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I’ve been terrible the past week with keeping up with the blog. I promise I shall fill you in on the past week and all that I didn’t have time to share up to this point.

Today I weigh 132 lbs. This means I lost 6.5 lbs since January 6th, when it was 138.5. I really think I lost more like 8 lbs., as my average weight has been 140 for the past few years.

Here are side-by-side comparison shots (the left is today, March 3rd, 2013, 132.0 lbs, the right is the day I started, January 6, 2013, 138.5 lbs):

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Quite a difference, even at just 8 lbs. My theory is that I must have gained muscle mass, because I do feel stronger and the weight loss was so gradual, that it would make sense that with dieting plus exercise, you’re gaining muscle while you’re also losing fat.

What now? I want to keep going! I want to get stronger and even leaner. Maybe another 5 lbs. to go and just keeping up the habit of daily exercise and eating right. I did it and I can keep doing it. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself.

Day 7 of week 6

My weigh-in this morning showed me that having “cheated” 4 different times this week on the food, and skipping several of the workouts caused my weight to go from 133 back to 135 lbs. I am disappointed, but I know that I can fix it with getting back on schedule for the next two weeks.

My disappointment prevented me from feeling like doing any other status report, including the photos or video. If I gained 2 lbs back, then I’m not going to look any different than I did two week ago. Part of my problem is that I don’t get up early enough and also do not want to run outside in the cold.

I will fix this by getting some good outdoor running gear, but that doesn’t help the problem of the ice and puddles on the ground. Damn winter! Still, I have no excuse when I skip my workouts altogether, even the substitute workouts.

I also need to stick with the diet much better than I did this past week. I fell off the diet several times and more than I would like. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating extremely healthy. It just means that if I’m consuming more carbs and starch, then I will likely need to not skip the workouts and maybe even add additional workouts to work off the extra heavy foods.

My weight this morning is 133.0. Another pound lost and down 5.5 lbs since I began the program. Here are the photos from this morning:

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Today I weighed myself for my end of 4th week mark, exactly half-way through the program and I am at: 134.0 lbs.

Not bad. If I continue to lose a pound a week or so, then I will be down to 130.0 by the 8th week. Really hoping this happens.

I would be very happy with 130, although I’d still probably try to go for 128 eventually, or perhaps even 125 if that is possible. I’d like to have a very low body-fat percentage. The ideal for a woman who works out is between 12 and 17% and I remember being at 17% when I was in my twenties. I would be happy with a 17% ratio now in my forties.

Photos of me now:

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I don’t see much of a difference from last week, but then I really didn’t expect to.

Day 7 of week 3

So here we are at the week 3 mark. I weigh 135.0 lbs, which means I only lost half a pound since last week. A bit disappointing. However, I am not going to let it discourage me, as I am going to assume that my body’s composition is changing and perhaps I’ve gain muscle mass. Who knows, it’s hard to tell, but I’m not going to get discouraged only 3 weeks into this.

Yes, I had hoped I’d be further along as far as the weight loss. But in any case, I am happy with my body so far and I definitely am looking more toned in my abdominal area. Still more to do on my arms, but the abs are coming along. See here:

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As far as measurements, I don’t seem to have changed from last week either.

I’m still going to go for my goal of 128 lbs. There are still 5 weeks to go, so I think it’s possible.

Day 7 of week 2

It is day 14 and I weighed in this morning.

My weigh-in shows I lost another 1.5 pounds. Not as much as I hoped. I lost a another inch off my hips too.

I’m wondering if the dairy and fruits I am eating are preventing me from losing as much as I’d like to. So starting on Monday I will cut those out entirely and see if it makes any difference. Also, I will cut back on the amount of nuts I eat in one day.

Other than that, I think I will have less of a problem with the exercises (I had to skip some of them because I didn’t have the equipment or they were way too hard, especially the pull-up ones on the bar). I have found ways to modify the hard ones that I was just skipping almost entirely. I think the ones Joel shows in his tutorial are for people who are already really strong. It is discouraging when you can’t even do one chin-up. So I will do other arm and shoulder workouts with my dumbbells and work my way up to being stronger that way. Then when I have gained more strength in my arms, chest and shoulders, I will do the pull-ups and chin-ups. I’ll still try to do them, but not work myself into disappointment when trying to do them during a workout routine.

It’s also a bit disappointing that I have only lost 3 pounds since I started this program. When I compare it to what Joel [Runyon] says he lost, I’m losing much more slowly. I have to keep in mind that he was already a very active person and he’s a guy with much more upper body strength than me. So I’m silly to compare us. Still, I would like to see a much more drastic change in me, so I’m going to see what I can do to the diet and workouts like I mention above. And no more cheating on food!

Day 7 of week 1

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So I got through a whole week of this program. I’m feeling pretty good about it, even though I only lost 1.5 lbs. Still, progress is progress and since I also didn’t have the pull-up bar and couldn’t do all the exercises in the workout program, I’m not too surprised that I didn’t lose as much weight as I expected. Also, the jump roping was very hard for me to maintain for 1 full minute. I did the jump roping again yesterday but only for 10 minutes and again I was only able to get 30 seconds of jumping and then needed 1 minute of rest in between. So I’m definitely not doing as strenuous a workout as I would like. My body just isn’t capable yet. I do find that regulating my breathing makes jump roping easier. That’s the part that is hard for me: the breathing. I just lose my breath because I’m not used to working my heart rate up that high.

I did cheat on some of the foods I ate. I have two brand new containers of yogurt and had half a container of kefir and wanted to use them up. I held off eating any of the yogurt until yesterday and I had it without any added sweetener and some blueberries and cherries. However, this entire week I did not have a single piece of bread or cracker or anything else related to wheat. So that I did very good on.

Another item I had this week that was a cheat was 2 rum and cokes. Next time I go out drinking I’ll drink wine or perhaps gin and tonic, since there’s less sugar in that. Coke alone was the wrong choice, but I won’t let it happen again. The thing is that I can’t have hard cider, which is what I usually drink, and the only thing I could think of was the rum/coke. But next time I will try something else. I’ll also look up some alcohol recipes that don’t have as much sugar. Although the program does say to avoid alcohol completely. I think I’ll be fine without drinking any or just very little considering I don’t go out much.

The good part about this past week is that I do FEEL good. I feel good about myself for doing what I’ve been doing and I feel good physically. I know I only lost the 1.5 lbs but I do think the workout and diet is changing my body’s composition. Obviously, it’s only been ONE week, but I do feel better already. I miss dairy a bit, I miss sugar. I had 4 pieces of chocolate this week because I wanted that taste in my mouth. Surprisingly I don’t miss the pasta or bread. And I’ve eaten healthier than I usually do. So keeping this up will be very good for me.

I also want to track how much this costs me versus my regular way of eating. I do think it will cost more. Especially as I’ve been buying things like shrimp, fish, smoked salmon, good olive oil, and good meat, most of it at Whole Foods. Last week’s bill came to $170 and this week’s came to $103. But I still have a lot of last week’s food left over and I know even what I bought this week will last me quite a while. I’m sure I could also cut a bit back on the more expensive stuff like the ones I mentioned above.

I also have been sleeping better, getting into bed as close to 10:00 as possible and getting up at 6:00, sometimes a bit later.

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Age: 45

Height: 5 feet 7

Weight: 138.5 lbs.
Bust: 33.5 inches
Waist (gut) below belly button: 34
Hips: 38
Upper thighs: 24
Upper arms: 10.5

One of my goals for this year is to get in shape and to feel good about my body.

Most of my life I was thin, skinny, in fact. It has been since I turned 30 that I began to put on weight. It crept up on me, so that it was barely visible at first. A little pudge in the gut, not much else seemed to have changed.

Over the following 15 years I noticed it change more drastically, such as increased flab on my upper arms, unable to fit into pants and skirts I’ve had for years, my belly hanging over my waist-bands, and generally feeling heavier, not the same in my skin.

What I look like today:

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I learned about Impossible Abs last year through a blog I’ve been following. Joel Runyon, the blog author, inspires me to think outside of my comfort zone and one of these has been exercise. I’m pretty good with trying to change my diet, but have so far lacked the motivation to keep it going, and I have never come across a fitness program that tells you how to both eat right and exercise. It’s usually one or the other.

The rules of the Impossible Abs program: Eat a Paleo-inspired diet (you will learn more about this later) within an 8 hour window, exercise daily for 30 minutes (the exercises are provided by Joel as well as how to do them and modifications to them), for 8 weeks straight.

I honestly have always hated to exercise. Probably because it seems like so much work for very little benefit. But after I read the story of Joel’s own experience with the program, I was convinced this is something anyone can do, including me. All you have to do is follow the rules and do them each and every day for 8 weeks.

Eight weeks. That’s nothing, right? I’ve lived 45 years, surely I could take 2 months to do something I have never done before and see if it impacts my life. I’d have nothing to lose except perhaps a few pounds which is what I want. And perhaps a few hundred bucks. I decided it was worth it and on January 1, 2013, I signed up.

This is the story of what happened next.

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Completion of 8-Week Impossible Abs programMarch 4th, 2013
8 weeks completed!

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