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Progress report

I thought I’d update on not only dh’s progress, but my own.

Dh – down at least 75 pounds since he started at the end of July 2011. His measurements are great. He is down into a size 44-46 in pants (as opposed to a 56+” waist), and back down into a XXL shirt (instead of stretching out a 3XL). He can now toss hay into the hay loft like a machine, instead of struggling to get it in. He started working from home, so hopefully he’ll see some new improvements both in physical fitness and physique. He’s been at a plateau for almost 2 months (but he also had pneumonia for nearly 2 months, so I think he needs to give himself some slack).

For me, I started out just doing this to get healthier – no joint pain, reduced fatigue, and maybe some strength gains focusing on my core. I had absolutely no weight/physique goals at all. I knew I would see some weight loss, but only expected about 10-15. After I had the baby, I was at a 14 (also getting there pre-pregnancy). Within a few weeks, I was down into a 12. A couple of months after that, I noticed that 10s fit nicely. Then, several months after that, I saw that they were getting too big, so I went to Goodwill to get some size 8s. That didn’t last long, however, and I’ve been in size 6s and some 4s for almost a month now. I haven’t seen those sizes since middle school. I’ve lost 25 pounds. I might lose another 5-10, but I’m not trying to, and if I don’t, I don’t care. I am able to do a chinup now on the pullup bar. Sometimes I can squeeze in 2, almost 3. This is huge for me. I also climbed a real tree for the first time about a month ago. My exercise is still somewhat inconsistent because of the baby, but I enjoy doing little bursts of 10-15 minutes here and there. My biggest issue is continuing to stay off of sugar, which is when I noticed going down into the 6s, and also dialing in my sleep because if I don’t, I’m just hosed for 2-3 days.

The boys are doing great. The big boys act like they’re getting ready to go through a growth spurt. J3 is actually starting to get a little chubby, so we cut him back slightly on his breakfast and snacks. He wasn’t happy that he wasn’t getting the same as the big bubs, but he’s fine now and isn’t acting hungry, so I think we made a good choice with him. P is now 7 months, and he started to eat sweet potatoes the day before he turned 7 months. He is really enjoying the solids. I’m a little sad. I had hoped he would wait a little longer like the big brothers, but he’s still within the range of normal. I think I’m going to try egg yolks today or tomorrow for him.

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Fit Friday

I am going to use Fridays to track my fitness progress.

So far this week, I’ve practiced the 4 of the 5 Primal Essential Movements that I’m able to do.  I can’t do pull-ups yet, mainly because we haven’t found a good spot to put the pull-up bar.  I have toyed around with trying the Australian pullup, but haven’t found a place to try that, either.

My progress?  Well, I’m really sore.  Yesterday was another day.  I did all of the first set of squats, holding onto a chair like a ballet barre, but only made it to 20 or 25 on the second set.  I must’ve done something right, though, because I can feel it all throughout my legs, not just my quads.  My arms are sore, too.  But, the progress from when I started is kinda cool.  When I first started only my triceps hurt.  Now, I can feel it all throughout my upper arms, and some into my forearms.  So, maybe my triceps are catching up with my bicep strength? Overhead presses (first level in the videos I linked to earlier this week) – first time I could only do 1 set of 8.  I adjusted the height so that it is a little higher, and now I’m able to do (barely) 2 sets of 20.  Once that gets easy for me, I’ll lower the height a little and work from there. Planks are, well, planks.  The increasing strength in my upper arms is helping me to do better, but I still have a long way to go.

Since I’m so sore and it’s so wet & muddy, I am going to do some playing on Wii Fit. I can’t wait until we can get out and take walks around the property or local parks!

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