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Life After Weight-Loss... & Stupid Plateaus...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

So, I still have 30+ pounds to lose. But having lost 100, you can bet my life has changed.

My confidence has soared, of course. And not just because of the weight loss, but because I worked a lot on fixing my broken emotional self. Still, I have not settled into this "new" body. (And I don't know if I want to since I have more to lose?)

I worked at a festival booth for a fitness boot camp this weekend, and I was hit on a few times. It feels strange. I wonder how they see me. Because when I look in the mirror, I think I still see a bigger version of me. When I see pictures of myself, I still can't believe it.

I read that the average American woman is 5'3", weighs 164.7 pounds, has a 37 inch waist, and wears a size 14.* I am 5'4", I weigh 163-165 pounds (depending on the time of day), have about a 30 inch waist, and wear a size 12. Though I just bought a size 10 pair of jeans that I comfortably fit into. (This fact is STILL blowing my mind considering I used to be a 26 and hovered around an 18 for a looong time. I mean, WTF! FTW! Haha. I keep checking the size tag to make sure I'm not making it up. I'm not.)

*(Source: www.elle.com/Beauty/Heal
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I mean, I am much kinder to myself these days. I acknowledge my victories. But I still see a whoooole lot of work to be done when I look at my nude self in the mirror. My clothing covers up the excess fat and excess skin (which is bothering me more and more).

It's not any better that I've plateaued and stayed around the same weight for 3 months or so :-/

And if I want to reach my goal by the end of this year... 125-130... I reeally, really need to get the ball rolling. I want hot, hard body, dammit!

I'm going home to visit the fam for a few weeks this summer. Also worried about that because I'll fall out of my routine. Plus, they ALWAYS have an unlimited supply of junk food in the house. It's really going to test my will-power.

Ahh, I don't even know where this is going. I'm not depressed, not ecstatic either. I work better in the extremes. Not that I want to be depressed, but once I hit rock bottom, it seems to motivate me. As does reaching my heights and feeling unstoppable. I feel like I'm in a lull. I know I'm the only person who can get me out of it, though.

Writing helps me realize this.

Any tips for stepping up my game? I take hip-hop classes a 2 days per week, walk/jog at least 10 miles per week, strength train 2-4 days per week, and take other cardio classes as well 1 or 2 times per week. I've also been doing pilates, though I kind of switch off between pilates and strength training since they both work my muscles pretty hard.

Any fun activities you'd recommend? It seems like I'm so good at recommending new exercises for people who ask me for ideas, but when I need to find some myself I get stuck, haha. Such is life. It's easy to dish out advice, difficult to save some for yourself.

How about nutrition? Any fantastic healthy recipes you've found lately? (Especially those involving vegetables?) I find I get bored with eating the same foods over and over. Basically, I need to shake things up a bit.

Rawr! I know I'll feel better. I have to go workout now. Gotta kick my butt into gear ASAP.

Much love & bunny kisses,
Allyssa
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  • JUST_JENNA
    Roasted veggies are the best way to eat 'em. All kinds of unconventional veggies taste delicious with a bit of oil & salt and roasted. Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, turnips, yucca, parsnips, sweet potatoes ... It is a great way to get some variety in a really simple way.
    3948 days ago
  • HYPNOTIQ116
    Hey hun you are such an inspiration. You look fantastic. My biggest weight was only 3lbs more then you. I was @ 268 and now im at 228. Awesome job on the weight loss girl!
    4048 days ago
  • SCHNOOKIEPIE
    1.I had no idea that those statistics were "average"....how strange. I had heard that the average size was 12-14, which is pretty hot if you ask me.....but maybe for someone taller. I wonder if that statistic is current. Or if they have an average weight/size for each height.

    2.I love playing tennis. I totally can't score for a damn, but the hours pass and you burn mucho calories hitting a ball around with someone, especially with all that short, static running. It's great cardio workout that you can do for quite a while.

    3.Congrats on your weight loss!!!! You are an inspiration!
    4061 days ago
  • JAZZII4
    It seems like we always can see room for improvement, when others see perfection. I've lost almost 20 pounds, and I still don't see a difference, even if others do. I hope over time, building up my self-esteem, will give me the confidence, I lack. When you visit your family, maybe you can stock up on some healthy goodies of your own. Also, a lot of gyms have free week long trial memberships, that you can use, to keep your routine going. Good luck and enjoy, Jaz! emoticon 100 pounds lost, that's Super!! emoticon emoticon
    4061 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/13/2010 2:49:42 PM
  • JESPAH
    It can be quite an adjustment. I still, on occasion, look at my clothes and think: those are for a kid.

    Shaking stuff up? Hmm. I actually need to do that m'self....
    4061 days ago
  • BETTERJULIA
    I enjoy using the kettle ball to work out and tone muscles...also I've been doing a lot of easy organic burritos for lunch - beans and rice with newsman own salsa as well as roasting asparagus w/ some olive oil. yum yum! You have done so great and definitely are an inspiration. keep it up!
    4064 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3494791
    Your doing an excellent job. Keep up the great work. You will reach your ultimate goal. You are working that emoticon .
    4071 days ago
  • TOKUGIRL
    Hi! I can absolutely relate to your blog. Three years ago I hit my lowest weight ever (HW 250, LW 150) and even when I was buying up all the clothing I had dreamed of wearing, I definitely hated a lot of what I saw in the mirror. I always thought there was room for improvement and of course i hated the extra skin and fat on my arms and stomach. But now having gained back 50 lbs, I look at the pictures from my 150 days and think "Wow! I looked fantastic! What I wouldn't give to have that body!"

    I think it'll take time to adjust to seeing yourself in the mirror without being critical because that's a habit you may have created when you were heavier. Anyway, I think you look fantastic!!! emoticon
    4072 days ago
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