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

Not much to report this week.  Since you have been on this journey with me you have known that this goal is taking a long time.  But it isn’t going the wrong direction, so that is good, right?  The whole build muscle and lose weight thing is hard for me to figure out.

No weight loss again this week….measurements all pretty much the same.

However, even though I have only been doing this no weighing myself everyday and trying to make healthier food choices instead of only calorie counting I feel a lot better.  I am keeping my calories in check, feeling full because of eating the right foods, working out a lot.  My clothes fit well and so I am HOPEFUL that soon my goal will be reached.  But I like this approach better instead of running to the scale  5 times a day and restricting calories so much all week that I gain it all back on my off days.  I am just going to try to be consistently healthy.  The last 2 days though, avoiding diet cola again and processed foods 80% of the time has me feeling so much better!  I hope I can keep this new mindset and approach…it is healthier for mind and body.

My goals remain the same…eat right, lower calories, workout 6 days a week, aiming for 5 pound loss minimum, 7 pound loss maximum.

Will keep you posted!

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

BMI 19.8

Body fat percentage…did my 6 tests and they averaged 17 %  The Durnin Wormesley one always throws me off.  The rest are closer to 14 and 15.  🙂

My goal continues to take a longer than wanted time, BUT it also continues to go in the right direction in a healthy way!  🙂

Also lost 1/2 inch from my hips!  yay!

Challenge and Accountablilty

This is not a New Year resolution.  I have been up and down on my weight goal for quite some time now.  The weight loss has been slow but I have added a lot of muscle, so…   Anyway, I am down to the last 5 pounds I want to lose (After this week it may be 7 pounds…weigh in Saturday).  Anyone want to join me in the last 5 pound challenge?  We could come up with some way to hold each other accountable in diet and exercise.  I would love to get 5 pounds off by February 1st…I know it is healthily possible.  I would love to have a partner in crime…hint hint hint.  Join me in the “fun”  😉

weekly update

Frustrated…

All my progress has gone back to the beginning…erg!   I am again sick and just can’t get my body moving, so I gain the weight.  😦  I am hopeful to get back into the swing of things this week…my goal will not be met by the end of the year (it wouldn’t be healthy to do so)…but hopefully not too long after.  I keep tossing around the idea of a personal trainer…but I know what I need to do, it would just be for accountability, so I keep reminding myself that I need to be better about keeping myself accountable.

Weekly Update

Still no change, but considering Thanksgiving was this week, I take no gain as a victory.  Starting tomorrow, I am stepping up the strictness on food 6 days a week, because I know with the holidays there will be at least 1 day a week where there will be too much temptation to be strict 7 days.  😉  Will keep you posted on how I do and will be back next week!  🙂

Weekly Update

Frustrated a bit, but it is ALL my fault, so no one to blame but me.

No progress to speak of.  If I followed my plan I would have progress each week.  I truly wish I wasn’t an emotional eater…but, alas.

Between Halloween candy, baking for a slew of friends (with sampling) and the outcome of the election, I suppose I should be glad that I didn’t blow up this week.  Election night was bad…I put a disgusting amount of food in my body.  I am not proud of this.

I had wanted to reach my goal before now, because now I face the holidays.  And starting next week…there is some event or party each week until the new year.  This does not bode well for losing weight.  I am hoping I can convince myself to be good all week to be able to splurge a little on these events.  I will certainly keep you posted…

Be back next week!

Weekly Update

Here are the stats for the week:

So I finally lost a pound!  Crazy it took so long…and then I celebrated, so probably put it all back on.  Oh dear.

BMI is now between 20.3 and 20.6 pending on the scale.  🙂

Body fat is now between 14 and 23 %, which is the same as last week but more are closer to 14 than 23.  🙂

I am happy with my progress, hope I didn’t ruin it completely and hope to make more progress for the next update.

In similar news…

I have been dancing around giving up artificial sweeteners for awhile.  I know they are bad for you.  I know (no matter what anyone says) sticking all those chemicals inside of your body is not okay.  I have rationalized my consumption of them, because they are low calorie and make me think I am full for awhile.  So, this week I got rid of the diet soda (again, I have done this before) and I am hoping to give up gum as well.  I even gave up Egg Beaters unless they are purely egg whites there is no reason to eat eggs from a box that is filled with 25 other ingredients.  I know I will still have artificial ingredients in certain things, but baby steps work better for me than cold turkey.  The binge monster strikes when I go cold turkey on anything food related.

I have also been playing the size game…I have my size goal, but what is that really?  I do wish there was an accurate size system across the board.  I ordered pants this week following the company’s size chart and ordered 2 different sizes.  Both sizes fit…normally.  How does that work?  The size number has gone down in current years.  It isn’t that people are thinner, just that the measurements for a size 10 in the past are the same as the measurements for a current size 2, I believe.  On the flip side, while I know there is a great deal of vanity sizing there comes a point when the concern of it all has to stop.  There has to be more newsworthy information than making people feel like they are thinner or heavier than they really are.

My 2 cents on that long sidebar…if you are concerned with size, make a measurement goal and a weight goal for yourself.  If you want to, you can even make a body fat percentage goal for yourself.  Unless  I am mistaken I think tape measures are still right on the mark.  😉

But, if you still really want to know some info…I researched some this week.  H and M seems to be the most accurate in terms of measurement and size.  Their size 2 is about 23.5 inch waist with a 33 hip and size 4 is about 25 inches in the waist with 34.5 hip.  Size 4 at H and M is a size 0 at Dockers and a size 1 at Old Navy.  The Gap has a size 0 at 24 inch waist and a 36.5 inch hip and a size 2 at a 25 in waist and 37 inch hip.  I think H and M is most accurate, because I think that very few women should be in a size 0.  Realistically it isn’t healthy for most, with the exception being if you are in a vanity size 0 which could be a 4 or 6 in normal sizing.  I am much more into measurements than size these days, but was in an A-Type mood, so thought I would share.  😉

Oh yeah…one last little tidbit from the week…I overworked my back and shoulders a little bit, which is really pathetic since my arms are not very strong, but alas…anyway, Icy Hot patches are amazing!  Love them!  🙂

Be back next week for another update.  🙂

Weekly Update

Let me first say that I find it ironic that I like my body better now than I did when I weighed quite a bit less.  Strange, but I suppose I like seeing the little bit of muscle I have now that was not around before.  I do admit to  still getting bummed when certain clothes don’t fit the same anymore, though.

Also, Brittany Tacy, the  one whose plan I am “trying” to follow has somehow achieved strength and slimness…that is my goal…to be strong without being bulky.  I am loving that she and other body builders post their workouts for free.  I enjoy quite a few workouts that I spend money on or have borrowed, but I honestly get my best workout from her and it is free…free!  Love it.  🙂

Alright, on to the update:

No big changes…frustrated a bit, but I did have some sugar binges so I should be happy that I didn’t go up.

STATS UPDATE:

Body fat percentage: 15% – 23% pending on method.  However, here is where I see results…more are closer to 15% than 23%

BMI: 20.3 – 20.8 pending on scale

Tape measurements: same as last measure

More: gradually adding more weight to my workouts

GOALS:

Body fat percentage: all near 15 % or less

BMI: 19.1-19.5

Tape measurements: wouldn’t mind a smaller hip measurement.

 

Back again next week.  🙂