So a little preview to how the month went can be summed up in a few of the experiences I had the past 2 days. I'll do my regular March 1st update with pictures and such, but until then, you get this:
- My Citizens of Humanity jeans officially fit me. I'm THIS close to being able to actually wear them in public. I haven't been able to fit into them like I do now for 7 years. 7 YEARS!
- I went wedding dress shopping on Saturday and it didn't suck. I went one month ago in mid-January and it TOTALLY sucked.
- My inches have changed significantly since January.
- Just for fun today, I decided to go old skool and bust out a Jillian Michaels Shred video (level 3) it was not even an issue. I did all the advanced moves, in fact, for one of the moves in level 3 (one arm cleans) I used my 35# kettlebell. I used to use (1) 8 pound weight. I think in the video they were using 5 pound weights?!
- I did the Crossfit Games Open workout #1 (12.1) yesterday in my living room. I did not sign up for the Open, but I know TONS of people that did. Facebook posts with numbers of burpees performed were flooding my page. I was curious, what would my number be? I discovered that the loft in my living room is a perfect 6" above my reach (which is the standard you must jump to at the end of a burpee for it to count). The majority of people I know got anywhere from 70-120. I thought 70 was an attainable goal for me, 10/minute. Oh, how wrong I was. 55. 55 was my sad, sad number. Actually, that was the impetus for doing the Shred video, I needed an ego boost. Thanks Jillian, worked like a charm.
- New LOW weight- ha, maybe this should be a "high" but its a new low, get it? I'm now 45 pounds down from where I started 2 years ago. Take that plateau.
1) one gallon water/day
2) began eating within 30 min of waking (I was waiting 1- or more hours longer and I guess that puts your body in fat storage mode)
3) Eat every 2-3 hours
4) Increased my protein like MAD (about 1g/pound of weight)
5) No sugar, lean protein, low salt
6) Increased veggies like MAD
7) Increased fish oil and added vitamin/amino acid supplements (AA's preserve muscle when working out a lot, also called Branch Chain Amino Acids)
8) Three days of high protein/veg/natural fat (burn days) followed by one day of refueling with carbs (sweet potatoes) but lower fat.
In reality, many of these things weren't new, I started increasing my water intake in January, aiming for a gallon a day. By the time February rolled around, getting a gallon down was not hard. For the past year and a half I have been striving to eat a diet that is high in quality protein, getting my carbohydrates from vegetables, no processed foods, and no sugar. I was unfaltering in this goal the past 24 days (check out my food/exercise log). I believe I have made much of this list habit, and plan to continue to stick to the list above as much as possible. If I go to a restaurant, it will be on a "refuel" day. I do plan on eating a wider selection of meats- um...haven't had bacon in over 3 weeks!? Ridiculous. Must rectify soon. :)