, W-weights. I've started upping the weights.

Diet: Done with the BD celebration, now on to the Summer goal! Clean eats :0)

Exercise- Upping the weights, really want to build up my glutes/legs. Goal is 5x/week working out.

Attitude: Loving 40 so far!

I'm happy with these past 11 weeks, and where I am now, on my birthday, at 40 years of age. In these past 11 weeks, I've cleaned up my diet, upped the weights, and ingrained some other healthy eating habits.

I've attached lots of pics of me in my younger years (college, 20's, 30's), showing lots of body changes... and I'm happy with myself. (see my previous blog).

I am healthy and strong, and I have my goals set. Even though I might not reach them as fast as I want, slow and steady will get me there, this is not a race! This week I gave myself latitude to enjoy, and I do not regret it!

For this next decade, I will work on true balance- of work, family, and self. And I will treasure every second of it! Thanks for listening and commenting :0)

On my birthday, with my greatest treasures.....

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITGIRL15 2/22/2011 4:26PM

    You rock, T! Through everything you have gone through, you still strive to be the best!

Your kids have an amazing role model!!!

Happ Birthday! You look fabulous!

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REBUILDFIT 2/20/2011 9:23PM

    Happy Birthday!! Your progress is inspirational!

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RACHEL_MAC 2/19/2011 8:09AM

    I love that you enjoyed your birthday and had yummy food this week and still kept it in check. You look fantastic, as always, and I love watching your progress! Happy Birthday!!

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SHANN1530 2/19/2011 8:04AM

    oooh - hamstring definition looks amazing, and you can really see your legs and abs leaning out from week to week. you're killing it!


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LETSSTARTOVER 2/19/2011 1:04AM

    Wow WAY TO GO, your progress is so motivating!! You look so fantastic, I hope I look half as good at 40!!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/17/2011 10:45PM

    Aww, what sweet birthday pics!

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I think you like tighter all over this week. I wish I could eat birthday cake and still look as good as you do!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/17/2011 10:14PM

    Happy birthday!!!

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AMADEUS620 2/17/2011 4:15PM

    Amazing changes from last week! Every week I think no way could this get better and every week it does! you look so amazing!

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    Whooo-hooo! Hope you had a fabulous birthday week!! Another amazing week! You're just killin' this challenge! emoticon

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JENNFIT24 2/17/2011 1:51PM

    You have so much to be proud of!

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DEBO1202 2/17/2011 12:09PM

    40 is the new 20!!! You have so much to be proud of! Great job- you look fantastic!

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DEBO1202 2/17/2011 12:09PM

    40 is the new 20!!! You have so much to be proud of! Great job- you look fantastic!

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NANCYANNE55 2/17/2011 11:15AM

    TREMENDOUS dif from last week to this! Look at the changes in your bottom half! Just beautiful!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/17/2011 11:03AM

    Wow girl you look fantastic! Way to go!

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AMERAG 2/17/2011 10:19AM

    Happy Birthday HOT mama!

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love the pic with your boys, sooooooo adorable! and the progress pix speak for themselves :) emoticon summer time is around the corner, you can do it emoticon emoticon

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LEASH119 2/17/2011 10:12AM

    first of all you are looking amazing as always!!! :)
second of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
your kiddos are adorable!!!! :) :) :)

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ALESHABEE 2/17/2011 9:04AM

    Aw....the kiddies are so cute, just like their mama!!! Amazing progress hon! You will definitely be hitting your summer goals :-)

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