The Battle Of The Bulge

Updates below the diamond (♦♦♦) line.

For anyone who has been hanging out around this blog, you know that I have been struggling with my weight ever since I started having symptoms for my Pelvic Organ Prolapse. It has not gotten any easier. Well,  I need to rephrase that. Weight loss hasn’t gotten any easier. Working out has definitely become much easier. I have tried various things with my workouts and eating. I have found some things that have given me a little success and other things that haven’t done much for me. I figure that it’s all about trial and error. What works for one person doesn’t work for another.

For my eating, I have finally figured out what will work. I don’t promote any particular “eating style” (south beach, paleo, atkins, etc) but I have found that lower carbs is working for me. For the past month I’ve been able to consistently wear my wedding rings. It’s been years since I’ve been able to wear them overnight when I sleep. Basically, I eat Muesli with pecans and fresh fruit for breakfast every morning and then keep my carbs for the remainder of the day to quinoa or rice. This isn’t to say that I don’t occasionally have potato salad or mashed potatoes or a dinner roll or something like that, but as a general rule, I’ve seriously cut down the amount of simple carbs that I eat. The other thing I’ve done is eat more frequently throughout the day and to make sure that I’ve included some form of lean protein with every snack/meal that I have. I think that this, along with my workouts will get me there.

More than two years ago I did a before picture, thinking that I’d post updated pictures every month. Little did I know at that time that it was going to be such a struggle. So it wasn’t until a couple of days ago that I decided to update my picture. Here’s the kick in the ass, though. The picture from after my first surgery I was 210. It was the heaviest I had weighed in my life. Even pregnant with my kids I never topped 200. Well, after my second surgery I was up to 225. In the year and a half since my second surgery I have made my way down to 212. So, just to keep everything in one place, I’m posting photos here.

Because I’m tall (thank god), you really can’t tell much difference in my body within a 10-20 pound gain/loss. It takes drastic weight gain and weight loss to really notice. I am LUCKY that way and I realize that. But still, dude! I have a lot of work to do.

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Not updating a picture – don’t get all excited. I’m just posting my December workout plan.  Workout_December2014-updated

August 19, 2014: I took new pictures. I don’t see any improvement. With as hard as I’m working, I feel like I should be super skinny. BOO. I shudder at the thought of where I might be if I were doing nothing. Yikesy!

My face is thinning. My boobs are thinning. My legs are toned. I feel like I'm going to be one of those apple shaped women with chicken legs.

My face is thinning. My boobs are thinning. My legs are toned. I feel like I’m going to be one of those apple shaped women with chicken legs.

Sorry for my disgustingness. This was taken post-run. Yuck.

Sorry for my disgustingness. This was taken post-run. Yuck.

June 5, 2014: It’s been forever since I’ve posted an update in here. Not much to tell. Weight is slowly going down. And when I say slowly, I mean S – L – O – W – L – Y!!! Here’s my June workout schedule, in case you’re interested. I’m not doing deck of cards. I’m doing an ab challenge and cardio of some sort, biking or walking or running and then volleyball.  I have my July workout schedule ready, but I won’t post that until July.

June workout schedule

January 20, 2014: I’m not sure why I’m posting. I don’t know that there has been any improvement in forever. Boo.

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My pants are up a little higher than the December photo so it’s hard to tell if I’ve made progress over the past month. I may need to redo this. Perhaps after my cruise.

December 9, 2013: It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a front/side view picture. I don’t see any difference. I never do.

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December 2, 2013: October and November were a bust as far as challenges go, although I am making progress in a lot of areas of fitness. I’m steadily losing weight (even though it’s painfully slow). I’m running with more ease. I’m running further distances. I can do three miles on a two day a week basis, so that’s good. I’ve lost significant inches around my body. Still a LONG way to go, but progress is progress.

Here is what I’m working on right now:

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Originally, I downloaded the beginner training guide and guess what? It wasn’t challenging enough. How do you like them apples? This training will take me almost up to my cruise.

For the month of December I’m doing two additional 30 day challenges.

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The one above is going to be brutal! But I think I can do it. On the days where it has “jog in place” my run will make up for it. I’m going to have to search youtube for a couple of the exercises.

The one below is a challenge that a friend of mine put together. Someone made a flippant comment about us needing a “silly” challenge, so she put together a silly challenge. It made me smile, so I thought I’d do it in conjunction with one of my real challenges.

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I did my measurements at the beginning of the month so I’ll be curious to see what (if any) changes to my body I will have.

July 23, 2013: I finished my ab challenge. On August 1, 2013 we’re starting an arm challenge. In addition to that, I’m doing a 100 pushups challenge, which is a six week program. I started that this morning. This will replace the pushup portion of the arm challenge. Here is the arm challenge:

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The link for the 100 pushups is here.

The before picture is below. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!!

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June 20, 2013: A friend challenged me to do a 30 day ab challenge. This has skiwampified my Hip Hop Abs. I’ve adjusted my whole workout calendar. In order to do my 10k training AND my Hip Hop Abs AND my 30 day ab challenge, I have split up the HHA and am doing it every other day, so it has become a 60 day program. Run 3 days a week. HHA 3 days a week. Ab challenge on 3 days rest one day (lather, rinse, repeat). Here’s the challenge:

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June 6, 2013: I just purchased the Hip Hop Abs and have taken my measurements and pictures from before (that’s what the June 6th pics are for). This month I’m doing the 30 day program (workout program only) and I’m NOT taking pics or measuring until I finish it. Each workout is half hour or so, so I should be able to fit it in with my 10K program I’m working on. It’s FUN! The hip hop abs. Very fun, even though I’m horribly uncoordinated, but I already talked about that in a blog post so I won’t get into it again here. This page is strictly for picture updates and possibly a few words about the pictures (providing I’m even capable of keeping things to just a few words.

This is from June 6, 2013. Sorry for the blurry picture.

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June 6, 2013.

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This is from June 25, 2012. This is me at 222 pounds.

Dudes!  That is me SUCKING. IT. IN!!!!!

Dudes! That is me SUCKING. IT. IN!!!!!

This is from February 26, 2012 (my wedding anniversary)

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February 26th also. This is what 225 pounds looks like.

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November 4, 2011.

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Nov. 4, 2011. This is me at 210.SAMSUNG

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