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Monday, May 24, 2010

Weigh in: Week 30 and the Telling Ponytale

So I decided to weigh this week and report in. I really don't want to be obsessed with the number on the scale, so I won't weighing in every week any more as I consider myself in Maintenance Mode right now. I also realized I hadn't taken an AFTER photo, so I got right on that! I am down 1.5 lb to 147.5 lbs for a total loss since late October of 48.5 lbs.

I am still 100% on the Belly Fat Cure. I've thought a lot about maintenance and for now, I'm not going to change anything at all. Not add anything back quite yet. A few reasons for that: #1 I don't want to screw anything up and start gaining weight #2 I'm quite happy with what I'm eating #3 Honestly a few more pounds lost would be good, but I'm not going to obsess about it.

 
(Photos are from 11/16/09 182 lbs, 1/19/10 169 lbs, 3/8/10 159 lbs, 5/22/10 147.5 lbs)

The changes since the last photo are pretty subtle, just about 11 lbs difference. I notice a big difference, but I don't know if it really shows in the photos. Mostly, I think I look a little more athletic. (And yes, I noticed my boobs are lopsided in the latest one! I think it just an adjustment issue, or maybe I'm uneven and never knew!) I have gone from a very tight size 14 to a comfortable size 8. From XL in many clothes to a Medium and even a Small in a few things. This is all really shocking to me, and I've not quite wrapped my head around it yet.

The funniest thing about these photos? My ponytail! Notice how it's all sloppy and sad in the BEFORE photo and it just gets a little better over time, until its even a little perky in my last photo! I think that ponytail is very telling about so much in life on this weight loss journey. I think that smile in the BEFORE can best be described as a "Brave Face" and not really a smile.  I wish I could go back and tell my BEFORE self "Everything's going to be okay, you're going to make!" She looks like she could use a hug, right?

A friend recently told me she thought I had a "a lot of balls" to put my photos, weight and all up here for everyone to read about. I hadn't really thought about that in a long time. Once I decided I was going to use my name and show photos, I didn't look back. But seeing those before photos, I remember I had NO intention of ever showing them to anyone. Jorge Cruise used to ask us in class for our photos, and I thought "No way, he might show it to the class!" I didn't even share my before photo with my buddies on the plan. But here I am...

I would really encourage you to take regular photos of your weight loss journey. You will want them when you get to your goal.. and you ARE going to get to your goal! Plus sometimes I can only see a difference on the scale and in these photos. My brain doesn't always process it without real proof.

A while back I said I was pretty happy with the Belly Fat Cure part of this plan, but I still needed a Hip and Butt Fat Cure. Well, I'm quite happy to say my butt is feeling pretty cured lately too. In fact, for me, it's just kind of gone! Now it's just me and the thighs left. But again, I'm working hard not to obsess on my body.

I did my 5K last week and I did okay. I learned something about myself and it is that I must be internally motivated. My time was exactly the same was it was when I ran it myself a few days before, 32 minutes. Nothing to write home about, but it's done! I do a twice weekly hike/run were I usually go about 8 miles, right now I run a little more then half of it. My goal is to be able to run the whole thing. I think that might be the trick for the Thigh Cure in the end!

I hope you all are still doing great, I'd love to hear about your progress!

24 comments:

  1. You look amazing! Congratulations on your weight loss! I found your blog by wanting more info on BFC and Jorge. I started about a month and half ago to lose 10 lbs before vacation. I grew a midsection that I wasn't proud of and want to rid of it. My mom suggested BFC and I have been doing ever since. I did lose the 10 lbs and have been maintaining. I agree with you... I love the food plans with BFC and dont' find a need to change it.

    Thanks for putting yourself out there! Congrats again!

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  2. You are a total inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey and for continuing the updates. I just started last week, lost 5 pounds in my first week and downloaded your tracker today. I was wondering how much exercise you did in the early days. I do pretty much nothing, but I hope to start at least walking soon. Thanks again for your wonderful site.

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  3. I'm so glad you did take photos because, yeah, you can totally see the difference. Not to go on about your boobs, but I do think the healthy fats in the BFC help maintain the womanly "fat" where we need it. You look great!!!

    I haven't really changed anything but I should be tracking closer. I did have homemade jam for the first time in forever, and it was ok. I swear I'm not having MAD sugar cravings during this difficult time because of keeping my levels low. I'll cruise through this icky part and then really hit it hard when I have my fire back.

    Keep up the good work!

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  4. Wow! A picture really does tell 1000 words!!! Your bottom half is definitely looking pretty sleek!Congratulations on reaching your weight loss goal and also on the great progress with the running/hiking! You are a great motivator to many!
    Pat in NJ

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  5. Thanks you all! So glad to see some new commenters here! Anonymous - I started walking again semi-regularly in late August. It was 3 miles round time and it killed me. I started the BFC 2 months later, not a pound lost. Somewhere along the way, I

    I have a really great trail system I can get to from my home, and I was really determined to take advantage of it. Ppl drive from all over just to hike/run there. I have very little time to do it, but I it great for my mental state too. I don't think about anything except if I can get up the next hill! I should do a whole blog post about my exercise!

    Carbzilla - Not to go about the boobage either, but it has changed dramatically! Comical, actually. But anyways... when I did Atkins years the boobs went first.

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  6. This is awesome!! I would also add that you look YOUNGER!!! You really inspire me b/c today is the beginning of Week 4 for me, but I got side-tracked for almost 2 whole weeks. I am down 5 pounds but could've been down about 10+ by now. Trying to move forward....

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  7. I totally got side tracked too. I was down 10 pounds and I am having a hard time getting that fire back in me. I tend to feel like if I mess up, even if it's just a little bit, I have messed everything up. Then I think...what the heck. Any words of encouragement? I do this all the time. I don't know what is wrong with me.

    You look great by the way. Your pictures are amazing. You look so happy.

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  8. Fantastic Job!!! You are truely an inspiration. I applaud your courage in sharing such a personal struggle along with your photos. I can tell that you have the perseverance to pick your self back up when you stumble & continue the race. Way to go!

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  9. You are a rock star and amazing inspiration. Thanks for sharing it everything with us, warts and all! You look fantastic.

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  10. Amber, You look fantastic. I hope I get there, too. When you hike/run the 8 miles, how long does it take you? That's a lot of miles. Wow!

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  11. Thanks for all the great comments! You all are why I post them, because I realized maybe someone else could use a reminder that it is possible. Warts and all! ;-)

    Claudia - It took me 100 minutes to go 8.5 miles today. I run about half and power walk the rest. Basically I hike up a big hill and run down it! I use a great app called Cardio Trainer on my Nexus One phone.

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  12. Yay! You got new shorts! Love you...mish

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  13. How AWESOME Amber! Congrats! I am trying to add variety in the menu so I bought the GG bran breadcrisps and ate 4 of them last night with tuna salad. By the third one I could tell they were expanding :-D Variety is key for me and I've discovered the 4 websites I have to go to in order to get the variety at decent prices. Fantastic work and thanks for sharing!

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  14. You are doing an AMAZING job! How inspiring! This is my first week on the BFC and it is going surprisingly well!

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  15. Hi Amber,

    just found your blog. It is very inspirational, thank you for putting it all out there! My husband and I have just started the BFC. I've got one question I hope you can answer for me - In the book the celery and cream cheese gets a 0/0 value, but on the container of Kraft Philly cream cheese it's listed as 2 grams of carbs and 1 of sugar. Is there some other kind of cream cheese that has a 0/0 value?

    Thanks!

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  16. Heather - Thanks so much! Fortunately, I apparently don't need much variation. Try turkey/cream, cream cheese/salmon, Nature's hallow jam on the GG Crispbreads. Even low sugar peanut butter. I love those crispbreads!

    There is some inconsistencies in the book (a few are addressed here: http://jorgecruise.com/storage/Book_Updates_2010.pdf) but cream cheese isnt mentioned. Just find the lowest count cream cheese you can and you probably will use less then a full serving size so it could come out as 0/0 then.

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  17. So, tell me, what's your secret? Did you have to change your diet and exercise more?

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  18. Love your series of pictures. So very inspiring. I am just finishing day 2 today (which was a really hard day of feeling hungry) and your pictures are making me feel like I might be able to do it too:)

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  19. Wow you look amazing. You must have really stuck w/ it good job! I am currently trying to lose all the weight I gained from my 2 pregnancies. Down 10lbs so far about another 30 to go to come close to my original weight. Im fairly new to this though and have issues keeping in the limits w/o going hungry. I think its because im breastfeeding. Any ideas on 0/0 Items I might be able to fill up with? Thanks so much your story is an inspiration. =) Take care!

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  20. wThank you for your blog. I decided I should get my Jorge fix every morning by watching something on youtube to motivate me for the day. Your photos are great. Very motivating for me. I am just finishing my first week and I lost 8 lbs. I am so excited. I haven't felt deprived in any way. My daughter brought a box of glazed donuts over last night. That;s usually my cue to go off of whatever diet I;m on but amazingly I didn't have any or even a desire to have some. I;m hoping to stay focused. I love how you share all of you foods and your goodies. Thanks so much for that. I will be looking forward to more of your blogs, aloha and have a great day

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  21. Congrats, what an accomplishment! You look amazing and so much younger! Good for you! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing! You are an inspiration! Just started 2 weeks ago and down 6lbs but need to loose 30 total, I have a long way to go but am loving it!

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  22. Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your story with me. You are an inspiration!! You look great!

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  23. I was Googling more information on the BFC vs. FT and found your blog. I am so grateful that I did!! I just bought the BFC book the other day and will be starting the diet this Sunday (we will be shopping for the menu this Saturday). My husband looked at the recipes and will be having dinners with me - so that will make this easy for me to do! Your blog is inspiring and has me excited to get started! Thanks for doing this!!! PS - your pictures are VERY motivating and you shouldn't feel embarrassed at all!!

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