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Five Pounds + Back Fat

Today’s post is going to be a quickie because I need to get back to editing footnotes. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook can also follow my frenetic editing adventure there.

Anyway, Chris and I have been following the Abs Diet since the New Year, obsessively bagging servings of nuts, veggies, fruit, and Triscuits after our weekly trip to Walmart and the grocery store. Today, I am happy to announce that I’ve lost five pounds in four weeks. Yea!

Now I’m not the type of girl who obsesses over numbers on the scale because as long as I feel good and my clothes fit, I feel like I’m in the black. Somewhere amongst triathlon training last summer and a rather sedentary fall, I started to feel not so good. My pants weren’t fitting right, my boobs were weird, and I was developing back fat. Bleh.

So in the last month, I’ve been sticking closely to a 1700-calorie/day diet with one free meal a week plus I’ve been weight lifting and running (when it’s not icy or too cold), and I’ve lost five pounds. W00t! I’ve never so closely counted the calories I take in, and I think my constant awareness of the value (both caloric and nutritional) has helped me the most in my effort to annihilate the back fat.

And Chris is counting his calories, too, and he’s helping with food prep, which also has made a huge difference. It helps when the one you live with is also on board.

And I realize this is only five pounds, but I’m not on The Biggest Loser, so I don’t need to lose a literal ton of weight. Maybe just 10% of my original body weight, which was 155 (I’m not afraid to say it) and which would get me down to about 140. And my suspicious back fat is disappearing and my boobs are getting back to normal. My pants, however, still aren’t fitting quite right, which simply means that I get to go shopping for dress pants this week because I’m going to a wedding and all of my dress pants tug and wrinkle in “areas,” which is a surefire sign they don’t fit right.

OK, back to editing.


2 thoughts on “Five Pounds + Back Fat

  1. Way to go! That’s a great victory–keep it up!

    (A side note: I’m getting the weird boobage and pants-pulling-in-all-the-wrong-places thing after a sedentary winter and lots of goodies at the in-laws over Christmas. Unfortunately, the thermometer hasn’t tipped 40 since before December. We ran yesterday anyway, and now I’m hacking like a smoker. I’m gonna keep at it for a couple weeks, but I might have to wait until it warms up more.)

  2. Awesome!! Way to go! Feels good to feel healthier, doesn’t it?

    Scott and I got to exercising and did the South Beach diet starting last June, with the main goal of getting healthier (the guy who made the diet is a cardiologist), and the ancillary goal of losing at least a few pounds. Which leads me to my next point… don’t be surprised if Chris’ numbers drop quicker than yours! (Even if he’s not looking to lose weight, necessarily)

    Scott has lost about 40 since June (or June – October and maintained)! I lost about half as much. We’re thrilled we’ve lost, but the healthiness from the better exercise and good eating habits far outweigh the numerical evidence! (Pun intended)

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