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Finally saying bye-bye to "skinny fat" and bad habits

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I've been on this weight loss/getting in shape thing for almost 3 years. It took me over 2 years to lose 50 pounds, and I know why. My eating habits had improved like crazy over the course of 2 years, but I was still eating a lot of processed food, I wasn't always honest with my nutrition tracker, and I was doing all cardio in the form of running and almost zero strength training. But still, I lost 50 pounds. Yay me. But I was "skinny fat." Yeah, I certainly LOST a lot of fat, but I also lost a lot of muscle in the process. Once I reached my final weight loss goal, it wasn't the end of the road for me. I wanted to improve my figure, lose that belly and tone, tone, tone. I still couldn't bring myself to let go of the processed foods or do any strength training, but recently, out of nowhere that has changed. For the past month or so, I've been strength training, I've only been running, at the very most, 2 days a week (partially because it's damn cold, and I'm a baby). I see more definition everywhere - my arms and shoulders are looking AWESOME, I can do push-ups, and my favorite thing - my pants are starting to loosen up. AND I'm slowly letting go of the processed foods that I just couldn't stop eating. It's great that I actually WANT to eat healthy, and now I don't feel like I'm FORCING myself to eat healthy. All of those processed foods that I've been unable to let go of - protein bars, frozen veggie burgers, cereal, crackers, frozen appetizers - I don't really want them anymore. I want fresh fruits, vegetables, almonds, and I love making homemade versions of my once favorite convenience foods. Also, I'm trying to eliminate sugar, which brings me to my next exciting victory.

I've told my boyfriend (and really, everyone who will listen) that I'm trying not to consume added sugar and chocolate because of how addictive it is. I love sweets, I love chocolate, and I lose control with all of the goodies that surround me around the holidays. I'm hoping that by reducing my sugar now, I can be satisfied with only one cookie or one cupcake or one piece of chocolate by the time Christmas Eve comes around. (We have the entire family over for appetizers and snacks, which means lots and lots of junk.) But the boyfriend gave me eight of those individually wrapped Russel Stover holiday-shaped chocolates with marshmallow or peanut butter in the middle. I can't say no to him. Anyway, they're not THAT bad. I think the 'mallow ones are 110 calories, 16g of sugar, 3g of fat. One is not that bad. Before, I'd have all of them gone in a day. I'd eat one after another after another and feel AWFUL. Yesterday I brought them home and had one. ONE! In the middle of the day. I didn't go back for another one after dinner. (I also put them on the top shelf in one of the kitchen cabinets so that I have to climb on the counter to get to them...BUT STILL!) THIS IS HUGE FOR ME. I think I've FINALLY conquered my bad habits. I'm thrilled, and I'm so excited and determined to keep it up. I'm so thankful that I have an entire community with whom I can share this exciting news. No one, not my parents, friends, sister or boyfriend, can understand how exciting this is for me. Thank you, Spark Friends, for always supporting me and encouraging me.

I also went through my sister's jean drawer and tried on some of her jeans she left behind, and I was able to fit into a pair of her size 3 jeans from PacSun. Slight muffin top, but who cares! I fit into them!
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    This is huge!!!!! Never feel bad about letting yourself have one treat that means a lot to you. This doesn't mea grazing over stuff you don't even really like at a party - this means if you want a piece of your favorite chocolate that your man gave you, have it in moderation, like you are. This is awesome. I'm veryyyyy happy for you! And whole foods make you feel so good that it's addicting, huh?
    1859 days ago
    emoticon You get an award for your achievements! Great Job! Stick with it!
    1859 days ago
    muffin top shmuffin top! that'll be gone before you know it with your new habits and commitment to toning and strength training! congrats on your success so far! your success and continued work is an inspiration!
    1860 days ago
  • MM165592
    1860 days ago
    Yep, its amazing how that light switch is there somewhere for the willpower to do what it takes and Click, it all seems so much easier than when you trudged through it timeless times before. Glad you had your Click-moment!
    Great job on the ST!
    1862 days ago
    Awesome progress!

    I'm also working to kick my sugar habit and actually joined a challenge here on SP- I'm in week 3 and so far so good.

    CONGRATS on all you've achieved so far!
    1863 days ago
    This is awesome and so true!
    1863 days ago
    I'm such a snob about strength training; I have to watch myself or the stuff I type comes out looking like I'm hating on people who love cardio. :)

    When you get into a strength routine, it's totally addicting. You can see progress so quickly in the amount you can lift and then your clothes start falling off you and then someone says something about how awesome your arms look and then you find yourself really understanding that you are eating to fuel a workout, not working out to get rid of food. :)

    I love love love it. I mean, cardio is awesome too, but I think strength training is where my heart is at. (You can always go over to the Iron Maidens team to find other pro-strength chicks too. :) )
    1863 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Yay! SO happy for you girl. You are so right most people just don't get this. It is why I am so grateful for this site. In real life many people are just annoyed hearing stuff I have to say!
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    1864 days ago
    What you said is so motivating!! emoticon emoticon You are emoticon !!!
    1864 days ago
    You are doing awesome!!!
    1865 days ago
  • KMS41289
    I feel your pain about running in the cold. My lungs were on fire today after my run! Ah!

    Great job and keep it up! I am pretty sure you and I are the same person with the chocolate and sweet temptation. I also hide mine goodies in the cupboard, behind a sign that has my goal weight on it!

    Strength training is amazing! I totally recommend Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred or even better 90 day Body Revolution (you can probably find both online) They are only 30 minute workouts and incorporate strength training with cardio so you wanna die at the end, but the good kinda die emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Way to go! I totally understand where you're coming from except my cravings are for anything that's good. I'm definitely in LUST with sugar (thanks, Dad!) but if it's good, tasty food, it's nearly impossible to resist. I did well today (so far) and pretty good yesterday too. Keep up the good work and pat yourself on the back when you feel like you've achieved something.

    One thing I'd suggest re: processed foods: have you tried making large quanities of things and freezing them? I found that more than half the reason I ate poorly was because of the convenience. Now, I make a huge batch of small breakfast burritos and freeze them. They heat up at work in the microwave in under a minute and I KNOW EXACTLY what's in them (namely, a lot of spinach). Anyways, it's just an idea that has really helped me lately. Good luck and hang in there!
    1865 days ago
    Nice job! I know exactly what you mean with regards to the strength training. I've been 130lbs and a size 7 and 130lbs and a size 4. The only difference? The amount of strength training I did. Needless to say, I like the size 4 much better! Working to get back there :)
    And that is awesome what you're doing to conquer your sugar issues! Keep up the great work!
    1865 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    Woo hoo! Awesome girl!!! I know what you mean, I still struggle with eating frozen appetizers and processed veggie burgers. I'm a vegetarian so I still welcome these quick fix foods. I've been trying to premake homemade veggie burgers and soups so I can easily heat it up.
    Way to go on the ST!! I too am learning for the first time what an amazing difference it makes to my weight loss! emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Strength training makes such a huge difference! I totally feel ya on liking running and the calorie burn, but strength training is such an important part of the equation (although I'm preaching from nowhere night now, as my strength training program has fallen to the wayside...). I am also going to steal your idea of putting the trigger foods on the top shelf of the cabinet so I have to climb on the counter to get them. Every extra obstacle helps! And congrats on fitting into the smaller pants! emoticon
    1865 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    WOOHOO!!! I too need to get started on strength training!
    1865 days ago
  • SLEE103
    that is awesome! I know exactly how that is...I've lost some weight but for the start of it I was only concerned with my calorie range and generally being within my ranges for nutrients, etc. Even if that meant the largest percentage of my daily food intake came from wheat thins. Not cool. I too looooove sugary stuff and chocolate, which have been binge triggers, then feel awful after eating all of them. I am now better, maybe not completely, but better able to stop at one. I hope to be like you and break the habit for good! I need to use your trick of hiding them to the point of where I'd have to climb up on the counter emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Great work!!
    1865 days ago
    Nice work!
    1865 days ago
    Woo Hoo! Good for you! Congrats on your new eating habits and getting rid of processed food. It is awesome that you only ate one piece of candy too. It sounds like you have a good plan in place for the Christmas onslaught and I'm sure you will be successful. Losing 50 pounds is just plain wonderful! The pants don't lie!
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    1865 days ago
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