Thursday, September 6, 2012

more talk about my less fat ass

It's been just over five months since I last gave you a de-fating myself update and I suppose part of the reason I haven't mentioned it is because I really haven't lost much more weight. (I'm about 3 pounds down, which is great but not really earth shattering) I have however, dropped another clothing size and am quickly rounding the corner on dropping another. This means that I'm back into single digit sizes and holy shit, I haven't been there since 2005.

I was probably in the best shape of my life in 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina. I was 25, working out with a trainer, and still had the ability to lose weight just by skipping a night of drinking and avoiding cookies for a couple of days. After Katrina I started eating everything, stopped working out, and never looked back. When we settled in Austin I went on an all gelato diet. I started baking all the time. I laughed if you suggested I visit a gym. It was truly the beginning of the end.

When we moved to California I picked up my activity level some, adding rock climbing and aerial acrobatics to the mix, I might have toned up some, but I never really slimmed down. Probably because I continued to eat all the things. I got pregnant, had Truman, and vowed to lose some weight. I hired a trainer. I worked out five days a week. I lost not a pound. I was still eating all the things.

We moved back to Austin, I got pregnant, had Pippa, and again vowed to lose weight. This time something was different. I don't know if it was because I knew we were done having kids and I finally was going to be 100% in control of my body for the rest of my life or that I had finally hit my weight high point and was just done being fat; whatever it was something in me had clicked and I was ready for change.

In the last few months I've moved away from the calorie restriction that helped me dropped the bulk of my weight and moved into a Paleo diet. I'm surprised I'm here because I was so resistant to Paleo for a very long time. I don't have a real reason for switching to it other than it seemed like a lot of people like it and I was getting bored counting calories and needed a change. In July, about 20 days after I went Paleo, jparks was diagnosed with Celiac's Disease and joined me on the Paleo bandwagon. So far we are both enjoying it.

Obviously I'm not dropping crazy weight like I was in the beginning of the year but I am slimming down. I do barre classes (ya'll, get thee to a barre class! They are challenging, always changing, and effective. jparks takes them with me sometimes and has his ass handed to him by the instructor.) and I run a lot. I've moved on to toning and building muscle now and I think this process might actually be more rewarding than the weight loss portion.

My new year's resolution this year was to never need to make another resolution to lose weight. As my weight/size stands now I feel like I could declare that resolution met.


  1. This is fantastic. I'm thrilled for you. And like you, I am finally at a place where I want to get my body back because yep, I'm done having kids. It's time.

  2. Welcome to the Paleo life :)

  3. Where are you doing your barre classes? I was in the best shape of my life when I was dancing regularly and that has all gone to crap since I stopped.

  4. Congrats on taking control! And yes to barre classes...I have my ass handed to me on a weekly basis. I'm literally terrified at the beginning of each class but feel so great when it's over. Sore, but great. And they never get easier - always always challenging.

  5. Hooray! I hope to be like you in a few months time! Since I fell off the bandwagon of eating well and exercising and put the weight back on.

    But no more! I'm going to lose and lose for good!


  6. LOVE barre classes. We have a barre gym here, Define, that is the ONLY group exercise class I have ever enjoyed. I LOVE it. When I'm training, I do 3 barre classes, 3-4 runs per week. I have no idea if I'm losing weight b/c I hate scales and haven't weighed myself in years!