In January, I decided to make some nutrition changes to lean up my frame. I signed up for 12 Weeks of FirstLine Therapy Nutrition at Accelerated Fitness Solutions in Cromwell. To be clear, this is not a diet. This is a way to eat in a healthy, balanced manner. My existing nutrition plan was fairly healthy, but my body was accustomed to what I was doing. I needed to change "something" in order to make my body change again. I opted to work with Accelerated Fitness Solutions because I trust their guidance in matters of health and fitness. Caryn Acevedo helped me expand my food repertoire and learn to be more flexible in my eating patterns. She also provided education on how foods impact the body. Beyond the structure and recipes of a healthy eating plan, she taught the underlying thought processes.
(For anyone who missed the details of my saga from a size 20W trouser to a 2 misses, please take a look at my December blog, "Do These Nachos Make My Hiney Look Fat?".)
I completed my 12 weeks on April 5th. I met with Caryn on April 6th for my final BIA (a method of measuring body fat in relation to lean body mass) and guidance for how to shift into a maintenance phase when ready.
Here's what changed in 12 weeks:
I dropped 11 pounds of fat. Muscle mass not affected.
My body fat percentage dropped 5% to 25.7%.
I learned how to deal with food a little better. Ok, a lot better.
My clothes fit differently. My body is visibly leaner in appearance.
Most importantly, working with Caryn Acevedo at Accelerated Fitness provided insight and education into how the body uses food. She reinforced the idea that it is not about what you weigh, it is about how you look, feel and perform. A scale does not measure muscle or fat, but your jeans tell you the truth every time. I replaced all my extra small workout capris with a slim cut, tight leg version in extra small because the others were falling down.
When in my life did I ever think I would have that problem?
Emily Woodward of Images by Emily popped back into the training studio one morning while I was working with my trainer of almost 2 years, Kevin Carlson. Kevin is the managing partner of the Cromwell facility. He's the person I most trust to guide me along this journey and the one who works to keep me injury free along the way.
I go where Kevin points. It's that simple. He gets results.
(The media image section contains photos taken during a workout session, explanations of the work and commentary. If you'd like to read this as a chronological narrative, skip on over to my blog The Bottom Line to see the photos imbedded in a straight read. They are separated in this writing because of format requirements.)
This blog is an insight into my progress and a glimpse into some of the
exercises in one my latest workout programs. As I move forward in the
programs, the weights increase. The programs change after so many weeks. It keeps me challenged and interested, never bored. I also get results.
In the long run, it's not about a number, it's about how I feel. I'm strong, confident, happy and secure in the knowledge that I have both the tools and the support systems for continued success.
My new goal is to drop my body fat to 21 or 22%. I will play it by ear,
to see how I look and feel as I approach those numbers. It's about both
the definition I want to see and the level of conditioning I experience.
In the meantime, I have a planned deviation on April 12th to which I am
looking forward. Emily Woodward, my favorite shutterbug, is also the
owner and head baker at Get Baked in Windsor. I have waited all this time to taste exactly one Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownie. You might remember I talked about this in my blog, "I Want It Now".
I promise to report back. It may just be a photo blog of me with big smiles and chocolate smears on my face. Stay tuned.