Month 5 Progress

Posted: June 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time of the month. I mean progress check time of the month. Yes, four weeks have already passed since my last check-in on this part of my life. Hard to believe, huh?

Last month I learned from some tough moments that continuing to make regular healthy decisions without going overboard will reap me the most progress. I put that lesson into action this month and despite a trip to Fitbloggin, BBQs, and getting closer and closer to my happy weight, I still saw progress this month.

This Month’s Progress Overall Progress
Weight - 2.4 lbs - 16.0 lbs
Stomach (Smallest) - 0.25” - 3.5”
Stomach (Belly Button) - 0.5” - 5.0”
Hips - 0.25” - 4.0”
Butt - 0.75” - 4.0”
Thighs - 0.25” - 2.25”

Front Progress Shots: Month 4 on Left – Month 5 on Right

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Side Progress Shots: Month 4 on Left – Month 5 on Right

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{Begin Side Note} I always feel SO weird posting pictures like this. It has nothing to do with fearing what I look like or people seeing them. You all know I don’t mind putting myself out there openly. I guess I don’t want to come across as “Look at me! Look at me!”. Yes. That’s what it is that feels so weird! {End Side Note}

I didn’t do anything dramatically different this past month. I simply kept myself focused and determined on caring for my health. It did take some extra drive at times, like when my emotional side tried to lure me into binge eating, but I remembered my dedication to caring for my health while still enjoying life. I stayed on top of regular workouts and choosing nutritious foods to fuel my body. That’s pretty much the gist of it.

However, I will say that it does take effort, planning (in a non-anal way), and compromise to make progress in the physical goals I have for myself. While I certainly do not take a drastic approach, I do have to accommodate certain habits in my life to continue the momentum of my progress.

  • Occasional counting of calories and measuring of portion sizes. I do not meticulously track my food on a daily basis. Nevertheless, I remain mindful of how much I eat. I do this by loosely shooting for a certain amount of calories in each meal/snack and consuming proper portion sizes in balanced meals.
  • Deciding the best way to satisfy cravings. Sometimes I have strong cravings for some chocolate or ice-cream that I do not honor by feeding myself chocolate or ice-cream. Part of feeding myself well for my progress does involve some limitations. I could happily eat a huge bowl of ice-cream every day. But I don’t. I choose to honor my cravings in a way that suits my progress – with a small portion on occasion, an alternate choice (yogurt or a smoothie instead for example), or distractions in the case of a non-hunger-induced craving. I do try to minimize “treats” to a few occasions weekly, so I don’t feel deprived at all but stay on track. I do, in fact, sometimes have to say “no”.
  • Setting and committing to workouts. They are a commitment. I make them happen, unless a true physical/mental need for rest. Other than that, no excuses.

Yet again, I plan to persevere in this upcoming month with my commitment to “Body After Baby”. Does that mean I don’t feel satisfied with my body currently? Heck, no! Does that mean I believe I need to tighten up more or lose more weight? Absolutely not! But – does that mean I plan to stop working hard? Also, no. I still plan to live healthy, challenge myself, and see where my body takes me. That’s what this progress is all about. Staying committed to my healthy lifestyle, testing myself physically, and trusting my body to end up right where it wants. Right where it belongs.

  • What is one way you challenged yourself physically this past month?

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123 Comments to “Month 5 Progress”
  1. Can I just say, WOW! You look amazing – in both month 4 and month 5?! You certainly give a pregnant girl some hope + perspective on getting back to pre-pregnancy size after giving birth. Really, you look awesome and are so inspiring!

  2. I. G. says:

    You look great! May I ask you if you have an idea about your body fat percentage? Between 19 and 20% I`d guess? I think this looks perfect, healthy and fit. You might wish to go lower if you have ambitions to compete again but I think you definitely look best right now!

    • Tina says:

      I’m not sure on the % but I don’t think its that low. I was at 15% when I competed and I know I’m at least 10-15 lbs more than then. Thanks for the compliment though. I don’t expect to lose much more but probably just see some composition changes. 🙂

  3. Katie H says:

    Tina, you look amazing! Your legs are so lean and your stomach looks awesome! You are quite the inspiration.

  4. Brittany says:

    You look absolutely amazing! How are you doing this? lol. I’m trying to lose some poundage, but its just not coming off. I excersise 6 days a week, an hour each time, and eat around 1300 calories a day. I eat healthy all the time- haven’t had chocolate, pizza, ‘indulgences’ for over a year. Everything I eat is full of nutrition and goodness. It’s not budging….anybody have any idea’s why?

    But congrats on the weight loss!

    Have a great day!

    • Tina says:

      Hey Brittany! I can’t say for sure what’s happening with you, but I know from personal experience that when I ate too little my body held onto weight fiercely. I had to eat more to actually lose in the past. Or perhaps you’re at a great place where you don’t need to lose more?

      • Brittany says:

        Thanks for responding!!
        Hmmm- maybe I am eating too little. I’m just so accustomed to eating small meals that it’s hard for me to eat more than I already try to…

        I’m 5 ft 6 in, and I weigh 148. I would LOVE to be in the 130’s. but my body denies it. haha.

  5. These pictures are amazing and you are so inspiring!!! I just found your body after baby pages and I’m stunned!! 🙂

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