Losing weight and my mind all at the same time! I'm a SAHM, Wife and Girl Boss. Working hard to hit my goal weight of 160 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program. There's been a bunch of excuses and other such things blocking my way, but 2017 is going to be the year!
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Lower Body Makeover
Step One (the easy one)
Try this out, dark wash jeans with 2% spandex and a contoured waistband, the dark color of the jean is flattering to your lower half and the fitted waistband stops gapping at your midsection.Avoid jeans with a straight waistband and stay away from fading or intricate details across the lap area which draws attention to wide hips.
Wearing a trouser style jean that falls straight down from the hips disguising fullness from the thighs.Avoid any fading that goes down the thigh, which draws attention to full thighs.You’ll also want to steer clear of stretchy jeans such as jeggings which call attention to all those areas that you’re trying to hide.
Find some jeans with a rise that is higher in the back than the front.The extra fabric in the back will keep your rear view covered, if you pair that with plain style medium sized pockets this will balance out a fuller rear.Try to avoid styles that have smaller back pockets or no back pockets at all; this just accentuates your full rear view.Also skip the jeans that have fading across the sear.
Step Two (a little harder than one)
Working the hard way is what is going to help you obtain an amazing rear view!Bringing it back to basics is really the only way to go.Doing cardio, lunges and squats will get you there.You can focus your workout on your “problem area” by choosing a workout like hiking or walking uphill, using an elliptical or stair climbing machine with the resistance working, spinning class, or for fun try out a belly dancing or Zumba class.
Stand with your feet 2 ft apart, toes turned out.Bend knees, keeping your back straight and head high, now lower your body a few inches.Make sure your knees don’t go past your toes, and return to starting position.Variation of this would be pulses-starting position is the same, but lower your body as deeply as you can, without letting the knees go past your toes, pulse down about an inch 20 times, then hold the plie position for a count of 20 before returning to start.
Stand with feet together, now step forward with your right leg as far as you can without letting right knee pass your toes and try to lower thigh parallel to the floor.Hold your lunge for 10 counts, pulse down an inch for another 10 counts, and then hold your lunge for an additional 10 counts.Bring right foot back to meet left.Now repeat with opposite leg.
One Leg Squats-
Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on waist.Bend your knees and lower your butt and hips as if you’re about to sit in a chair.Keeping your back straight and right leg bent, left your left knee until thigh is parallel to the floor.Hold for 10 seconds, return to start.Do 5 reps, repeat with opposite leg, try working up to 20 reps.
Standing Leg Extensions-
With feet hip width apart, place your hand onto a chair for balance.Lift and tighten abs to keep your back stable.Flex left foot and lift your leg behind you 3 inches off the floor.Now hold for 10 seconds.Swing left leg in front of you, bending your knee and raising thigh to hip level.Keep your abs engaged.Return to start, doing 20 reps.Repeat on the opposite side.
It's been just about a month since Weight Watcher's Freestyle was introduced in the meeting room. Incase you were on the fence about heading back to the meeting room - do it, you may like the changes that have come to the program. The WW Freestyle is their new program that builds on the already very successful Smartpoints. Now there are MORE foods with a Smartpoints value of zero so there's less measuring and tracking. That's right folks Weight Watchers listened to their members and staff - people just hate all the measuring and tracking (not everyone, I know). They also listened to the fact that members we're using all of their daily points...drumroll...you can now roll over up to 4 Smartpoints per day! Which is awesome, especially if you're enjoying those zero point foods! Rolling over those Smartpoints allows for even more flexibility and freedom to live every moment. So of course the most common question asked is…
My biggest reflection from week nine is that I was over confident. This is a rabbit hole I fall into quite often while trying to lose weight. I have a really good week for weight loss like I did on week eight, then in a true self sabotaging action I get lax on my "food rules". This week it was some Peeps Oreos on Sunday and Monday, extra biscuit (or 2) with dinner on Sunday, a box of mini Charleston Chews on Tuesday and a whole pint of frozen yogurt on Wednesday. Thankfully my brain snapped back after that pint of froyo. I stood in my kitchen and actually said out loud "WHAT IS YOUR DEAL?" The Oreos and biscuits were foods that were brought into the house by someone else, but I chose to eat them and I chose to not track them. The other items I purposefully went out and purchased, I tracked them, but then tried to starve myself out to "make-up" for the points. We all know that is the worst thing you can do to your body. I know it's horrible, bu…
Learn how to manage your feelings without food.
When you eat in response to an emotion, that is emotional eating. It's learned, not innate, response. Think about it, have you ever felt the need for a big serving of pizza or your favorite comfort food? I know I have. I have so many triggers that send me right to food. The biggest trigger for me is when I have an educational meeting for my son. I have been attending these meetings for seven years and they never get easier.
I'm learning how to cope better when it comes to emotional eating. I started attending Overeaters Anonymous meetings and I am currently working my way through the Twelve Steps, but every day is a new challenge. Emotional eating can lead to ups and downs with your weight. Especially if you feel guilty afterward - which then leads to more eating! But when you learn to do something else in response to this emotion, you're more likely to lose weight and maintain the loss. Emotions are like waves. …