I can fit into a size 14!!! But the question is, can I move?
Since I’ve been focusing on strengthening and not slimming down my body over this past month, I found myself stuck between a size 14 and 16. Ultimately my dream goal is to fit comfortably into a size 14, but I’m also happy being a strong and healthy size 16. I was a size 12 before after I lost 100 lbs. the first time, and I looked emaciated for my 5’9″ large frame (but I also took short cuts to lose the weight). My body structure is not meant to be a size 12 or below, without losing my kickin’ curves, and I’ve learned to accept that. But I am feeling very frustrated being stuck between 2 sizes; one is slightly too big and the other is oh so tight.
My weight has stayed steadily at the increased 240lbs. and I still struggle with the negative notion of the numbers not decreasing even though I have been obviously eating more with my increased appetite from more intense physical activity. Fortunately I feel great, look great, and I can tell my body is getting stronger with more muscle definition. My legs are still as strong as ever, prepared to kill anyone who dares mess with me! I love working my legs and glutes since they are the strongest part of my body, even though I know I should focus on my weak areas (like my core and arms). But I’ve been sucking it up and doing Yoga and Pilates at Urge Fitness and truly feeling a difference in my core strength.
How do I get myself comfortably into that size 14? Well, it’s pretty simple, I need to make a change in my diet. With my increased exercise activity, my hunger is more rampant. I’ve been eating whatever I want (but still logging calories) and maintaining my weight, which is my end goal, not my mid-goal. But It’s good to know that once I hit my end weight goal (40 pounds to go, eek!), I have learned how to maintain. I never knew how to properly maintain once my weight goal was reached, I always went back to my poor habits. That is what I can take away from this plateau, but now it’s time to kick myself into full on road to wellness mode. I am still keeping track of calories and activity on MyFitnessPal and have really noticed my poor choice in high calorie foods. I think once I change the way I think about how I eat, again, I will start to see the results I desire. With an increased appetite, I must choose my foods wisely. If I feel the need to eat more quantity wise, I need to choose low calorie foods and more fruits/veggies. Hopefully then I will see a change on the scale.
Man what a pain! This battle of the bulge is exhausting, ongoing, but it will be worth it to lead a long healthy life where I can bug my loved ones until the end of time.