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Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Do you picture the witch in the Wizard of Oz when you read the title of this blog? If not, you probably will now! No I am not a witch (although I am sure many will disagree and perhaps even object to my spelling of the word thinking that they w is a typo) but yes, I am melting!

I usually step on the scale and do my body fat measurements every second Monday which would be tomorrow but today is one of those days where I knew that the weather would give me a quiet day at the store and not exactly be conducive to any creative summer sewing so I figured that I would take advantage of a quiet day to myself and spend it catching up on paperwork and that includes writing my blog. It is hard to write about my journey towards my goals unless I know where exactly I am – hence the early measurements.

When I started on my body fat reduction challenge at the beginning of April I was pretty motivated after measuring in at 179lbs and 29% body fat.I honestly didn’t really think that pregnancy, bedrest and a c-section would get to me the way it did but I was wrong. All the knowledge in the world didn’t stop me from putting on the pounds and there was no one to blame but myself – I should have counteracted my inactivity with a reduction of caloric intake but I didn’t and my laziness and complacent attitude caught up with me. It was a huge ego-tripping slap upside the head with reality and hence my 3 month plan.

Well here we are – 8 weeks and almost 2 full months into that plan and I have to admit that I am pretty proud of myself. Originally I wanted to lose 5%BF, 15lbs and 12 inches in total, bringing my goal size to 24%BF, 165lbs and 12 inches smaller. Well after the first month, I decided to up that goal and shoot for the moon (even if you miss, you will land among the stars) and changed my goal to push for a total loss of 7% body fat, 20lbs and 18 inches (waist, belly, thighs and hips) – bringing my goal body composition to 22%BF, 159lbs and well, 18 inches smaller giving me more lean, toned muscle mass (6-pack here I come). I didn’t change my goal date – which is still June 30 – three months. It is an aggressive goal, and a challenge to do in a healthy sustainable manner, especially being a breastfeeding mom – I have to ensure that I maintain adequate calorie intake, balance nutrients and of course don’t over-stress my body because I have a tiny one depending on me for his nourishment as well as my own. Lucky think I have a great nutritionist and fitness trainer working with me – I couldn’t do it without her! 😉

Ok ok, enough with the self love. This morning I stood on the scale and…. 164lbs – 24% Body fat! So that is a total loss of 15lbs and 5% body fat – my original goal for the 3 month timeline and we are only 2/3 of the way there! In addition to this, I have also lost 2″ around my belly, 2″ around my waist, 1″ around my hips and maybe the most exciting – 2.5″ around each of my thighs (yes my thighs!!!) for a total inch loss of 10″ to date!! I do have to admit that I am most excited about the loss in my thighs because like every other woman out there, there is one part of my body that I consider detrimental to a health body image and those parts are my thighs! I have always struggled with my legs – I carry fat in my thighs and since they are also very muscular – to me they have always looked disproportionately large – and now, they are finally starting to melt away!!! I couldn’t be more excited!!!!

So Here we are  – 5 more weeks to go and I am still pushing for another 2%BF, 5lbs and 8″ loss…. June is going to be an exiting, and challenging month! I am so grateful that I have 4 fitness classes a week to rely on, on top of anything ‘extra’ I choose to do in my free time. Sitting here in a pair of size 8 jeans that I had to trade a brand new pair of size 10’s in for – a pair that I just bought in April, that were already too big for me nd realizing that even these 8’s could be a bit snugger and June 30 will see me in a size 6 – a number I haven’t seen in 20 years – I couldn’t ask for more motivation.

5 more weeks? Bring them on, I am ready – June, here I come!!!


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Half way there and…

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Ok so I am late with this posting – I should have written this blog on Monday. I am late with my newsletter too – yes again! What a crazy hectic life I lead but I can’t really complain because without it I would be bored out of my mind. I tried the whole stay at home mom thing – not for me so crazy-assed hectic it is! Bet late than never I guess…

So on Monday – the 6 week mark into my 3 month goal, I stepped on the scale with a bit of trepidation. I haven’t exactly been well behaved and focused the last two weeks. A few too many glasses of wine, not enough effort in my workouts (although I did add a 3rd boot camp) and absolutely no effort put into an extra workout between classes. Yep, I have been a bad girl! yep, it is true, I am human! No really, I am!

On a positive note though – I haven’t exactly been that bad! Regular healthy snacks, low-fat, low cal meals well balanced with proteins, fats and carbs, a ton of water and even some extra sleep thanks to my now 5-month old son actually figuring out that night time is no longer an all-you-can-eat buffet!

Ok so Monday morning comes and I am getting ready to leave for the spa (thank you to my darling husband who booked me a full day of treatments) and I am standing at the scale wondering how I am going to explain my lack of results to all of you and…. 165lbs and 25% body fat!! PHEW!! Thank you to my high metabolism and activity level!!  I did it! I am now officially the same body fat and even lighter weight – actually this is the lightest I have been since my husband has known me although he swears he sees no difference in my body because I have always been perfect (yes I have him well trained!).

Needless to say, I am both relieved and newly motivated! In 6 weeks I have managed to lose 4% body fat, 14 lbs and a total of 8.5″ on my waist, belly, thighs (Yes even my thighs!!! YEAH!) and hips! I have mentioned before that I don’t measure my chest because I am still nursing so we have a few more months to determine where these puppies end up (Ok, 6 months, 3 weeks and 6 days – but who’s counting??)

So here we go – the 6 week countdown to 22% Body Fat. I know this will be the toughest stretch yet and will take a lot of focus. I honestly don’t know if I am quite up to the challenge – it’s is really going to take work and dedication. There are moments of weakness that I think it would be better to just change my goal than to change my lifestyle even more but then I look in the mirror and envision where I want to be, how I want to feel, how I want to look. I think about the amazing trip we have planned to Hawaii to celebrate our anniversary next year and I think about how fast 40 is creeping up on me. If I am ever going to do it – now is the time because it will only get harder from here on out. I also think about letting people down – you, my cliets, my friends and family. Not that they care what my body percentage is, but they do care about integrity and so do I. I said I was going to do it and I am going to stick to my guns – kick myself in the ass just like I would any of my clients ready to quit and remind myself that every time we break a promise to our self, we chip away at our self esteem.

I can do this. I will do this – for me, for you and mostly just because I said I would.

So here we go… 6 weeks and counting. How are you doing on your goals???

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