Month 7 Progress

Posted: August 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Another week. Another Monday. Another chance to take on the world. And another stellar strength training workout to get going for the week. Same thing as taking on the world, right? Maybe not, but I still find it a motivating kick-off to my week.

Circuit One

Move Weight Reps
assisted pull-ups 45# assistance 10, 10, 10
stability ball roll-outs bodyweight 15, 15, 15
prone rear delt raise 8# dumbbells 10, 10, 10
side cable raise 10# 10, 12, 12

Circuit Two 

Move Weight Reps
squat machine 90 # 15, 15, 15
burpees bodyweight 10, 10, 10
alternating incline bench press 25 # per hand 10, 10, 10
flat dumbbell flyes 15 # per hand 12, 12, 12
one-arm tricep pushups bodyweight 8, 8, 8

Circuit Three

Move Weight Reps
one legged deadlift 20 # per hand 12, 12, 12
lat pulldown 70 # 10, 10, 10
resistance band bicep curls medium band 15, 15, 15

Since I only had strength training on plan for this morning and knew it would only take me around 35 minutes to complete, I opted out of having a small snack beforehand. I came home wanting to gnaw off my arm. This workout awoke the hunger beast, that’s for sure! In fact, it made me want something with more food than my typical oats. I whipped up an odd little combo including an over easy “dippy” egg…

dippy egg

…a grilled swiss cheese and jelly sandwich (if only I had brie!)…

grilled swiss and jelly

…and a sliced apple. Chomping through all that food left my belly quite content. :)

brunch plate

And I’m sure you’re thinking “Okay. Okay. That sounds good, but get on with the progress update already!” Don’t let my mind reading powers scare you. They bring results after all…because here you are – Month 7 Progress!

As always, last month on the left and this month on the right…

month 6 front month 7 frontmonth 6 side month 7 side

As I mentioned in last month’s progress update, I have basically reached my “happy place”. I no longer actively seek to lose more baby weight or make significant progress from month to month. My goals now focus on maintaining my healthy habits and allowing my body to change or progress how it will through half marathon training, regular weights workouts, and everyday active living.

I don’t see huge changes, but I feel perfectly comfortable with that considering I listened to my body – pushing through some tough workouts or taking it easy for a week because I needed the break. All that’s not to say changes didn’t still happen. I gave up the scale so I don’t have progress to report there, but measurements all dropped a smidge.

  Past Month Loss Overall Loss
Waist (Narrowest) - 0.25” - 4.0”
Waist (Belly Button) - 0.75” - 6.0”
Hips - 1.0” - 5.5”
Butt - 0.5” - 5.0”
Thighs - 0.5” each - 3.25” each

It just hit me that I have lost almost 24 inches off my body since February. That’s TWO FEET!!! Is that even possible? I think the photos (and tape measurer) say yes…

1weekfront month 7 front

Even when things don’t seem to happen or when you feel off your game, the body can still do its thing if you care for it overall. I cannot stress enough the importance of consistency in my journey. I give any and all credit for my progress 100% to the desire to honor and respect the body God blessed me with as much as possible on a daily basis. Not a Monday through Friday basis. Not a for six weeks and then move on basis. On a daily basis.

That doesn’t mean each day I strive for perfection…that’s ridiculous and would only end with me in a mental hospital. It means that each day I work to listen to my body and treat it well – with food to nourish, activity to energize, rest to replenish, and love to live well. It’s something every single one of us can do. Take it day by day…and always include love for that body. It deserves it!

  • What accomplishments have you seen with consistency in part of your life?
  • What is your favorite kind of cheese? Do you even have to ask? Goat! Although I do love me some Swiss on sandwiches.

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95 Comments to “Month 7 Progress”
  1. Wow!!! You look amazing :) Unbelievable!!

  2. Allie says:

    I’ve just started following your blog for the past month, and I really love the message that you send about caring for and honoring your body. So different than other perspectives that tell us to constantly restrict ourselves! I’m pretty inexperienced when it coms to working out, but I’d like to start. I don’t know where to start or where to look for workouts or how to progress. And I’m even unfamiliar with some workout jargon! Any advice for beginners? (I’ve recently started running).

  3. Oh my! You really are a poster child for what consistency can accomplish! Making another mental note of that, and hopefully I listen!!!

  4. I LOVE these posts. You look amazing!

    Happy 7 months to Baby B! Gah it goes by SOOOO fast.

  5. I think the only way to achieve anything, in any area, is with consistency! It’s sort of one of my favorite words… :)

  6. I continue to be blown away by your progress. Congrats – you look incredible and – more importantly – I know you feel good. :)

  7. Tina, I feel like I say this all the time but you are seriously SO inspiring. You’re so brave for sharing your progress, and I can’t believe how far you’ve come. You’re definitely someone I look up to because not only do you have a healthy lifestyle, but you have a healthy outlook on life. THANK YOU for being you love :)

  8. Karolina says:

    Congrats on a healthy journey! I love how you put it- honoring The body that God gave you- that’s so true!! You’re looking fantastic and healthy!

  9. kuuuuudos, sista frand!!!! lookin good! <3

  10. Dorry says:

    As always, so inspirational and honest! Love it. You’ve shown how it really is 100% possible to keep on track with some healthy goals. Proud of you, beautiful Tina!

  11. Congratulations!! You look amazing!

  12. Khushboo says:

    WOW Girl , you did great! You’re looking so healthy and TONED!

  13. Ela says:

    Congratulations and wow! You have been so brave to post all those pics so faithfully and honestly–and now, what a vindication, to be able to see those results!
    Congrats again–what an inspiration you are.
    I’m also so glad to hear that you’re aiming for maintenance now: more evidence of healthy attitude.
    love
    Ela

  14. Efka says:

    You have done great job.
    Super!

  15. You’re so stinkin’ awesome! Congrats on the payoff of all your HARD WORK!!!!

  16. You’re looking absolutely incredible! That’s a wonderful idea to take pictures every month so you can actually SEE the progress.

  17. This is SO motivating for post-baby mom’s! DEfinitely looking amazing tina!

  18. Your transformation is amazing Tina. I know I always say it, but you truly did an amazing job at getting back to your happy place after your second child!

    When I’m pregnant I will come back to these posts for inspirations!

  19. You are incredible, Tina! I totally forgot what you looked like back in February, and seeing this transformation is truly inspiring…especially knowing that it was done in such a healthy way. You are AWESOME!
    Whenever I get preggers, I’m totally coming to you post-baby for some motivation :)
    P.S. – Less than 2 weeks!!!!!

  20. This is such an inspirational post! Your consistency over the past 7 months is AMAZING. and so are your results! You look great! You should be so proud of yourself!

  21. Vicki says:

    You look GREAT, way to go!! And that breakfast looks yummy!! :)

  22. To say that you look incredible would be the understatement of the year. I am so impressed it’s not even funny.

  23. Megan says:

    Wow- you look amazing!! I am so impressed with your hard work, commitment, and determination. It sure paid off and you are such an inspiration!

  24. Tiff says:

    I’m so inspired by your journey. I can hardly stick to something 7 days, much less 7 months! You’ve done wonderful, and I’ve glad you reached your goal. You look great!

  25. My goodness, you look AMAZING!!!!!! Great job!!!

  26. Look at you Hot Mama! Way to go lady :) I love your commitment- I’m sure it’s not easy with two kiddos!

  27. You look beautiful!!!

    You are truly inspiring with your blog and it’s seriously one of the best :)

  28. Wow! What a transformation. You look GREAT! Kudos and keep up the good work!

  29. You are SUCH an inspiration. 6 months to happy place postpartum? AMAZING.

  30. I’m so behind on your blog – eek! Am loving catching up and getting inspired – you. look. amazing. So healthy, fit and fabulous- thank you for always being such an inspiration!! I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

  31. [...] in efforts to maintain consistency (have you read Tina’s post about how consistency helped her reach her body after baby goals? Amazing post!) to reach my goals, I am consciously trying to reduce stress and when I can’t, [...]

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