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  • #91
    Down another pound to 154. I think the running lately has been helping in leaning out, not because I'm "working off calories" but because my body is putting more energy into recovery and repair, and I've always found that running seems to bump up my metabolism a bit. I'm seeing a little more definition emerging, and my partner commented yesterday that I have more definition in my stomach, not anywhere near a six-pack, but the sides of my abs are becoming clearer and a bit of the horizontal is starting to show near the top. I've also noticed a reduction in the excess fat around the tops of my thighs, which is awesome because I find that tends to be an issue for me in getting pants that fit (and that's hard enough for me already!).

    I'm much leaner on top, and I can definitely see muscle in my upper back, lats, and pecs as well as some real improvements in my shoulders. It's kind of cool. I've always thought muscular backs were sexy. This all makes me want to wear tops that show off my hard work.

    Now I just need permanent full-time work so I can add to my wardrobe.
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    • #92
      Because I posted a current pic elsewhere and figure it should probably go here:



      Pre-primal, probably the heaviest I've ever been in my life, about 190 lbs.



      About 4 months into doing primal and Crossfit. About 175 lbs.



      That's me now, after a couple of years of primal. Last weigh-in, 153 lbs.
      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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      • #93
        Saw you on before and after thread and had to tell you that you're smoking freaking hot. Well done.
        If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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        • #94
          I also saw you in the success pics thread. Then I read your journal. You are definitely motivating, and when you are ready, submit your success story !!! The food pics look amazing, I'm inspired. Also, I cheered when I read you accomplished your pullups.

          Mommymd
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          • #95
            Aw, thanks! I'm actually astonished when I see photos. When I look in the mirror, it's hard for me to see the changes from the larger me. I still see a chubby girl--even as a skinny teen that's all I saw. Photos help me see myself more realistically.
            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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            • #96
              So I was thinking today that I am really lucky that I didn't totally ruin my metabolism with all the weight cycling over the years. Considering that I've ranged up and down about a 40-pound variation, I'm astonished that I don't have some metabolic issues. But I seem to be quite carb tolerant and have no thyroid issues or anything. As long as I stay away from added sugar and keep active, I am fine with fruit, potatoes, and even white rice. I have to be careful of the celiac thing, obviously, and I'm conscious of what oils I'm taking in, but it's become remarkably easy to continue to lean out. I thought the last bit would be the hardest, but it's not. Maybe if I wanted to push it down to 15% bodyfat that would be different, but settling somewhere around 18-20% seems to be coming naturally.

              But dammit, I need new clothes. I've been able to wear some stuff into the loose-but-still-reasonable range, but now most of my cardigans and such just look sloppy. Hoping to get good job news soon.
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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              • #97
                This is what I did this past weekend!

                Burgess Shale (Walcott Quarry) | Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation

                So awesome. Hiking and fossils, best nerd-cation ever.
                “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                • #98
                  Oh, also, I am down to 151 pounds. And still happily eating potatoes, sometimes a couple of times a day.
                  “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                  • #99
                    150. That is all.
                    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                    • ^ Like

                      mommymd
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                      • Down to 149 this morning. It's weird, they say it is supposed to get harder as you get leaner, but these days, it seems pretty much effortless. I eat my primal foods, make sure to get my sleep, stay active, and avoid drinking my calories. I don't fuss about macros and stick mostly to what's fresh and seasonal (helped by the CSA, since we only get seasonal vegetables).

                        After a couple of years, it really isn't that complicated anymore. I think it's easy to get too hung up on the details. Now that I have a feel for what to eat and what it feels like to be satiated (not stuffed, but well fed), I find it amazingly simple to stick with this.

                        Also, I now fit into the smallest of my small clothes--I'm now very glad I didn't toss them after I put on the weight. I put on a size 2 dress the other day and it looked great, and we're not talking something stretchy, we're talking a tailored cotton shirtdress (still in 4-6 in pants though, thanks to the squatter booty and muscular thighs). I'm sort of astonished since I hadn't really expected to get back here. My goal was to get to a healthy weight, and the rest has just been a bonus.

                        The thing that feels weird is how people who don't know me just assume I'm naturally slim. The people at the office go on and on about things like how much fat is in a Timmies double-double, how they throw away their egg yolks, and how they skim all the fat off their meat. When I comment quietly that I don't worry about fat, I get the "well you don't have to, you're slim" thing. I don't bother saying more since I don't feel like explaining my eating to people. I just quietly shake my head as people torment themselves with Lean Cuisines and fat-free creamer.
                        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                        • Okay, so I went to the gym with my sweetie last night. Not the Crossfit gym--I'm still too broke for that--but to the gym at the local city rec centre that's been newly renovated and reopened. We figured we'd go check out the gym there and see if it would be a good longer term option since the cold months are approaching fast.

                          First of all, it's almost all machines. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not really a machine sort of woman. I like my free weights and find that machines often force awkward movements even when I adjust them. Part of this problem is that machines are designed for men's bodies, so they are built to men's heights and men's proportions. Some of them adjust okay, but for others, if I raise the seat so my upper body is comfortable, then my feet can't be squarely planted, that sort of thing. Bleh. I'm not a fan of the ladies-only gym concept, but I do like the idea that many of them have equipment that's sized for smaller people (I'm sure some shorter dudes would also appreciate this).

                          Also, the free weights they do have are nice and new, but I found myself wondering where all the rest of the dumbbells went. Above 10 pounds, there was only one pair at each weight, and nothing above 35 pounds. Seriously. And they have a rack of curl bars, but nothing over 65 pounds there. But hey, there's a big rack of small dumbbells that they can roll around for aerobics classes and not scare people by showing them that they might actually lift more than 10 pounds sometime. And don't even bother looking for barbells.

                          As for other equipment, well, there's not much. Some mats for doing situps and stuff, but almost no floor space for them. A pullup tower thing with optional assist, but it's so short that my partner had to fold his legs up to use it. Not a standard straight pullup bar in sight. A little rack of medicine balls, the largest being 10 pounds. A couple of skipping ropes. The ubiquitous stackable aerobic steps. They did have a back extension bench and an inclined situp bench at least.

                          And the dudes. The guy who was doing dumbbell bench presses with the 30s and grunting with every movement when we walked in continued to grunt and snort his way through his entire workout. Now, I'm not anti-grunting--I've been known to let out some odd noises on the last couple of reps of a hard set or when I'm pushing for a new 1RM on my deadlifts. But seriously, you don't need to groan with every rep of your lat pulldowns, dude. And I'm pretty sure I saw him kiss his biceps. Then there was the skinny young guy in doing some crazy workout he'd probably read in a fitness magazine that might have worked better for him if he hadn't done it all with 4 pound weights. I get that not everyone is strong, but I saw the kid rip out 10 pullups easily, so I'm not sure why he's messing around with the teeny weights.

                          Anyhow, we did a reasonable upper body workout with what we had and then headed off to the hot tub for a few minutes before heading home. All in all, it was a reasonably equipped gym for someone starting off or for people who really like machine-based workouts, but it wasn't for me. I found myself laughing at myself when we left, though, since a few years ago I would have found it intimidating and more than adequate. My partner says it's because I've grown out of that sort of setup now. He may be right. Or I may just be becoming a gym snob asshole. Heh.

                          So the quest for a good gym at a more affordable price continues. Our next stop will be at the large city-run athletic facility about 10 minutes from here. They are supposed to have a lot more serious equipment since they offer training programs for athletes, plus there's more aquatic facilities and an indoor track. If it seems like a good option, we'll probably go with it since the city pass would also allow us to use the pool and such at the smaller facility we were at yesterday, which would be a nice option. If that doesn't work, then we'll consider the sports centre at one of the universities in town since I will get alumna rates at that school and their setup is quite nice, but it's a pain to go there and deal with parking and stuff, so it's not my top pick based on the inconvenience factor (which tends to deter me from going as much as I should).

                          But I made a vein pop out on my chest, which I think is sort of cool but also makes me think that I'm a dork for getting all excited about it.
                          “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                          • Also, we decided to get a rotisserie chicken after, but they were all out, so we ended up at the pizza place nearby that offers gluten-free pizza and I totally plowed my way through mine (they only offer GF in individual sizes). I blame Safeway. But damn, it was good. Pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, and tomatoes. Yum.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                            • Dear barbells: I missed you!

                              (More gym hunting update later.)
                              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                              • Hi Owly - just had to come visit after I saw your amazing photos in the success thread! *waves*

                                In your first post you set a goal of fitting your favourite blue dress from Korea - did you do it?? Looking at the hot photos, I'm guessing yes!
                                Started Feb 18 2011

                                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                                Journalling here

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