weekly update

My weight is back up…ugh!  The roller coaster of this is craziness!  I know part of it is eating…we had chocolate in the house this week…bad news.  But I also think part of it is muscle, because my body fat percentage is still low…and I can see definition of muscle.

EITHER WAY, my goal jeans are crazy crazy tight right now, and whether I need to lose the fat or the muscle (likely a combo)…it needs to be done.

My plan of action is to do 30-45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week and 30-45 minutes of weights or other exercise 6 days a week.

I am also going to follow the Quick and Clean Diet book by Dari Alexander for the next 2 weeks.  I think it will help me stay on track with clean eating.  When I do well with clean eating, my body notices.

And as always, I know that keeping my inside clean, as in spiritually, kindness, bettering myself as a person, is far more important than the vanity of the outside, so I have been trying to be better about longer devotional times, more genuine prayers and have been reading a bunch of awesome books that I will post about when I am finished.  I have about 10 going right now, a page at a time, so it will be awhile before they make it to the book review page, but we will get there.

Anyone who wants to can join me…we can keep each other accountable.


weekly update

Progress…slow but steady!  🙂  I attribute most of it to the whole and non-processed foods!

My bmi is sitting right at 20.5  … would love for it to be under 20 still…hopefully progress continues.

I braved the body fat measurements and ranged from 15% to 19% pending on the calculator…all in athletic range…I was pretty happy with that…still have some percentages to go, but all in all, pretty ok.

I just have to remember this as motivation to keep getting healthier!  🙂



weekly update

Eating cleaner, avoiding dyes and eating a bit less has slowly gotten me on the right track.  We emptied our pantry and fridge before vacation so it was a good opportunity to fill everything up with healthy foods.  My husband has his own junk food stash though.  🙂  

My BMI is under 21 now which is good, on the way to under 20, which will be better.  I am likely going to start body fat measurements again soon now that my allergic reaction water weight has gone down some.  

A couple things that tripped me up with yellow dye were vanilla ice cream and natural trail mix with dried fruit.  But, since I have avoided dyes so well everywhere else it was easy to know what caused it and when ingredients were check it was confirmed.  

Be back next week!  

Weekly Update and MUD

First of all, I did the Mud event this weekend!  I LOVED IT!  I am now hooked.  I just wish they weren’t so expensive.  I really want to do the Tough Mudder, but it is killer $$$$.  We will see.  The one I did with my hubby and friends was almost 8 miles and 26 obstacles.  LOVED IT!  And my hubby and I got more time together than we have in a long time.

Weight stats…still staying away from body fat percentage until my weight comes down.  It has not changed, but my clothes fit better?  So I am sure there is some muscle gain, but I still want the shred…so hoping for that to come soon.

Be back in a week!

weekly update

I can see my stomach again!  🙂  After a couple months of the back and forth with my belly (and the rest of my body) and food reactions, I can see the muscles and my waist again.  I know it has to do with avoiding specific foods, but I think another part of it is that I have to record my food now to turn into my allergist.  No one wants to turn in a list of a million calories a day.  😉

So…I ventured to the scale.  My BMI is back up to 20.6…which is not where I want it to be…my goal is still to have it below 20.  BUT, in light of everything that has been going on with my body, I will take it.  It had been above 21 not too long ago.  I am not ready to try my body fat measurements yet…but will get there soon.

The latest on the allergy front is that my doctor thinks it could be food dyes.  I am wondering if anyone out there is allergic to more than one color of food dyes, because it seems as though I would have to be if that is the connecting factor.  Only time will tell.

As usual, any helpful info is always welcome.  🙂

weekly update

I feel that since I have started the weekly updates there have been more frustrated posts than not.  Hmmm…maybe I should back off and report back in a year?  😉

So “on paper” I should have lost 1-2 pounds this week based on diet and exercise.  In reality…nope.  It is always so much fun to be hungry and tired at the end of a week and have nothing to show for it.  *sigh*.

I have not been doing as many HIIT routines with my foot…but I found a way to tape it to keep it pretty good on elliptical.  It is much better than it was, but if I use it too much it does still turn into that marshmallow balloon foot.  Still…I did get in my weekly workouts and ate less than normal and still…no progress.

Gave into food today, so back to it tomorrow…strict strict strict.  I am still a bit afraid to start measuring body fat…maybe next week…

See ya back here then 🙂

weekly update

Frustrated!  So SO so SO frustrated!

So…my calories have been on target.  My workouts have been on target.  My off days have been less off and fewer than normal.  I have lost body fat, BUT have gained weight!  Personal trainers out there…help!  I have been hungry and tired this week especially and my weight it up.

A couple things I am wondering…have I reached the hard to penetrate through plateau? …did my body get so used to my old lifting routine that my muscles drifted away a bit and now that I am on new workout programs they are bulking up and adding weight?  …previously I had backed off a bit on squats and leg press because they made my legs a bit bulkier, but they were toned…could my new leg routine be doing that?

I don’t know, but I am frustrated.  I say that knowing that my BMI is 20.2, and that is SO not bad.  I say that knowing that in the grand scheme of life, this is NO big deal.  I say that knowing that I am blessed to be able to eat and workout.  But I say that knowing I now have even more serious work to do to reach my goal.

So BMI is 20.2

BF% ranges but averages 17%  My lowest reading is 13.9%  Like that one!

Got my waist (natural bend) back to 23 inches…like that too!

My waist at BB…24.5 inches

My stomach below belly button…27 inches

Rest of my measurements remain pretty much the same.

Be back in a week, hopefully not as hungry or tired and hopefully less weight than more.  😛

weekly update

Here it goes…weight a little more than last week, and honestly with my exercise and calories I am not sure why.  But, it is what it is.  Anyway, here are ALL my stats.  Don’t do this all the time, so it is about time for a big update.

Tape Measurements:

Waist at natural bend (right above belly button) = 23.5

Waist at belly button = 25

Stomach (including love handles) = 28

Thigh at widest = 19.5

Thigh in middle = 18

Biceps = 10

Forearms = 8

Hips = 34

BMI = 20

Body Fat percentages:

Jackson Pollock 7 = 14.2

Jackson Pollock 4 = 14.4

Jackson Pollock 3 = 16

Perillo = 18

Tape Measure = 18

Really want to get back under 20 for BMI

Weekly Update

No changes to speak of this week in body fat percentage or weight…which is huge, because I have been baking (and sampling) all week for friends and to not do any damage is a good thing!  Here is hoping to go down in numbers next week, BUT I did lose an inch in my waist.  Soooo…if I suck in I can get my waist to be 24 inches.  🙂  This was happy news!

The picture on the refrigerator has stirred up a lot of conversation.  I was planning on just putting it up when no one was going to be here, but it would be a pain to take down and up, so Brittany Tacy is still on the fridge trying to curb my food temptations.  I did however put a moose head magnet on top of her head so that my hubby doesn’t have some fridge chick to stare at.  😉  He’s a good guy, he wouldn’t anyway, but no use putting it right in his face.  Anyway, my mom is super sweet and told me I was thinner than her, which I am not, but it was still sweet of her to say.  And then my friend commented on her legs (after laughing about the moose head), but then when I showed up at a Halloween party as Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), that same friend was like…”wow!  Look at your legs…you are the girl on the fridge!”  While I know I am not there yet, both comments were encouraging.  It makes me feel like my hard work is paying off (not like I am working for the next medical breakthrough)…staying healthy is good.

Which brings me to…I am finally accepting that if I want to be strong the way I want to be strong, I am not going to be the skinniest girl on the block.  I still see the ultra thin girls and think about being that size, but then I realize that my husband likes me just how I am and there is not one other person that needs to like how I look other than him.  Plus, as beautiful as those super skinny girls are, and as strong as they may be, I like being able to lift and be toned the way I am trying to be.  So…I haven’t fully accepted it yet…but I am getting there.    Like I have always said in the past, as long as my husband likes me I am good.  AND more important than that, I need to focus on my insides more than my outsides…my heart, soul and spirit.  Having God use me trumps anything and everything else in my life.

One last thing, I have been free of diet drinks and gum for a few weeks now.  I don’t miss them too much.  Funny how last year at this time when I was thinner but continuously dieting and eating lots of artificial foods that my bloodwork was pretty poor.  This year, even though I have gained a few pounds, by eating real food and working out a little bit harder, my cholesterol and blood sugar are way healthy!  So I am definitely an advocate for not being underweight and not living on artificial food.  🙂