Cupcakes make you huge, not weights

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There is such a misconception about lifting weights.  Yes, you CAN get big and bulky by lifting but it takes a LOT of work that you have to do on purpose.  Many women lift and stay slender.  I know some women who have lost all of their weight JUST by lifting, avoiding cardio.  Of course food always has a lot to do with losing weight but lifting should be a big part of it, too.  Lifting can speed up weight loss which is a huge win if you ask me.  If you don’t want to look like a female version of The Rock, focus on using smaller weights with higher reps.  If you want to bulk up, use heavier weights with smaller reps.

Women need to stop being afraid of lifting weights.  I hope this short blurb changes your perception.

Slow and steady!!!

The first picture is from last fall but I’m still damn proud.  I hit 153.3 in the spring of 2013 after being rear ended.  It took about a year to get and stay under 140 lbs and another year to hit and stay under 130.  During our last 2 challenges, I maintained my weight staying in the 129-131 range.  We began a new one about two weeks ago and I saw 126.6 for the first time in several years.

12235133_10208085194714424_1057883123288829991_nI told my husband, yesterday, that I no longer walk with my head down, hiding myself.  I walk through parking lots and stores with my head held high.  I’m learning to love myself, both inside and outside, more and more every day.  I’m not perfect and I never will be.  My body has been through five pregnancies and births.  I’ve been broken and bruised.  I get older every day.  But I fight to make myself a better person and fight myself to love me.

I’m not where I want to be but I’ll get there.  I decided, yesterday, to cancel my WBFF goal.  I’m not ready mentally or physically.  I may never be ready.  If I do a fitness show, great.  If I don’t, I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  It takes extreme dedication and I’m just not there right now.  I may never be.  But I’m not a failure.  I push myself a little more every day.  I’ll get to where I want to be on my own time.  Right this minute, I’m extremely happy with how I look today.  I’ve even become comfortable enough without primping before taking pictures- no make up and I’m pretty sure that’s what my hair looked like when I woke up.

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Work hard, take things slow, learn to love yourself and never give up.  You will get there eventually. ❤

 

Body wraps- holy crap they worked!!

I’ll admit I was skeptical but still dished out the dough hoping it would work.  I tried the body wrap on my belly first.  A tip from a fellow ItWorks Global rep- take a hot shower and use a scrubby or loofah with NO body wash.  Make sure skin is free of any lotions, too.  I opened the package and laid out the contents- the wrap and directions.  Tossing aside my ‘do first read directions later’ ADD I carefully read the directions.  I’d watched several videos on youtube and thought using plastic wrap was a bit much but quickly realized it was a necessity- only I didn’t have any.  So after I opened the wrap, pulled it apart and applied it to my freshly scrubbed belly I went in search for something to wrap around it.  Hubby wouldn’t give up the ace bandage so I rummaged around until I found the girdle (for lack of a better word) I bought for a bridesmaid dress.

*Body Wrap Service Announcement- No where did I read anything about the smell of the wraps.  FYI, they smell and feel like Icy Hot.  Apparently that’s the smell that comes from mixing up the concoction to suck out evil toxins from my over toxified body.  My 4 and 7 year old kids came near me and exclaimed, “What’s that smell?”  Don’t worry, it’s just mommy trying to get fit and healthy-  go play.  So now you’ve been warmed about the smell.  Oh, and the icy hot feeling.

Another tip I got was to move around while wearing the wrap.  Fold some laundry, vacuum, do some dishes, etc but do NOT exercise while wearing it.  Sweat will clog your pores preventing the wraps from working.

Anyway, after an hour (you have to leave it on for a minimum of 45 minutes) I took it off, rubbed the excess lotion in and did my measurements again.  I’d lost one inch from above my belly button, 2.5 inches from just below and .5 inches from a little further down.  WOW- 4 inches total!

HOLD UP!  I was still skeptical.  So a few hours later (only wrap one area at a time) I cut one in half and wrapped each piece around my upper arms after measuring in three different spots while holding my arms out to the side (this is important).  Again, no plastic wrap so I got creative and wrapped disposable shopping bags around each arm with some tape….and the assistance of my 14 year old.  After an hour I removed the bags and wraps, rubbed the excess lotion in and remeasured.  Because I cut the wrap in half I didn’t lose anything from where I took the first measurements but I did lose 1.25 inches off of each arm!

What could be better than that?  Well, let me tell you!  I measured again 24 hours later and had lost another inch off my stomach area and .75 inches off of one arm and .5 inches off the other.  Ok, NOW I’m convinced!

Key points

  • Use one wrap at a time unless you’re doing arms/legs
  • For best results take a hot shower and use loofah/scrubby with no soap/lotion
  • Use saran wrap/ace bandage/girdle
  • Move around while wearing wrap or wear it while you sleep
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after
  • Don’t forget to measure!!!