Bikini Bootcamp – Weigh In #3

 The lack of photo and the fact that I am sitting here eating popcorn at 8.30 in the morning should give you an idea of how well this week  has gone. After last weeks post it all went a bit pear shaped.
I haven’t shredded every day & I’ve been eating naughty treats. The catalyst was when I tried on an old pair of jeans and they FIT! I thought.. why am I bothering when my shape is changing on its own? I have still stayed within my 1200 cals and the last few days less than 1000. I walk every day and Zumba twice a week. Despite that I haven’t lost a pound. I’ve maintained which to some might be okay but I’ve changed my life and I expected something! I’m at a bit of a crossroads now. I’m nervous that if i continue what is effectively ‘crash dieting’ I will gain even more weight when I stop and although the scales aren’t my friends right now my clothes fit better and my body looks leaner. I’m almost prepared to bare all in a bikini. I will continue my daily walks and my zumba, I will try and keep up the shred again but the diet? I’m just a bit fed up with it. When I’m hungry I’m miserable and that’s on a good day.. throw a baby that wont stop crying in to the mix and I’m practically suicidal. On those days I want to eat what I want, is that so terrible? 
I have learnt a lot about calorie content, portion control and just generally making better choices when it comes to food. I don’t intend to entirely fall off the wagon and binge on McDonalds now but I am having a week off the hardcore dieting. When you’re hungry you lose motivation to do anything let alone exercise so lets see what happens when the focus shifts. My body responds to working out far better than cutting calories and when I slow the exercise down a little I don’t think my metabolism will suffer in quite the same way.
I will continue to keep a food diary but if I really want something I’m going to have it. I have to spin this so I’m interested again. We fly to Las Vegas in just over 3 weeks time so I don’t want to give up now.
Those of you also bootcamping, hows your week been?
Better than mine, I hope!
Miss BB
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  1. lindsey patton
    23 February, 2012 / 10:02 am

    Well done, sounds sensible. losing baby weight is HARD! Im doing the shred too and I've bought a treadmill so doing 5k runs daily along with (loose) swimming world diet.. god knows what Im gonna do about twin tummy though! I don't think its ever gonna fully do one x

  2. 23 February, 2012 / 10:33 am

    Don't be too tough on yourself – you're doing well and you look great anyway 🙂
    My best buy was a cross trainer over a year ago now. I *hate* exercise but i've somehow managed to do 30 minutes a day at least 5 times a week for the last year. I just put on my youtube subscriptions (you included, of course! You don't realize how useful you are!;-)) and watch you all for the time i'm peddling. I swear, the time flies by because i'm so engrossed in what i'm watching that i'm not thinking about the exercise i'm doing. Any time of day, whatever the weather, even in pyjamas, i'm always good to go. Love that cross trainer. So if you say exercise works for you – that's my recommendation 🙂

  3. 23 February, 2012 / 11:04 am

    agree with the girls above, excercise is KEY And i am goingto be a hypocrite now because i really need to get off my assmore but winter is sooooo depressing and i justhavent been getting out as much but its spring now – lol – and i intend to doa lot more walking, biking etc x The more you ut restrictions on what you eat the more you will crave baby! Everyone always thinks im dieting but genuinley i do like to eat healthy aswell as the odd treat. aimfor 80% nutrition 20% crap and you wont go farwrong! xx

  4. 23 February, 2012 / 11:16 am

    to be fair sounds like your doin a lot of excercise anyway i think yourdoing great and you really do look good considering how oldmilo is x

  5. 23 February, 2012 / 11:57 am

    I think less than 1000 calories isn't the way to go perhaps? I dont know, it just makes me think you're body is hanging onto any of the fat content of the foods you are eating because you're not eating enough perhaps?
    The Zumba is probably gaining muscle which is heavier than fat.. so maybe thats why you're slimming down but its not reflected in the weight?
    I think you look lovely anyway, and coming from someone who is too thin I would kill for some womanly curves! Ive never looked at your OOTD posts or YT videos and thought you were fat, nor even plump.. You look 'normal' to me, just a nice size.. But Im not you and you obv feel differently.
    I think unless you're willing to make long term changes.. My gut feeling is that eating such low calories wont work long term I dont think and I can imagine it will go straight back on. Strict diet changes will be hard, I was forced into it and its incredibly difficult :0/ I had to cut out wheat and diary and trust me, the weight just fell off (but Ive always needed to gain some!), so maybe cutting back here and there would work better for you instead xxxx

  6. Anonymous
    23 February, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    Body chemistry is a quirky thing, and what works for one person may not work for another, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt ; )

    I buy my winter clothes a size up, and since it's cold out and holiday season, I give myself a free pass to eat what I like and skip the gym from Thanksgiving to NYE. And tend to gain about 5-7 lbs. But for the other 11 months of the year, I try to stick to some “lifestyle principles” that work for me, or at least try to follow them about 95% of the time. Lucky for me, I don't feel restricted, but I also don't do well with a weekly cheat day or something, because it turns into cheat week, etc lol.

    As someone who used to work out on the treadmill for 2 hours a day 4 times a week, but eat what I thought was relatively healthy… I still looked the same as my friends who never worked out and it got annoying. Over the past few years, I've gathered some principles which changed how I approached my fitness and appearance and have led to better outcomes with less effort involved…

    -How you exercise makes a big difference. Most people don't have hours to spend at a gym, even if they wanted to. Plus, most hard core athletes and gym rats sustain injuries from overuse over time and it's just not necessary if your goals are to lose weight or look good lol. Cardio is great as a way to move around and mix up your routine, but since lean muscle tone is what “looks good” and also what burns crazy amounts of calories even when you're just sitting at a desk, I do more body resistance exercises. I wasn't losing weight or looking toned during my 10 hours of cardio a week, but I lost weight and toned up with only 3-4 hours a week of exercises like squats, lunges, planks, push ups, etc. I found a trainer who had actually done science research and he helped me learn how to make my workouts very efficient. For as much as I knew from working at a gym and reading Women's Health, etc, that was money well spent.
    -Exercise does not make up for what you eat. It has alot of benefits, but in terms of weight loss and muscle tone, your exercise routine should complement your diet, not make up for it.
    -You probably don't eat as healthy as you think. Keeping a food log, even just for a week, is eye opening.
    -Eating whatever you want as long as your daily food intake is within a certain calorie count is not very effective. Actually, the healthier you start to eat, the harder it is to REACH your daily calories because eating alot of produce and meat takes time to prepare, and is less calorie dense than other foods, so you have to eat more of it.
    -What is eating healthy? This is very personal. What has worked for me is to start with a foundation of green vegetables and meat/tofu/protein shakes/nuts. I noticed that when I eat even natural sugars like fruit, my gut becomes more stubborn and my appetite increases. However, I do add some rice because I get very moody after a few days of being carb-strict. I also make significant effort to have 8 glasses of water a day because over time, this is the easiest and most effective way to just generally feel and function better. Because I am a working student, time is limited, so I only keep a log of foods I eat that are outside of the greens and protein.

    Hope this helps.

  7. 26 February, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    Hiya, I had a baby in April (my first) and Iv been struggling too. How tall are you? Im 5″5 and 10st11-13lb and size 10-12. Im more into clothing size then scales as the number can change so much, like when your bloated or eaten lots of salt/fibre. Im on my fitness pal too but havent been around it much lately! I say if your body is getting smaller thats the main thing as scales can lie x

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