Saturday, August 21, 2010

Progress report #18

(Please excuse the fact that I desperately need a pedi and my nail polish has been chipping off for like 2 months now lol)

Well, I did it. I'm now 178 and 50 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight!!! I'm 69 pounds down from the day I delivered. Too lazy to take pictures and measurements- been so busy lately I'm tired all the time and lethargic any time I get some down time lol

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Progress reports #16 & #17

I know, I know. I'm slacking on the blog front. But I'm not really seeing any results right now, so it's hard to care. So for now, I'll just report that last week, I was 179 pounds, and this week I'm..... 179 pounds. Whoopdeedoo. I'll do pictures and measurements again when I feel like I've actually accomplished something. Like one more pound, which will bring me down to 178, or 50 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. It's just out of my reach right now. However, I'm getting sick. The same tonislitis kinda shit that I had back in March where my throat closed up to the point where I could barely drink water. So if this hits me full-force like it did then, I might just get to 178 for sheer lack of ability to swallow. Awesome. Right now my throat is only half closed. But then again, I only started feeling any discomfort yesterday morning. Ugggh. I feel like crap.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Progress report #15

Still 180. Noticing more muscle tone, and my belly's starting to curve in on both sides now. I don't feel like taking pictures or measurements this week. I don't know if much has changed. Maybe things will be better next week.

I've been doing upper body workouts after taking over a month off because of my trapezius, and as soon as I started using the muscle at all, it's now killing me. My neck, trap, and shoulder are on fire. My MRI didn't reveal anything, except for some very minor degeneration in some of the disks in my neck. And now I don't have health insurance, so not sure what I'm gonna do. Heat doesn't help. Ice doesn't help. IcyHot doesn't help. Annoying.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Progress report #14

So I did better this week. Only 5 pounds to go until I reach my short-term goal! I will take pictures and measurements this week. The only thing that sucks is that my benchmark jeans were washed. And dried. So now the fibers in the fabric have tightened up and they're gonna be smaller than they were before. I'm kinda mad that my whole experiment with the benchmark jeans is pretty much ruined now, but I can't knock the hubs for doing laundry- I'm lucky to have him! I guess I'll just have to start over with the jeans, or omit them altogether. I haven't tried them on yet (just found them in the clean laundry hamper), so I'll decide what I'm gonna do after I see how they fit.

Ok. I put the jeans on. They're like, a whole size smaller. The dryer really works wonders when it comes to stretch denim. lol I guess I'll just re-start my jeans experiment from here. I mean, you saw what it looked like at the beginning in those jeans- serious muffin top. It's much better than that now, so that's what really matters.

Here are my measurements this week:

Bicep: 13"
Bust: 44.5"
Under bust: 36"
Waist: 34.25" (↓ .25")
Belly: 36.5" (↓ .75")
Hips: 43.5"
Thighs: 25"
Calves: 15.5"

And the pictures:

Two weeks ago
This week
Two weeks ago
This week
Two weeks ago
This week

Slow and steady....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Progress report #13

I know, I know. It's late. And guess what? There are no pictures or measurements, either. So sue me. lol

When I weighed in on Friday, I was still 183. But things have been super hectic around here. Two Saturdays ago (July 10), we went to look at a house that just came on the market. Mind you, we've been looking for a year, and the houses we really liked got snatched up while hubby was away doing his military stuff. Well, this house was PERFECT for us, so we put an offer in that day. Our offer was accepted, we had to go do all the mortgage paperwork, and tomorrow is our home inspection. We're super excited and really hoping the inspection turns out OK. The whole house has been redone- it has new everything - but it was built in the 1860s. The basement looks ok, but we're no experts on basements, and we couldn't get into the pulldown attic when we looked at the house because there was no string or chain on it. I'm really praying that there's nothing wrong with the basement or attic.

Since we've been so busy, I was pretty run down last week and only made it to the gym twice. That would probably explain the lack of weight loss, plus the fact that we ate out like 3 times during the week because we were pressed for time. I didn't eat anything really crappy, but restaurant food always has a whole lot of sodium in it for no reason.

On top of all this, I've been getting kinda depressed about my body the last couple days. Just like I predicted in the beginning, I've lost the most from the two places I actually liked (chest and butt), and the least from the one place I needed to lose it (my belly). I feel like I have the ass of a middle aged woman now. Before, it was nice and round and popped out, and now I feel like it's just flat and ugly. I've also lost two cup sizes. I went from an H to an F. Granted, my boobs are still larger than average, but they seem so small compared to what they were. Plus, now that there's not as much filling them out, they seem so... I don't know. Loose? That just sounds weird. Old lady-ish? Well, whatever I'm trying to say... They sure as hell weren't perky to begin with (the force of gravity is a bitch), and now they just look... depressed. All I wanted to begin with was lipo on my belly and to leave everything else how it was, but just tone it up. But now I'm probably gonna need breast and ass implants before this shit hits the floor. lol

Anyhow, I'm back on track this week (and already dropping more weight, which I hope continues until I weigh in on Friday.)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Progress report #12

This week was much better than last week. I lost 4 pounds this week! w00t w00t! I am now 8 pounds from the goal weight that I wanted to hit before the cruise, and I think I can knock down those 8 pounds in the 2 months, 1 week, and 4 days between now and our vacation. Wait... let's rephrase that... I don't think I can. I know I can.

Here are this week's measurements:

Biceps: 13" (↓ .5") (I'm definitely starting to see the definition here now.)
Bust: 44.5" (↓ .25")
Under bust: 36"(↓ .5")
Waist: 34.5"(↓ .25")
Belly: 37.25"(↓ .5")
Hips: 43.5" (↓ .5")
Thighs: 25"
Calves: 15.5"

And here are the pictures:

Last week
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This week

Friday, July 2, 2010

Progress report #11

This. Week. SUCKED. When I weighed myself last Friday, I was 186.8. Saturday I was down to 186.2. But for some reason this week, my weight was going up to around 188.8 at night, and I'd only be back down to 187.4-187.6 in the morning. And the pattern has continued all week. My weight loss has come to a dead stop. I guess you can equate my metabolism to a big ship- it's cruising along nicely, full steam ahead, then all of a sudden you throw it into reverse. It continues to travel forward for a little bit before everything kicks in and the propellers finally get the huge ship moving backward. Then you cut the engines and the ship settles into place. I don't get it. It's pissing me off. I haven't exceeded 1600 calories on any day (I'd be surprised if I've even made it to 1300 on most days), I'm working my ass off in the gym... it just sucks. A lot. So, I've gone absolutely nowhere this week.

I feel fat and lethargic. I think it's the new pill, because I started feeling more tired when I started it, and the last several days I've just felt... I don't know... bloated, I guess. Like, my belly has seemed bigger, like something is filling it out. I've made sure I'm not consuming a lot of sodium-laden foods, thinking maybe I was retaining water, but I guess that's not the case.

Not to mention that my trapezius/shoulder area is royally screwed up. I honestly think the physical therapists fucked it up more than they helped it. It started several weeks ago as just my neck/trap area, with tingling. Now the whole area from my neck to my arm, and down to my side, just burns. It hurts all the time. What started with just my trapezius is now affecting my deltoid. It's annoying. I have an appointment later today to talk to my doctor. Hopefully she'll send me for an MRI to investigate it a little further. I'm also getting wicked headaches. Again. In the same spot. But not the sharp, metallic headaches I was getting on the other pill. This feels like someone punched me in the left temple. Like, my skull hurts, and there's a... deeper?... pain underneath it. I don't know how to describe it. Ok, the pain last time was sharp, so we'll call it a soprano. This pain is like a tenor or a bass, if that makes sense. It probably makes no sense whatsoever, but it's the only way I can think to describe it. I don't want to say a duller pain, because that implies less pain.

I honestly don't even want to take pictures this week, because I have nothing to show. If anything, I feel bigger. I really feel like shit about myself right now. I hate having to be on the pill, because I think the hormones really affect my metabolism. I have absolutely no drive or motivation to do anything. But I'm still going to take the pictures, I guess. For consistency's sake, at least.

Here are this week's measurements. I suspect we won't see any change this week:

Bicep: 13.5"
Bust: 44.75"
Under bust: 36.5"
Waist: 34.75"
Belly: 37.75"
Hips: 44"
Thighs: 25"
Calves: 15.5"

Oh look. No change. What a shocker. I really don't feel like editing and posting the pictures right now. I'll edit and update sometime this weekend.

On another note (I wrote all this earlier today), I got home from the gym at like 7:45 and weighed myself and I was 186.4. Weird, but I'll take it! lol

I'm a week late, but here are the pictures:

Last week
This week
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This week