One of you?
Okay. Jen, this is for you!
Life got crazy in September. This was the second-to-last time I blogged and the explanation can be found here. I appreciate the patience. I'm not sure what to write about any more. I blogged because people wanted to know how I got fit. However, recently, people keep asking me about my blog. So, here's a treat for you.
To summarize in advance: Yes, I've maintained. (boom) Yes, I've gained. (whoops) Yes, it's constant work.
I have been trying to maintain the weight that I reached in May 2012. That number was 142. Without going into the muscle vs. fat, how much does the scale matter debate, at 142, I was lean (enough) to wear a Size 4/Small without even trying anything on. I was comfortable in everything I wore. I felt toned. I was perfectly happy with the bod. Looking back, I can see that the last week of September was a turning point for me. I developed some bad habits.
|Me before I stuffed my face every day for 3 months.|
Let me explain a little bit.
I lost the weight in May. I spent all summer maintaining a "clean" lifestyle while having decadent meals on vacation, a cookie now and then, etc. I also played with working out 3-4 times a week instead of 6. I wanted to test the waters and see how relaxed I could be with the nutrition and/or fitness before my body started to change in any way. Because really, who eats clean ALL THE TIME and works out SIX DAYS A WEEK?!?! I mean, not me..... hopefully. I love to work out, but I don't want it to be a chore. Well, I ran my half marathon on October 6. And then I took a break from running. I wanted to prance around the gym for about 30 minutes 3-4 times per week. Some weeks it was 2-3 times per week. I wasn't necessarily burned out. I was just going through a lazy streak. I would come home really hungry sometimes. I would eat like 3 dinners. Plus some grazing. Granted, these were all "clean" dinners. For example, a burrito followed by a Larabar followed by toast with Nuttzo and bananas. I would graze and add on to my heart's desire. Well, the pounds slowly crept onto the scale. My skinny jeans became too snug for comfort. I hit about 146 for a while. (No biggie, right?) The week after Christmas I hit 149.4. AAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDDDDDD we're putting the cookie DoWn. Isn't it funny how everything is all fun and games until you see a certain number? I've always been like that. I think it's normal not to stress about every little pound, but at some point, the gains are significant.
I knew what I was doing. I was testing it. I'll be damned if I have to "start over" ever again. I also knew that I was eating things that were borderline legit. For example, I'd eat crackers with flax seeds and Nuttzo. I lost track of portions (Nuttzo) and my snacks included some processing (crackers). I needed to get back to the basics. I would also have 5 meals in mind, but I was grazing too much. As Jen said in May, "Maintenance is going to look a lot like dieting." Again, that's so true. It took a lot of work to get to 149. I thoroughly relaxed about food for a solid 3 months. I enjoyed a Thanksgiving and a Christmas. I truly feel like this is a part of the life change process. I needed to see how far I could go without consequences. Now I know.
So, on Dec. 29 I cleaned it up.
1. Body Fat
My goal is to get back to the 142 range. Clothes need to fit better.
2. Work Out Schedule
I need to work out at the 5AM shift or the 3:30PM (right after work) time slot. I got so lazy that I would come home, eat a lot of food, take a nap, and then head to the gym around 8-8:30. I don't like that pattern. It messed with my sleep and my appetite.
I need to get back to clean food. Like squeaky clean. And less bread. Anyway, I want to basically not worry about recipes and I want to mostly eat meals and snacks that are basic. Meat, veg, carb. Protein, carb. etc. So, I plan to always have the following foods. I know how to make simple meals & combinations with all of these:
nut butter (Jen, stop giggling.)
Seriously. That's it.
Here is a picture of the body in August. This is maintenance mode done RIGHT. I love it.
For the record, I've been back to business for 3 days and I'm already seeing 146 on my scale. Hopefully I can get down to 142 in a couple of weeks so that I can relax a little bit more (but not as much as I did the first time).