2 month Diet & Exercise Update

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photo-9**Disclaimer: I am not a trainer, a health professional or your doctor. Please do not try this diet and/or these exercises before checking with people who know. This is what has worked for me. It is tailored specifically for ME, my body type, my metabolism and the rate at which I’m seeing results. Don’t be going all crazy without seeing specialists first. Please and Thank you.**

Gulp.

Here we go! Another month down and I finally had the balls to post some before and after pics.  Don’t judge me and my 13 year old girl chest. Thank you.

So lets get right down to it.

My starting stats last month were:

Bodyfat: 19.5%
Lean Muscle Mass: 107.1 lbs.
Fat Weight: 25.9 lbs.

The results for the end of the second month are:

Bodyfat: 17.6%
Lean Muscle Mass: 108.76 lbs.
Fat Weight: 23.2 lbs.

Basically this means I lost 2 pounds of fat and gained another pound of muscle–so I only saw a one pound difference on the scale.

To date, I’ve lost 7 pounds of fat and gained 3 pounds of muscle! My body is moving and changing everyday and has shifted 10 pounds around on my body to lose fat and gain muscle, get me results I want. Holla!

I love getting measured this way because it tells me exactly what I’m doing, how my body is responding and where I’m losing the weight from. When people jump onto the scale, they can’t know just from a number how much muscle or fat is on their bodies. Plus our weight fluctuates all.the.time! This way I know things are swinging in the direction I want 🙂

before and after1As you can see, most of the weight has come from my mid section and hardly any from my legs. I’ve got some big ol’ thighs that need to get beaten up to give off every ounce they have. Something I find frustrating is I can’t pick and choose where my body loses it’s weight from. You just have to lose weight everywhere and hope it comes off where you want it too. Every body is different and everyone loses weight in different spots first. Mine is all coming from my boobs and midsection first. This next month I’m hoping to see more of a change in my legs, but odds are they’ll still just stay big. Ahh genetics.

I also seem to be getting more definition in my arms 🙂 Hooray for toned girly biceps! I’ve also noticed more of a distinction between my bicep, tricep and shoulder. {See pic below.} I can also feel some stronger abs popping up under my skin even though I haven’t done any ab exercises at all. It’s so cool!

Day to day, I don’t feel like what I’m doing is helping very much but I’m always end up pleasantly surprised when I look at pictures and take my body fat measurements.

Now, I’ve been getting a lot of comments and emails from you lovely people concerning my body fat percentages. YES, my starting body fat percentage was in the “fitness” category at 22%. Yes, I was at a healthy body weight. Yes, I was doing just fine. Yes, a bunch of you thought “she has nothing to lose. I would kill to be at 22% body fat“. I appreciate the concern and sentiment {I REALLY do} HOWEVER- when I compare myself to ME {how I used to look} things were different after giving birth to my second baby. Much different. And I didn’t like it at all. I felt blah and unmotivated. So, I decided to do something about it which is what you’re reading about now.

And for the record, 17% body fat is considered to still be healthy and is in the “athlete” category. Ain’t nothing wrong with that! 

*stepping off soapbox*

Food

Just like last month, I’m sticking pretty much to the same plan from the beginning. 170 grams of protein, 150 grams of carbs and 35 grams of fat. These numbers went up slightly from what they were starting. This is because the more muscle I gain the faster my metabolism gets. Hooray for more food! Woot woot. One minor change: I don’t have a carb cut off time anymore! Hallelujah. For more specific details of my diet, check out last months post. Still sticking with eating clean, eating every three hours and guzzling the water. It’s also good to note that I usually don’t have any cravings for anything sweet which is kind of awesome. My blood sugar stays level all day long keeping me satisfied with zero cravings.

Because I don’t crave desserts, I don’t think about desserts which makes this whole diet a lot more bearable. Really, it does. I’m kind of amazed.

Exercise

I’ve been weight training with Turk 2 times every week, plus I’ve been doing anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 hour of cardio 5-6 days a week. {It’s a nice break away from my kids :)} Usually I’ll run or walk on an incline without holding on. The elliptical machine is definitely my friend, but I usually don’t push myself hard enough on that machine to burn the kind of calories I want. These days, I’m sticking with the treadmill. I’m hoping spring weather will bring less rain so I can run outside and not on a dreadmill watching tv channels I hate. {I’m talking about you, ESPN.}

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As far as the actual weight exercises I do–> it varies every day. Sometimes I use machines. Sometimes I use dumbbells. Sometimes I use kettle bells. Sometimes I use my own body weight. Some that I remember {that I love to hate} include but are not limited to:

-kettle bell squats while I’m straddling two steps. I have to squat really low to work my booty. These are painful, but in a good way. I’m aiming for that nice firm buttocks. {name that movie}

-butt blaster machine! This is basically as pleasant as it sounds, but I will say that it gets the job done.

-shoulder shrugs done laying back on some machine. That was really specific, wasn’t it. I don’t know how else to describe it. Lol!

This is a perfect example why you need to see a professional. Lol!

-throwing medicine balls up against a wall. It’s out of the ordinary and I like this much better than a machine.

We do a lot more exercises, but I can’t think of any right now.

Oh wait.

We do squats and lunges too. And pushups. And some other stuff.

Overall, a solid month that was basically me just trucking along.

Things that helped me survive the 2nd month:

41CAuL5Tg1L-Peanut butter powder. Have you heard of this stuff? It’s ground peanuts without all the fat that tastes just like peanut butter. I add a little water, soy sauce and honey to it and drizzle it over this thai salad. It’s amazing.

-Knowing I was going to be getting a cheat meal at the start of my 3rd month really helped me get through my hungrier days for sure!! Also browsing pinterest was good too.

-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars. These are like my candy…and I get to eat them whenever I want! It’s amazing how delicious they are 🙂 I’m hoping to get more flavors soon!

-Gatorade and soda crackers. I got the stomach flu a few days this month so I threw out the rules because I could’t keep any food down. Once I started feeling better though, I was right back in. I think a lot of people think if they get derailed, their whole diet is ruined. NOT SO!! Get right back to it so you don’t lose another meal, day, week or month! Abs are made in the kitchen!

Whenever I see friends lose weight on Facebook or weight loss shows on TV, I like to follow their progress. Then after months of their hard work, they post pictures of what they look like now and immediately I think “If I had started when they started, I’d look just as good”. That thinking haunted me for a long time but I never had the willpower to do anything about it. Well, I eventually got fed up with it and started seeing Turk, my trainer. The most intimidating-looking beefiest beefcake of a trainer I could find.  I was scared at the beginning, but glad I had the guts to see this through. AND!!! I’m seeing progress which motivates me to keep going.  PS- Turk really isn’t that intimidating after all.

I’m pushing it hard this last month 🙂 Lots of running and butt blasting happening!

Are you guys sticking with your New Years Resolutions? Let me know!

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If you are interested AT ALL in seeing a personal trainer and live in Portland, give Turk a call or drop him an email. Even if you don’t live in Portland, send him a tweet! I’m sure he’d love to help any of you with fitness goals you have/answer questions.

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41 Responses
  1. Aggie

    Lauren you look great, healthy and fit!! Good for you girl!! Love the pic of your bicep, strong is sexy! (Can’t believe I just said that 😉 )
    I have been feeling blah and unmotivated with exercise since the baby. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

  2. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Way to go Lauren! I feel that same way. Just a little blah. Still working out 4-5 times a week. But oh how I love desserts! They get the best of me with loving to bake and eat and blog (lot of sitting).
    Thanks for some inspiration!

  3. Ellen

    I joined the YMCA the end of December and even though exercise is not my favorite thing, the more I go, the more I love it! I am also working out with their trainer and he pushes me! I have also been eating cleaner, I have tried new veggies and cut down on carbs and sugar. I also do not have the desire to eat sugared anything! I have lost 20 pounds so far. I’d like to lose another 40. You are an inspiration Lauren regardless whether you were obese in body fat or athlete. It is all in how YOU feel! You go girl!

  4. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    You look great, Lauren. And the most important part is that you’re feeling good about yourself. Kudos to you for sticking with it!

  5. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

    This is so inspirational. Thank you for being so honest and sharing your journey in so much detail. It’s hard work to keep the weight off as we get older and you’re doing yourself a huge favor to keep things in check. That is the key!

  6. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    So glad you posted this, Lauren! It is so inspiring and you look amazing! Way to stick with it and keep working.

  7. Brian

    Wow. You look great and are very inspiring. I could not write a food blog and survive being 400lbs. Keep up that great work. I am going to go devour some of that Tex Mex Veggie Taco Dip!

  8. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Lauren,
    Thanks for sharing!! you look fabulous! and hello. . your 13 year old girl chest looks great next to my nothing chest. . my boobs got smaller after my kids. . I never knew this would happen. . 🙂 anywho, you look great and are an inspiration to eat healthy and get in shape!!! you go girl!

    1. Lauren

      OMG, I just got finished nursing my baby and I’m basically concave! It’s BAD. Thanks for your comment, dear 🙂

  9. Michelle

    Lauren – Huge congrats on sticking to this! You are looking awesome! By the way, I feel like we pretty much have the same exact body type and my legs just do.not.change. I totally understand the negative comments, too – I’m at a healthy weight and anytime I mention something about changing my eating or getting in shape, my mom poo-poo’s it… “what? lose weight from your NOSE?” “you better not lose any weight, you’ll disappear!” It’s so frustrating. People don’t understand that it’s possible to be at a healthy weight but not FEEL healthy, or like the way you look. Over the last 5 years I’ve maintained pretty much the same weight, but thanks to transitioning into my 30’s, my body has changed and shifted substantially, not to my liking. It’s totally important to do what makes you feel good, feel healthy and strong. I’m so inspired by your posts!

    1. Lauren

      Yes!! I don’t understand those people who don’t want us to change…and for the better! It boggles my mind, but I’m trying to ignore them all! And sooner or later, we’ll both get our lovely legs under control. Lol!

  10. Emma

    Look at you getting it done! Boomshakalocka, strong and fit that’s for sure.

    Love that you are sharing this journey, you are doing so well. and um hello, nice guns girlfriend!

  11. Lydia

    Way to go! Very impressive! How do you measure your body fat? Also, did you say this is your last month? If so, what’re your plans for after this month? Just curious. I need to take some lessons from your self-discipline!

  12. Janelle

    I don’t know the movie you referenced – all I can think of is “Runaway Bride,” where the grandma says “I like his tight butt” (or something like that). What movie is it?

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  15. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction

    Lauren,
    You look great! You must naturally be pretty athletic. We are all our own worst critics but you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. After having two children, some women can’t get rid of the baby weight and would love to be even close to your before picture.
    Annamaria

  16. Katie @ The Surly Housewife

    You look amazing! And let the haters hate. You are doing something for yourself, which will translate to all aspects of your life. At least that is what Jillian tells me 😉 Everything gets harder as we get older so it is awesome that you are getting on track now. I have lost 10 pounds recently and it is so hard to see the change (even though I want too). But I have made my workout part of my daily routine which helps in making healthy food choices throughout the rest of the day. Keep it up!!!

  17. Karen

    In addition to the cardio you do, does your trainer incorporate any HiiT or Tabata training…that is what has helped my body change. Do you consume any chocolate…would have to have chocolate! Is this a lifetime diet or will you change how you are eating once you reach a certain goal….I admire your stick to it attitude. It is hard to put it all out there honestly and then read negative feedback. Sorry for all the questions….

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  20. KC

    Your dedication is inspiring and your arms look lovely. Guess it is just me, but I think your before photo and curves are the nicer look. I wonder how to keep the real curves, which seem healthier to me, and be stronger, in shape, and, of course, happier. My personal “getting older” struggle is endurance, so I am beginning a cardio program which makes doing everything easier. Thank you for sharing all your great recipes and in-shape process.

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