SO, let's try to catch up, shall we? I'm not sure where we left off; so quickly, I completed Tracy Anderson's Metamorphosis on November 30th and started Insanity on December 2. With the holidays I had a few snags and extended breaks in my in my workout schedule so it took longer than expected, but once I was back on track with the schedule I continued with Insanity and finished it up in February but had only started to see weight loss with it near the end. The reason being that I started tracking my food intake again as carefully as possible. It seems I had stalled for quite a while (one reason I had nothing to report on here so I avoided blogging) because I wasn't eating enough calories to keep up with the amount I was burning in a day. People generally refer to what happens to your body in cases like that as going into "starvation mode". Basically, your body thinks that for some reason you can't get enough food to keep yourself going so it holds on to everything it can (i.e. fat) to replace that lack of food and will keep that stubborn hold until something changes. At least that's how I understand it anyway. The point is, I had hit a plateau with my weight loss but when I made the necessary changes with keeping an eye on calories in and out, that's when the weight started to slide off again.
I've been keeping up with tracking food as best as I can, trying to be as accurate as possible, but sometimes life happens and I can't always enter everything. In addition to trying to keep myself going with food tracking I started a new workout. Now I'm on to Chalene Johnson's TurboFire. How do I like it? I LOVE IT! I'm having a lot of fun! It's high energy and is something I've never tried before. The program can be scheduled to be only 90 days (12 weeks) or you can go that extra mile and extend the program to 20 weeks. I had started out with the intention of doing 12 weeks only, but the further into it I'm getting the more I'm thinking I'm going to be tacking on those 8 extra weeks. I'm excited about this program because even when I'm slipping with proper food intake and weight loss I can still feel myself getting stronger and leaner. In fact, here's the most recent picture:
I recently took my measurements and avoided a weigh in this past Saturday. Offhand I can't recall the measurements but I'll have to have a closer look at them and work on keeping those updated so I can keep multiple measures of success in mind (scale, inches, photos). I should have kept that up but was getting too focused on the scale. Speaking of that innocent looking thing, I've moved it out of my bathroom. I started to realize that because it was in a place that allowed me to see it every day and multiple times in a day I was stressing out over it way more than I should have been. I was miserable during the week thinking about the upcoming weigh in each Saturday and I would end up sabotaging myself throughout the week so when I stepped on the scale and the number had gone up I wasn't surprised. Like I said though, I avoided this past Saturday's weigh in because I KNEW the number would be one I didn't want to see. I eventually weighed myself on Monday with the intention of doing a detox for three days. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack were all going to be smoothies (they were more gritty than smooth) but I've finally learned that I can't do a beverage-based detox. I just can't. I need real food! I was sure that doing this detox would help flush out some garbage from my innards and it would help me with a quick few pounds lost. Thing is, I think, for me personally, I'm better off going at it slow and steady, continually learning what I should and should not be eating. You'd think I'd have a handle on that now but I'm still learning! I have so many bad food habits and they are dying hard, but one day I'll figure out what works best for me! For now, keeping an eye on my caloric intake is doing me some good. But back to the point, when I stepped on the scale on Monday morning I was at 153.9 lbs. That was lame, considering my previous weigh in that was a successful one I was at 150.6 lbs. I was flirting with the 140's and so desperately want to reach them! We'll see how I do this week; hopefully I'm moving back toward the 140's!