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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Showing my ass


Ha!  Well, not exactly.  Since I started working out again, I have become reaquainted with workout clothing.  I haven't found anything that adequately covers up the part of my body that I am most self-conscious of...my ass. 

I mean, really, I have this pair of cute, low-rise sweatpants that I used to wear around all the time with colorful tank tops thinking it was, well, cute and sort of hid my giant ass.  One day, I don't know what possessed me, but I decided to pick up a hand mirror and turn around to get a look at my rear view. 

As I took a look in that mirror, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  Not only were those cute (junior-cut, extra large sized) sweatpants not attractive on my from behind, I found that my entire backside, including my back and upper arms, was horrifying!  I just couldn't believe that was me!  Even though I knew that I was over-weight (I have been wearing a size 14 and could feel myself needing to go shop for 16s) I am one of the "lucky" ones who wears the weight evenly distributed on my body.  Although I do, of course, get bigger when I gain weight, it is all distributed throughout my body, so it's not quite as noticeable (to me) as the pounds start to creep up.  It kind of sneaks up on me.  I don't get a giant belly (although I do get soft and doughy around the middle and have 3 rolls when I sit down) I just grow, well, everywhere.

So, back to what I was saying before, I was looking in this mirror because I was checking the rear-view, for whatever reason, and I was shocked at how fat I looked from behind.  I knew I had to do something.  I was so embarrassed.

So, for further torture, I went and purchased some yoga pants to walk and work out in.  Now, I don't know about you, but I was sort of thinking that if I found some really cute, color coordinated workout clothes, specifically, YOGA clothing, I would look svelte and "put-together" while I worked to sweat my ass off!  So, imagine my horror when I got my new, super-cute, boot-cut, yoga pants with the colorful, fold-over band around the hips on my ass and looked in the rear-view mirror and saw that, not only did I still look fat, (REALLY??) but the cotton and spandex yoga pants cupped the bottom of my ass in such a way as to ENHANCE the effect of the lumps and depth of the "hidden pocket" formed where my ass cheeks met my upper thighs!!  (Have you ever heard of the thing where you can check the status of your sagging boobs by doing the pencil test?  No?  Google it.  Anyway, I could not only hold a pencil in those folds, I could have held a ruler in there and you wouldn't be able to see it.  Seriously.  I know.  Sorry.)

I knew one thing.  I needed to cover that up immediately!  So, over my super-cute new yoga pants went one of my workout jackets.  Tied around the waist.  Like this:
Only, I'm not Halle Berry with  an adorable pregnant belly, but you get the idea.

In my mind, even though adding more fabric and bulk around the middle seems to draw attention to and widen the problem area, covering up that well-cupped fold-over and lumpy, wide view, was much more important to my delicate ego in it's current, weakened condition.  So, in cute yoga clothing with a bulky jacket tied around my middle, I started walking and running, then running, then injuring and rehabbing, then walking/running, then injuring, then rehabbing and walking, and walking and working out with weights and stationary biking and eliptical trainering, all the while trying to eat clean and healthy, my way to last night.  When I put on my super cute yoga pants and got ready to tie my jacket around my waist and, for some reason, stopped to check the rear-view mirror...

Holy moly!!

You know that fold-over thingie at the bottom of my ass that I was talking about earlier??  Well, it's still there.  A little.  I mean, it's MUCH SMALLER.  And my ass doesn't quite look so broad!  And the folds at my waist in the back?  Gone on one side, and NEARLY gone on the other!  13 pounds.  I haven't thought it is much.  But it's a LOT!  In my rear-view mirror.

So, you know what I did last night?  I went for a very long walk and sweated my ass off.  As usual.  But, without a jacket tied around my waist.  And I felt really, really good. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

It's working!

I'm starting to lose weight again!  I just had to post and let you know (you know who you are) not to give up.  It's really hard to keep going when we don't see results in a timely manner.  It's hard to stick to or try to tweak or entirely change up a diet and continue to try to be disciplined when you don't see any payoff for all of the work. 

As I said the other day, I've been at the same weight for nearly 2 months now.  That is so frustrating in the context that I am seriously working hard to reduce the number on the scale and the size of my ass!  So a few days ago, I decided to go back to a diet I was on before that helped me get over a medical problem I was having.  This was The Alkaline Miracle diet.  It worked before and it's working again.  The scale has moved.  A little.  But it's something.

I didn't go into it before, but when I was on this program the last time, I found it by accident.  I was having an issue with my lower legs, feet and ankles swelling up.  Actually, they were swollen for a couple of weeks before I really realized I was having a problem.  When I first noticed some discomfort, I felt like I needed to stretch my calves because I had worked out too hard and my muscles were sore.  Only I wasn't working out and there was no reason for my legs to be sore.  I guess I'm a little slow sometimes because I'm so busy with being a working mom, but about two weeks into this feeling, I realized that my ankles and feet were literally twice their normal size and I was having trouble squatting because of  the swelling in my calves. 

All of a sudden, I was very alarmed.  I had never experienced anything like that before without it being linked to an injury.  Or pregnancy.  So, of course, I began trying to self-diagnose by googling my symptoms.  All kinds of things came up, from heart failure to kidney failure.  All of them very scary!  From the lists of symptoms I read, the only one that seemed even remotely possible was kidney failure. Now, you must realize that, at the time, I was 48 years old, a police officer in uniform with approximately 25 pounds of equipment around my waist and upper body every day, standing most of the day, and out of shape. 

As I googled "kidney failure" and looked for self cures for what was ailing me, I came across a discussion board about kidney failure and several people mentioned getting on a high alkaline diet.  I started looking into the diet and found the book I mentioned above, The Alkaline Miracle.  I immediately bought the book and started doing the diet the same day.  I think I mentioned that the diet consists of mostly green veggies, a little fish, some nuts and grains, and lots of water.  It seemed doable, so I did it.  I noticed results immediately.  Within 3 days, all of the swelling in my legs was gone and I felt amazing!  I lost 17 pounds.  I did not find the diet difficult to stick to.  (There is no dairy or meat, but I gave up dairy several years ago and didn't really miss the meat.)  The only bummer was all the prep for the fresh vegetables.

I was doing fine until I watched the movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and decided to try juicing for 10 days.  Three days into the juicing, I started feeling sick.  I had a migraine and was lethargic.  It was too much so I started eating food trying to feel better.  Then I started sliding backwards with my diet and soon was back where I started as far as my diet was concerned.  My take-away lesson?  Moderation.  The alkaline diet is healthy and, for me, balanced.  The juicing only?  Not for me. 

So, for the last few days, I've been juicing some fresh veggies and adding them to my protein shakes twice a day, and basically following an alkaline diet.  And I've lost a couple of pounds.  I feel awesome and very motivated to continue.  I'll keep you posted, but, as of today, I've lost 13 pounds and I have 20 to go to reach my goal.  Yay me!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Still plugging away


Well, I can honestly say that I am working my ass off.  Since I am off for summer vacation, I've been using my extra free time to work out.  I decided to take advantage of the gym in my community center (only $50 per year!!) and have continued with my walking daily (the other day I walked 10 miles!)

I've added upper body workouts, doing them every 4 days or so.  I have decided to do my entire upper body on one day instead of splitting it up into two days and am basically following the Body for Life type of weight workout.  I'm trying not to over do it here in the beginning and haven't been overly sore.  Having the gym to work out in has been great.  It's air conditioned and clean and has everything I need to get it done for now.  In addition to the weight equipment, there is a stationary bike, an eliptical machine and treadmill.  I've been using the bike and treadmill alot in addition to my usual walking outside. 

On the treadmill, I've been using the incline at the highest setting and doing a lot of walking backwards (I really feel it in my butt and the fronts of my thighs.)  I feel like I'm doing everything I can to get the weight off.

My diet has been good (definitely keeping the calories under control) and I've been recording everything on Myfitnesspal.com.  I wear my fitbit all the time and myfitnesspal adjusts my calorie intake for the day based on my exercising so it is great, no guesswork!

The bummer is that no matter that I'm following all of that, working out like a fiend and eating a healthy, balanced diet, I'm still not losing the weight in a satisfactory way (meaning I've been the same weight now for about 2 months.)  Yesterday, I remembered that I used a program by Dr. Young called The Alkaline Miracle last year when I was having some health issues.  The diet worked great.  I lost 17 pounds while on the diet and I didn't exercise at all at the time.  My health issue completely resolved as well.  I found it pretty easy to stick to, but the prep time for all the veggies I was eating eventually got to be a pain and I stopped doing it.

Well, I'm going back to it.  I started yesterday.  The results are really pretty immediate in the way I feel.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Check it out for yourself.

As for the Isagenix products, the jury is still out.  I've been using the shakes for about 3 weeks now.  I don't really notice any difference between the way I feel using them verses the EAS product I was using before.  I did a two day cleanse last week and lost 1.5 pounds, however, of course, it came right back when I started eating food again (and I'm talking about good food, not crap.) I didn't like the taste of the Cleanse drink, but I drank it anyway.  I'm certainly going to use all of the products I bought, but I don't think I'll buy more.  The products are expensive and I don't really feel any different after using them.  We'll see.  I still have two cannisters of the shakes and one bottle of the cleanse left.  The company allows customers to return products if they aren't happy, but I'll probably just use them up.

Have any of you ever used the Isagenix products?  What did you think?  Have you ever tried an Alkaline diet?  Did it work for you?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Checking in

I feel like I should check in to let whomever is here with me know that although I haven't written lately, I'm still plugging away.

I tore my left calf AGAIN about 4 weeks ago while we were in Cooperstown, NY for my son's baseball tournament.  The day I tore it, I felt terrific.  I worked out in the morning and felt no warning that I was going to have a problem later.  How did I tear it?  My son hit a home run and I started jumping up and down and BAM! I felt like someone had stabbed my calf with a knife and I was down and out for the rest of the trip.  I went to the orthopedist doctor when I got home and he confirmed it was a tear and that all I could do was rest it, ice it and let it heal. 

After three weeks, the bruising and swelling finally started going away and I started to be able to place my heel on the floor.  I am still limping occasionally in the morning, but I am gettting better.  This week, I started walking again...a little. 

This injury has been difficult for me.  I have been depressed.  I haven't been eating the foods I should.  I find that I am an "all or nothing" kind of girl.  I have to be exercising in order to want to eat right.  Since I've been unable to exercise, I have been eating some crap.  Last week, when I started feeling better, I ordered some Isagenix products and decided to really get back in the swing of things when the products arrived.  They came yesterday and I started my 30 day weight loss and cleanse routine.  The good news after several weeks of crappy eating is that I did not gain any weight.  What a shock!  I thought I would have gained at least several pounds.  I guess that goes to show how important it is to exercise when trying to lose weight...I guess it really helps to keep it off afterwards, even if you aren't doing it for a while.

I think the Isalean shakes are filling, but they taste a lot different than other protein shakes I've used.  They are not as sweet.  I find myself adding a little stevia to my shake to make it taste a little better.  I do find that I am not hungry for several hours after drinking one though, so that's good news.  I am not sure if the products will make it any easier for me to lose weight or make me feel better.  I'll have to let you know.

I decided to shake up my routine by adding some strength training.  Although I am unable to do all of it at the moment due to the injury to my calf, I am doing some of the exercises you can find on this link:

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/fitness/7-minute-workout-could-add-years-your-life

The exercises are tough!!!  But I can feel that they will really help me as I am better able to do them like the instructions say.  Wish me luck!

That's all for now.  Here's to hoping you are successful in your efforts and staying healthy and without injuries!