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Progress Update April 2013

Thursday, April 04, 2013

With all my motivation this month, I decided to take some progress pictures yesterday, which I knew weren’t going to be pretty.

This morning, I took my scaled measurements: 160lbs, 38.1% lower body fat (via stand-on scale), and 32.1% upper body fat (hand held scale) for an average of 35.1% body fat. (I also took my body measurements but forget them at my apartment near school.)

These are not good numbers. To give you an idea, I’ve gone up 16lbs and 8.2% body fat since October 2011. I don’t have a progress picture from then but this is pretty close in numbers:

And to make it pretty clear to see the changes:

Not huge changes in my legs really but significant around my stomach and in my face.

I was sad to see that scale go just above the 160 mark. I thought I would never go back there but life happens. Over the last year and a half, a lot has happened and the stresses took their toll on me. Also, I spent most of last year injured, trying to figure out what was wrong with my ankle, making it difficult to exercise. The last few months, I’ve been desperately trying to get back on track but the stresses in life were getting worse, making it harder to concentrate on my health. This ended up making my diet the worst part of my lifestyle. Forget Paleo, how about just eating clean?

This month, I’m really feeling the motivation if you couldn’t tell from the last couple of posts. The stress is still there, but I’m handling it better (or just accepting it better). I’m really just hoping that it lasts through the month (and beyond). Some of the things that feel different this time:

emoticon I’m more organized, scheduling out my workouts into my busy life.
emoticon My ankle doesn’t hurt at all anymore, making it easier to work out.
emoticon I’m in a better mindset to avoid cravings and junk food.
emoticon I’m not overly restricting my diet, allowing myself to just eat clean.

I don’t know what made it all click recently, but I’m done gaining and neglecting my health. I would have been far worse off if I hadn’t been at least aware of my gaining and doing the little bit I could to slow it down. So I’m starting over. I’m not comfortable in my own skin. I’m ready to fit into my skinny jeans again!
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    You can - and WILL - do this. You obviously have great tenacity and determination. Don't beat yourself up though over a gain. Our bodies have their own way of adjusting to different things - both physically and emotionally.
    1844 days ago
  • AEROGIRL1594
    I know that you can do this girl! The weight I've gained since I started college has made me really uncomfortable in my own skin, and that is something that I have never been. Hopefully I'll get back on the weight loss track just like you! My motivation has been high this month as well! I know that you can do this!! :)
    1846 days ago
    You will get there. I think it's smart to focus on clean eating rather that Paleo. Something too restrictive can lead to disappointment and feelings of failure and binges. Just make good choices for YOU! You got this.
    1846 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Good for you! You can do this!
    1846 days ago
    I kind of went through the same thing - By February 2011 I was in the best shape I'd been - really happy with my fitness level and my body. And then I got injured. And it took 9 months to recover. And then once I was recovered and able to resume my fitness, I just couldnt do it for whatever reason. I felt depressed, lazy, stressed, sad, etc. And over the course of 2012 I gained 15 pounds and two pant sizes! I determined that this year I would make the changes, and the only real way I've been able to do that is to change my attitude about fitness and my health. I've essentially just started scheduling in fitness into my day like any other appointment. It was hard at first, but now I am craving it. I've only lost 2 pounds so far, but I did drop one pant size.

    You lead a very stressful life - living in two places, grad school, etc. I remember when I was in law school and it was seriously tough! But you are very motivated, and a very strong person! You will get back to where you want to be!
    1846 days ago
    Good for you for taking pictures...I should do it, but a bit embarrassed. emoticon
    1846 days ago
  • KIMMAS82
    1846 days ago
  • KARVY09
    You're really brave to get on that scale and take those photos. At least now you know where you stand and you can move on. Believe me, I've been there, but I think that April is the month where it will finally stick. Let's do this together! I want to get back to that hot body I had in 2010 too! :)
    1846 days ago
    You can do this :)
    1846 days ago
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