I lost a lot of weight... well, haven't we all? :) Anyways, I reached 107 lbs which was the weight I was before my pregnancies in my early 20's. I certainly did not get back the same body I had in my 20's though! I used to be 35-25-35 before my weight gain. I had a perfect hourglass figure, I adored.
When I reached 107 lbs this time around... my measurements had completely changed. I was 33-26-33. I lost cushion from places I'd rather have not. My belly, even though my waist line was small was very pot-bellyish probably from being stretched to 50-60 inches in both my pregnancy (yeah... I'm short so my babies had nowhere to grow but OUT).
As happy and successful as I was in weight loss my changes in measurement still always bothered me. Especially knowing "you can't target fat loss". I felt stuck with a distended belly because they only way I could get rid of it is to "lose more weight" (lower BF%). That obviously wasn't an option for me.
Once I reached my goal weight, I developed BED (probably from being on a calorie deficit for so long during weight loss) and I began eating everything in sight. I gained back 13-15 lbs but that was probably a good thing because I was looking too waify. However, my measurements increased for the better. I went to 34.5-27-34.5.
Well, I've been working on getting to 115 lbs and using that marker as my new goal weight. I'm currently 119 lbs and for the first time in 3-4 months... I lost 1/2 inch from my waist!
I know, I know... big whoop, eh? But the cool thing is; I maintained the same measurements in my bust and hips. So now I'm 34.5-26.5-34.5. I am officially no longer bordering on the increased health risk factors for hip to waist ratio and I punched my numbers into one of those for fun body shape calculators and got "hourglass"! Woot! I'm curvy again. :)) And oh wow, my stomach has been looking so much flatter lately.
I credit a lot of this... maybe, small achievement (that means big things!), to my strength training program and weight gain. This is sort of a big deal to me because it means... I do have some control over the shape of my body and that perhaps more recomp. work will help me achieve my former measurements (not that it's a big deal to do that, but I confess... it would be nice...)
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/31/2013 (07:53)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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