I had a huge (somewhat accidental) breakthrough. I restarted using myfitnesspal (LOVE it!) & set it to have me lose 2 lbs/wk, but I completely forgot that my recommended daily calorie intake on the app would already account for the 2 lbs/wk I wanted to lose, so I was making myself have a 500-1000/day calorie deficit for about 5 days ON TOP of the approx. 1000/day calorie deficit that was built into the app’s recommended calories per day. oops. but the results are great. I’d been hovering at 165.2-166.6 and am now down solidly to 162 in just 4 or 5 days. (hungry days, I will admit, but not impossible at all)
I know it’s not recommended to lose more than 2 lbs/wk, but it was nice as a jump start. I’ll probably stick to deficits of only 1000 cal/day for at least 5 days/wk and only do deficits of 1500+ cals for 1-2 days/wk to maximize the time I have before the wedding.
SW: 173 (jan, with almost no exercise) then stayed at 165.2-166.6 (april to mid-june, by doing cardio & weights but not watching calories)
GW: 148-152 (lowered it because the “accident” made me realize I can lose more than I thought)
I know my weight might sound high to others, but I just carry it differently than most. I’m 5’6″ and a size 6 and I am very curvy and also have a lot of muscle with a flat stomach (when I’m 165 or less) and good ab definition if I hit about 155 or lower. My arms are small and very toned, same w/back. I’ve got chubby toddler thighs, but that doesn’t bother me as long as they’re toned. If I get below 145 I start looking practically emaciated.
I love toning my butt & thighs but I’m scared because I put on muscle so so easily and, with my dress, I can’t have my thighs or butt be any bigger. Does anybody know how I can tone thighs or butt without risking them growing in size? (My butt grows if, 3x/wk, I do 3 sets of 8 reps of squats with 20 lbs of weights and 2 sets of 8 reps of lunges with 20 lbs.) My Fiance says it shouldn’t make my butt bigger & should only tone if I do no weight, with way more reps and sets- is that right? What about for thighs?
Anybody else have anything to report?
Theonetime: congrats on zipping- I hope I have the same good outcome! how’s it going for you?
CanadianBride456: I LOVE my Tanita scale- they’re great. I have one that also checks body composition (I know that’s not fully accurate, but it is a decent measure to look at comparatively over time).
glasgowgirl: you sounded like you needed a re-boost to get going again: I’ve always found that spinning (classes or at home if you can) knocks out tons of calories FAST.