Last Friday I ran for 45 minutes. I rarely run that long but I had immense energy that day! Since then, I have consistently run for 40-45 minutes at a time, totaling around 4-5 miles each time. While I’ve never used an IPOD when training before, I found that running with the Nike+GPS application on my Iphone is really helpful to keep me motivated! I listen to songs that get my heart rate pumping – some of them are “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, “Party Rock” by LMAO, “Stronger” by Kanye West and “They way I are” by Timbaland (to name a few). My weight really hasn’t changed much. It’s annoying but I’m used to it. I lose maybe 4 ounces a week. LOL. But, I always have to consider muscle weight. People are shocked when I tell them I’m 130 pounds. Most think I’m around 115. This is a reminder to all of you that muscle weighs more than fat and the size of a pound of fat is three times larger than the size of a pound of muscle. Last time I checked I was at 19% body fat. My goal is to be 120-125pounds and 16-18% body fat. (I like to keep my curves AND my period!)
The first photo below was taken in early April. The second photo was taken today, July 6, 2012. I’m wearing size 26 jeans (Lucky brand) and was probably 140 pounds. Amazing how 10 pounds look like! When I was able to pull up the jeans past my hips and butt I was ecstatic in April! I had that yucky muffin top, which I knew would decrease if I continued to eat clean and exercise. THIS is an example of women (who just gave birth) saying, “I can fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans!” but what they can really do is pull it up passed their hips, but they probably still have that muffin top! I didn’t even want to expose that picture until I leaned down a bit.
So right now it feels like I’m plateauing, but at the same time, I’m running faster (6.0-7.0) and longer 45 minutes plus! My baby is nearly 7 months now. It’s funny to tell people that I have three kids and they ask, “How old is your eldest?” and I say, “3!” haha.
So here are my tips to lose that muffin top!
– Train 4-5 times a week
– Eat 4-5 small meals a day
– Try to do everything at the same time every day!
– Challenge yourself CONSTANTLY. Do a little bit more than what you did the week before.
– Eat less carbohydrates at night
– Drink ONLY water or tea
– Limit sugar intake
– Stay positive
– Have faith in your positive actions.
Wonder how I looked before? Here’s my picture ONE week after giving birth in December.
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