The first three months were a breeze, just like the first time around, I lost fifteen pounds easily. I was working out much harder than I was the first time I decided to get into shape but the weight wasn't coming off as quickly. But my sizes kept dropping and I had a lot more muscle, so I was pleased. Then about two months ago, something changed. The pounds stopped coming off and my body stopped changing. So I thought, I need to ramp this up.
For the past two months I have been working out at least an hour a day six days a week. I have a good mix of cardio (twice a week), sculpting classes that incorporate yoga, weights and cardio all in a heated room (three days a week) and a hot yoga class once a week. I try to mix it up every week, I change my cardio routine and rotate three different Insanity workouts, sometimes I'll do a spin class instead. Sometimes I do two sculpt classes and two yoga classes, all of the classes vary slightly so I never feel bored or unchallenged. If you give me a punch in the abs you can feel that my muscles are hard and tight and my arms are getting defined. Unfortunately because I've been stretched to the hilt with two pregnancies the skin on my abdomen is not as tight as I'd like it and despite my muscle tone, my stomach still looks loose and wide.
I also changed my eating habits, which I knew I needed to do. Every morning I have a latte and yogurt or a banana or a protein bar or a bran muffin (depending on the day) for breakfast. I eat a Trader Joe's salad for lunch (different ones, all light on the dressing, all full of veggies, chicken and grains). For dinner we always have chicken, usually in a salad, occasionally with pasta, or salmon with veggies and once or twice a week we treat ourselves to tacos or pizza which I try to eat in smaller portions. I've limited myself to soda only once or twice a week, the rest of the time it's water or half lemonade half water. After dinner I always have a massive sweet tooth so I've been limiting myself to fruit and nuts only. Sometimes I have a small bowl of kettle corn (that I pre-measure to make sure I'm not over doing it) or a small handful of chocolate covered raisins. I don't snack between meals - I've never been much of a snacker. I try to not deprive myself too much, I just try to make healthier choices most of the time.
All of this and my weight has not budged in two months. Don't get me wrong, I think I look great and I'm perfectly happy with where I'm at, but my goal was five more pounds. Five more pounds and I'd be at my ideal weight, well within "normal" on the BMI scale. I'm already in my ideal clothing size, but I'm just not understanding why these last five pounds will not come off. I'm not conventionally thin or at the lowest weight I've ever been, I'm still a healthy, curvy size, there's still some room to improve! I'm just not sure what else I could possibly do to get rid of those last five pounds. I'm not willing to diet or go on a cleanse because I know the loss would only be temporary and I'm looking for more of a permanent lifestyle change that I can maintain. I'm definitely not willing to make myself go hungry for many reasons but mainly because I have a daughter and the most important thing for me as a parent is to show an example of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body image and five pounds is not worth making that big of a deal about.
I'm really ok if those last five pounds never come off, I'm just slightly baffled. I see so many girls around me who eat relatively healthy but still indulge once in a while and they exercise maybe occasionally and they are rail thin! How does that work? Is it genetics? Are they hungry all the time? I just don't understand. What am I missing here? The other thing I don't get is that every thin girl I know has a full time job and is at a desk most of the day. I am busy with kids, cleaning, doing laundry, on my feet for all but a few hours each day, I'm very active even when I'm not working out.
In the meantime I'll continue on with my goal of 300 workouts in one year (I'm already at 125!) and keep eating healthy and just see what happens. And if I stay this size forever, then great! I think for being (almost) 30 and having two kids I look fantastic, no complaints. I guess the point of this post is to ask the question of girls who may be reading this that have fantastic bodies (which of everyone that I know that reads this, definitely does), what do you do to stay in shape? To stay healthy? How do you stay thin without killing yourself over it?