So, here it goes. I am going to say it. I am going to count myself at goal. As per one of my previous blogs, I am looking at things from a different perspective these days. I don't think that this is going to be easy, however that being said, I can't thing of one thing that I have worked hard for in my life has EVER been easy but has been VERY rewarding. It is amazing to work hard at something and achieve it.
I am at 158.6 pounds. Not a weight I would have ever considered my goal weight. Ever. However, that being said, looking at facts this is where I am at...
Looking back at things... In July 1, 2010 (according to the reports I have run from within Sparkpeople) my measurements align almost identical to where I am now. It is funny and kind of surreal to me. I was AT my goal weight then which was 145 pounds. Almost a full 15 pounds less than I am now.
measurements July 1, 2010:
Arm - 11"
Chest - 33"
Waist - 31.5
Hips - 39"
Abductors - 38"
Thigh - 21"
Measurements July 10, 2013
Arm - 11"
Chest - 33"
Waist - 31.5"
Hips - 40"
Abductors - 38.75
Thigh - 21
So, what's the difference? Um, well I am .75" higher in the abductors and 1" bigger in the hips.
Basically, I am pretty much the same size I was 15 pounds lighter. It is just reaffirmation that the scale is probably the worst indicator of success when it comes to weight loss. What is different between now and three years ago? Well a few things:
I lift heavier weights now
I injured myself then (I was dealing with massage therapy and a torn/strained rotator cuff from over exercise
I eat a hell of a lot more calories now
I feel more energetic now
I do less cardio now
I am not restrained by restrictive eating patterns and rules now (I eat after 10pm if I am hungry, I eat carbs, I drink beer, I drink Starbucks...)
Then I was a proclaimed CLEAN EATER that never ate sugar, only ate at certain times of the day, tied by all sorts of rules (oh, sorry principles) of clean eating -- a whole host of do's and don'ts
It is quite eye opening to compare those numbers and it has forced me into the decision that I am going to change my focus away from weight loss and focus on body recomposition, or in laymen terms I am going to eat the food and lift the weights.'
My goals right now are simple:
Eat to sustain my weight now.
Lift weights 3 times/week.
Increase my weights each time I lift to build my strength.
Eat more protein (this is a tough one for me -- eating enough protein is hard for me and something that I need to focus on) I am going to work on getting in approx 1 gram per pound of lean mass which would put me at about 118g per day
Sleep a minimum of 7 hour per night. I have directly witnessed these last few years how minimal sleep affects me and my efforts to do just about anything. I need sleep and see sleep as top priority for health.
Not overdo the cardio -- keeping it to HIIT and interval workouts.
Get plenty of freggies (not a difficult undertaking I eat lots of good freggies, but worthy of throwing in with my goals any way)
The way I see it is this: weight loss at this point is a side effect. I will continue to weigh because I am still really enjoying the BLC and want to remain as part of the group, I am just shifting my focus a tad and working toward body recomp.
Being a part of the Eating the Food group and following Go Kaleo has changed a lot of my perspectives over the course of the last few months. I feel great, better than I ever have before. I have felt like I have been in the best shape of my life, physically with how hard I bring it to my workouts and the amount of weight I am able to lift now. Seeing the numbers in black and white and where I was with measurements 3 years ago (when I was still tracking before I got pregnant) at my goal weight and seeing, REALLY seeing how little of an indicator the scale is to me at this point is reassuring that I AM doing the right things for myself.
It is nice to see.