Sunday, February 26, 2012
I continue on, tho change (and results) is certainly coming slowly.
My troupe is getting ready for a dance competition in Tacoma next weekend, so there have been 3 troupe practices a week...I've had to do major alteration on my costume, because the vendor said "yes, I have your size!" then sent me a too small costume. No time to send it all back and say "you were dishonest we'll take our business elsewhere" - so I've had to modify.
When I send you my hip measurement as 53 inches (ouch that hurts to type) and you send me a belt 49" inches long - how does that fit? There has to be overlap to attach hooks so the belt stays on, so I needed at LEAST a 54" long belt. The top does not fit well at all either. The other three gals (all a "normal" size) costumes look nice and fit reasonably well. The only conclusion I can come to is they made these "plus" size costumes with no plus size woman around and they just made everything bigger rather than in proportion.
So I'm hitting the stage looking...like my costume doesn't fit well, because it DOESN'T, and while I've worked on it, there isn't much I can do about it.
The joys of being plus size. Sigh. I plan on posting pics sometime this week, to share the journey. It will be what it will be.
Monday, February 13, 2012
No change from last week, in either measurements or weight.
Troupe practices are ramped up - 3x a week instead of 2x. Because of the extra time/fatigue factor, I made it to the gym 2x instead of 3.
With working 6 days this week, I was/am tired.
Besides no measureable change, I am noticing my abdomen is getting really soft and flabby. Used to be quite firm. So, change is happening.
At the gym, I was able to extend my intervals of jogging on the treadmill from 1 min each to 1.5 min each. That's a first, so I can tell my cardiovascular strength is increasing.
Had to have a heart to heart with myself this a.m., as I've been procrastinating on my own competition routine. My troupe is competing, and I've put all my energy into that routine - I don't want to be the "weak link" you know? But that means I've completely ignored my own solo competition routine.
So this a.m, I ran through it 3x and have made a committment to myself to continue doing so every morning.
As in, STOP putting myself last. Whew. I can't wait til that is an automatic thing rather than something i have to continually battle.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Weight: 250 - down 2 pounds FINALLY
Waist: 47.75 - up .5 inch
Hips: 53:5 - down 1 inch.
It took three weeks of the gym and changing things around to lose 2 pounds. Insanely grateful SOMETHING is happening, but, really? three weeks?
I realize it's very difficult to measure yourself and be in exactly the same spot week in and week out, especially with a lot of belly fat. I think these measurements are pretty correct tho, because...When you have a lot of abdominal fat and you begin to lose it, I've discovered before, you don't just "shrink". The fat....shifts. As I lose weight, my belly sags farther down and my rolls...change. I've been using my belly button as my "waist" guide mark, because of the way my fat sits on my body, that is where the narrowest part of my abdomen is. Since, however, there is a roll of fat above my "waist" and a roll of fat below it...as I lose weight those rolls shift. Measuring is helpful, but not always a concrete thing...just like weight.
Why go into all that? Because I didn't know it when I started measuring/weighing and working with a 100 lb excess of fat on my body. I had to figure it out the hard way and be discouraged when i saw my belly heading for my knees! Now I know - it means I'm making progress!
Continuing to tweak how I approach Me, The Experiment. Getting better at water, more regular in tracking calories, and finding balance in getting my workouts.
4 a week? totally not happening right now. Three a week is a stretch, so that's what I'm going to aim for.
Here's to another week of doing it.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Still don't have my year goals completely figured out! Decided I'd better get something on for February...you know, plan to succeed or plan to fail kinda thing.
I figured for down and dirty, I'd simply go for improving last month's stats.
Worked out: 11 tunes (this is gym/strength, not dance)
Tracked food: 7 times (only started back up again 10 days ago)
Mileage: 9.91 miles
Calories burned: 2145
Blech. Overall, what sad numbers!
I can certainly improve upon that!
Track food: 20
Mileage: 5 miles a week - 20 miles
Calories burned: I have no idea how to make a reasonable goal for this, so as an experiment, I'll just go with doubling it: 4000
If I don't have a goal, I won't get anywhere. All I can do is set them, and keep tweaking them monthly to get them achievable and reasonable.
Monday, January 30, 2012
After stepping off the scale this a.m., I didn't much feel like writing a post.
Weight: 255, up 3 pounds from last week
Let's look at last week...
Added strength training
Much better about getting the water in
Not so good:
Only hit the gym 2 times/only 1 real dance practice. This is very different than what has been happening. I didn't make my calorie burn goal or mileage goal because of it.
Tracking food did not happen
Meds/supplements - Skipped overall.
Sleep was extremely poor several nights, including last night
This last week was a work 6 days week, and I went into it exhausted. I was over committed in the evenings. I had a couple long, drawn out arguments with my partner. My kids were...teenagers.
Needless to say, with poor sleep over the weekend, I'm pretty much repeating starting the week off badly. So, what can I do about that?
1. Track my food - doggedly. If I don't track, I won't see where I am munching away trying to stay awake and focused.
2. Take my meds and supplements.
3. Hit the gym for cardio a minimum of 2 more days this week, and do strength training one more time this week (I did both yesterday).
4. Really, really work on sleep, even if it means taking a sleep aid this week. I am no closer to a let down in work stress/hours this week and won't be for several MORE weeks. Poor sleep means skipping the gym, being crabby, eating more than I need.
I haven't measured in a long time, and thought I would start again since sometimes the tape measure will show success the scale does not. Since a couple of those measurements are about a year old, so I measured this a.m. to see where I'm starting from:
Me, The Experiment continues. Weekly tweaking what I'm doing to see what makes fat loss happen.
Now - HAPPY NEWS! After getting an unexpected windfall, I paid off all those nagging bills that had creditors calling me a zillion times a day...and while I'm not quite debt free, I'm DARN CLOSE! There was a little left over, and my partner and I are going to Disneyland in October! We never had a honeymoon...and we both are crazy about Disney. I was there in 2002, but Jodie hasn't been since the 70s. We've wanted to go so bad in the seven years we've been together, but never any money. We purchased the plane/hotel tickets this weekend and I'm super excited. We are going during Gay Days, a weekend LGBTQ folks from all over go...it's not an "official" DL park thing, they actually don't sponsor ANY group, be it baptists or gays, LOL. But there will be several thousand people there, just like us - there with the person they love at the Happiest Place On Earth!
Even more reason to work on stamina and health, so that we can enjoy it fully! Jodie has begun going to the gym with me - which is the biggest shift in her mentality toward "health" ever, and we have switched to organic/hormone and antibacterial-free meat.
Changes to last a lifetime, I hope! So while this week may not have been the best ever, it's had some good moments!
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