|A pic of when I stopped really caring.....|
Ok on to the day, "I was like WTF has happened to me". I got up in the middle of the night and I was scratching my back, as I was going pee. Yes, TMI, I know! :) As I am doing this, I feel what I think is a chicken cutlet, right by my underarm/back. OMG it was a FAT ROLL! A BIG ONE! I was like, how the heck did this happen. How did I get back here. UGH....it was SO depressing. I was working out, so how can this be. I know how, now, I was eating too much AND I had gotten too "comfortable". Plus my workouts were the same old thing and my body had "stalled". I was walking/running every day, but my body was too used to this. I had been eating "healthy" for YEARS so I thought I was doing great. Well, I wasn't. I decided to do p90x, which was great, but I did it without once again, watching what I ate. The end result...I was leaner but I wasn't toned! I was eating all the right foods, just too many of them...LOL I decided it was time to start tracking my calories (I use myfitnesspal, my user name is drewliv518). Boy was this an eye opener! I got pretty strict and tracked everything I put in my mouth. Hell I realized that I was using way too much coffee creamer!! I was amazed at how much of that crap I DIDN'T need!! I was also eating way too many snacks. You know, those snacks you don't realize you are eating, when you are preparing dinner. DAMN, I liked to shove all kinds of stuff in there! I was eating cheese and wheat thins, some wine, a few chips here and there. All that crap adds up to a freaking meal, before your actual meal. I also stopped counting fat, carbs and all that stuff. I knew I was making the right choices, as far as healthy foods, I was just eating too many. Now I stick to 1440 calories a day (and strictly just calories) and burn about 250-500/ a day. I am now a size 4/6. I bought my first pair of size 4 pants at The Limited, this past December. I can also fit into a size 27 in jeans. I swear, I NEVER thought that day would come!!! SO.....here is what a typical day of food, looks like for me:
When I wake up, I chug a HUGE glass of water and have 2 cups of coffee. I make flavored coffee and use 2 Tablespoons of fat free half and half. I also drink tons and tons of water, all day long.
Breakfast at my desk is, oatmeal with flaxseed and a bagel thin with PB2 and some ham. SO far calories are at 300.
Lunch is always a salad I make myself and a piece of protein (usually always chicken) some string beans and a sweet potato. This adds up to about 450.
Dinner is protein with a starch and veggie. That adds up to about 450.
So this puts me at about 1200 so I will throw in a snack of Greek yogurt and fruit or some wine. I also love sugar free jell-o. Oh and let's not forget, I am an ice cream freak!!! It can be 50 below zero outside and I will eat it. Only difference now, I measure out just 1/2 and put it in a cake cone. I measure all my food now. It keeps me on track!
My workouts right now consist of 30-day shred, ripped in 30 and kickboxing (Jill Coleman and Taebo) and tabata (Jill Coleman). I do one at lunch, then one, when I get home. All of this combined is what has gotten my body leaned out and toned. I do not do any other ab work. Kickboxing is so amazing for the abs. Tabata is so awesome because the workout I do is 19 minutes and you are a sweaty mess when you are done. It also helps your body to continue to burn calories over the next 24-48 hours. I do all of these workouts at home. Either in the living room, or in Liv's bedroom. She has an ancient tv and dvd player in there. I refuse to make excuses, I make it work, however I can.
I still HATE my legs, but they are improving. I don't notice the loose skin as much. But like my husband tells me, I can't control that. He tells me to remember just how far I have come. I guess thinner thighs with some loose skin, is better than really big thighs and no loose skin. I also have stretch marks on my belly, that I got from gaining so much weight, so quickly, as a teen. I was 212 pounds in 8th grade...YIKES! These do no bother me as much. I have worked too hard to get some ab definition, to not wear a bikini. I mean I used to be the girl that worea t-shirt over her suit and NEVER took it off. And.... I am 41, if you don't like what you see, turn the other way...right?!?!? :)