Thursday, November 15, 2007

Poking My Head In To Say Hello

I know it’s been some time since I have posted anything other than Hump Day Hotties and there is actually a good reason. Well, a few good reasons, but that is neither here nor there.

First off, they have severely restricted the time at work that we can go on the internet. Basically breaks and lunches. This of course, cuts into my surfing time and blogging time.
Secondly, I have been waiting until I hit another weight loss milestone before posting and it has taken a bit longer than I expected it to. This month my weight loss slowed down a bit which is quite frustrating considering that I am working out regularly.

For those of you who have followed the whole weight loss thing, you remember that I disclosed my beginning weight of 287.5 pounds and that my total goal is to get to 148 pounds for a weight loss of 139.5 pounds.

Well, I weighed in yesterday and I am officially down 39.5 pounds, which means that I have exactly 100 pounds left to go. My next mini goal is to hit a 50 pound weight loss by Christmas, which gives me 6 weeks to lose 10.5 pounds. Totally doable.

I am now unable to wear the pants that I wore when I started Weight Watchers. I have a co-worker that had gastric bypass and gave her at least 6 pairs of pants so far. I am still able to wear my jeans as long as I wash and dry them on high heat, but even those are getting to the point where I am going to have to replace them. Too bad. I LOVE my jeans.

I decided to change from the treadmill to the elliptical and it has made quite a difference in my workouts. I so far have made it about 23 minutes on the elliptical (originally I made it about 3) at a pace of approximately 110 paces per minute which for my weight burns about 850 calories an hour. Today I burned about 275 in 20 minutes. Then I did some weights for my arms.

I still struggle with the abdomen. I am just not sure what is a good workout and they don’t really have much equipment in the workout room for the abs. While everything else is shrinking, my stomach hasn’t moved that much, which is frustrating. Before I had Devon, I had a flat stomach, even when I was a size 16.

People always think that I am a smaller size than I really am because I always had an hourglass shape even as big as I was. It was a slightly lumpy hourglass, but still. Now, I have a very feminine waistline and it flares out into a pear shaped bottom. It almost looks like two different bodies fused together with the bottom being a larger size than the top (except for my arms, which aren't slimming down as I had hoped)

I can give you a perfect example of my body style. I would post the photo, but as usual, Blogger is being a pain in the ass. So you can see what my body shape is by going here:

I am a perfect version of the one on the right.

I will try my best to be a more regular blogger and will be posting a full length photo as soon as I hit my 50 pound loss. That means that you all might get a really awesome Christmas present. Me!!!


ANON1 said...

Good work. I hear Amy Winehouse has some good weight loss tips; you may die though when all is said and done (kidding).

Good luck with the rest of your goals and have a happy holiday season.

Skyzi said...

Glad to hear from you!

I am the apple to your pear, I feel the pain!

Churlita said...

You and I are total body type opposites. I'm all top heavy with almost no hips. Wanna trade tops and bottoms so we can both be proportionate?

The Diva's Thoughts said...

On my goodness!! I'm an apple. I had no idea but looking at that drawing you linked to, I am a perfect apple. YUCK!!!! I wish I was a pear. That looks so much more feminine.

Congrats on the weight loss.

Anne said...

Hey chica-

You are doing a remarkable job. Keep in mind that for women our "fat apron" (belly, butt & thighs) is the absolute hardest area to loose weight. It's especially hard as we move forward in years and have children. You're probably losing from those regions, it's probably just going slower than others making you feel a bit disproportional.

Since your ultimate goal is to lose nearly half yourself, your body will eventually burn fat from those areas. They may just end up being towards the bottom of the list.

Also keep in mind that as you work out you will convert fat to muscle and muscle weighs more. If Weight Watchers is able, you may want to ask them to help you start keeping track of inches lost. This will help to give you a fuller picture. Even if you don't lose a lot of weight in a week, you will lose inches.

Yoga and pilates both have excellent poses for strength training. They are low impact on the cardio but will kick your muscles' butt. Try to find a couple DVDs that are split into 15-20 minute circuits.

You can carry the DVDs with you to work. You can do 15-20 mins on the elliptical to get cardio and 15-20 minutes of yoga/pilates to focus on muscles and strength. With it split into circuits, you can focus on different areas-abs, butt/thighs, back, arms, etc.

I also found a lot of cardio dance work outs contained a combo of cardio and yoga for strength. I liked one done by Denise Austin a lot-I'll have to check on the title.

Love ya! Keep up the good work!

Sizzle said...

you are doing so great!

Freckle Face Girl said...

I am a pear too (when I am not pregnant). The good news is that it is supposed to be healthier for your heart. The bad news is that it is more difficult to lose weight there & shopping for different sizes isn't very easy.

You are doing a great job though!

Tara said...

The abdomen seems like the hardest thing for weight loss. I've got slim legs, muscular arms, but those damned hips and abdomen are very stubborn. I do some stretches in the morning that are like yoga, and it helps some, but it's still very slow.

Congratulations on your success so far!

Mrs. Big Hairy Woman said...

Congrats on the weight loss thus far... it won't be long before a new pair of jeans will be required... Keep up the great work...