The Fold – #iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge Week Five

The photos you’re about to see (or may already have noticed), are all wrong.

If I’d thought this through, I would’ve worn makeup and jewelry in the after picture. I would’ve had the after picture taken outside, away from fluorescent light and white walls.

Oh well, right?

Here are my before and after pictures:

(For the sake of transparency, my before picture is from October, but I weighed exactly the same when this challenge started in January.)

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My Results – Weight

I lost a few ounces this week.

I weight 308.8 last week, and I think it was 308.0 this week.

I’m okay here. I was really worried about a rebound gain now that I’m over my flu and eating somewhat normally.

And on that note, the first half of the week, I tried eating the same way as when I’d had the flu – a scant 1200 calories a day. I thought maybe I could lose 7 pounds this week, too.

{I’m glad I can laugh at myself in retrospect. I do it a lot.}

I did it, no problem.

I was so thrilled with myself, sticking to 1200 calories a day, that I weighed myself on Wednesday. I was ready to pat myself on the back.

I’d gained two pounds.

TWO POUNDS.

I think my healthy self was in starvation mode, screaming Feed me a little more, will ya?!

So I started eating the 1660 calories that My Fitness Pal suggests, and my weight went back down by my official weigh-in yesterday.

More Results

Enough about numbers; I’ve experienced some larger changes this past week.

I’ve always had a flat butt. Is that because I’m so big? I don’t know since I’ve never looked any other way.

{Both of my children have pleasingly round bottoms, by the way, so I don’t think my flat butt is genetic. Or maybe it is and they missed it, like they missed my naturally thick, curly hair.}

But anyway, here I am with a wide, flat butt.

And now, there is less of it.

How do I know?

I was in the shower, washing, and I noticed a fold of skin between my butt cheek and my upper thigh.

It’s like a flap.

Extra skin.

I had imagined that my skin would shrink with me as I shrunk. That’s what happened with the first 50 pounds.

I’m not sure how I feel about this new development, even if it does mean I’m shrinking considerably.

On an unrelated note, I had quite an impressive lingerie wardrobe in my younger days.

This week, I pulled some bras out that I was sure wouldn’t even come close to fitting, but most of my everyday bras are old and tired and more or less like not wearing a bra at all and I was out of clean bras anyway and my washing machine  (yes, this one) is broken.

So I knew these bras wouldn’t fit, but I pulled them out and tried one on anyway.

You know what I’m about to say.

It fit.

Right at this very moment, I’m wearing a blue leopard-spotted bra that I haven’t worn since I was a young single girl.

You’re welcome for that mental image.

I’m also wearing some blue jeans that were too small a month ago. Like not quite able to zip up too small. I wouldn’t say they’re as comfortable as sweat pants (they’re not that roomy), but I can zip them up and both breathe and eat with them on.

It’s progress.

My Goal for This Week

Since the flu, I’ve found it really hard to exercise. I get tired a lot more quickly, and I have to stop. My goal for this week is the same as my goal for last week, to get through it – to do my five workouts, to eat well, and to drink enough water.

#iHeartOmron Twitter Party

You can celebrate the weight loss success of all the #iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge participants and share tips for working out smarter at a Twitter party on February 20 from 8-10pm eastern. Prizes will be awarded (nice ones, like the products I received for the challenge!), but you have to RSVP first. Details and RSVP form are at Mamavation.

The Twitter party is the official end of the #iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge, and the biggest losers will be announced then. I’m working hard for the next two weeks in hopes of scoring one of the top three prizes. Join us for the party to find out if I make the mark!

This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families.  I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions. 

© 2013, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.

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Comments

  1. Tishia C says

    TMI, but I get the feeling you won’t mind.

    When I started out losing weight, I got those skin folds. I was becoming discouraged. I started to think I would rather be filled out and have fat rolls than have those flabby skin folds. I had butt cheek folds hanging down to my thighs, belly fold hanging down and covering my crotch, back folds that looked like I had back boobs. I was losing weight, but my skin seems to hang on me. After a year, when my body realized I was going to stay smaller, my skin started to firm up. I still have folds, but now my belly flap sticks down over the top of my underwear elastic band, my butt folds only hangs down to the creases and the best part, my butt’s starting to round out. The flatness had come from the extra weight and skin. My back folds, on the other hand… still waiting patiently for them to go away. Be encouraged by the weight loss, the skin tightening will come later.

  2. says

    What determination! Thank you for sharing and being vulnerable and honest. I have never truly struggled with weight, yes….a bit here and there, but nothing more than 10 pounds, except pregnancy weight to lose. I am amazed and thrilled when moms take power in their hands and push forward to conquer BIG things. I pray you will be encouraged even in the midst of seemingly little movement. All the little parts add up – I am pulling and praying for you!!

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