How tall are you?
- I am 5'5"
Do you still drink Shakeology?
- I do not drink Shakeology regularly, but my husband does. He uses it post workout and likes it very well. His eating is horrible lately....lots of junk! Personally, I didn't think it helped me very much past the first month. I think it's great if you are not getting enough nutrients in your diet. I think it works well for people who have a lot to lose and are just starting out. It's also great if you drink it on the go for breakfast. It's quick and easy. I lost a few pounds while drinking it, but I don't think those few pounds are worth the cost of a month's supply. For some people, it is worth every penny. The chocolate tastes great and it definitely helps if you have a sweet tooth. But if you are already in the habit of eating clean and working out and are seeing results, I don't think you will see a huge change with it.
What are you doing besides Zumba?
- Nothing! I do two hours of Zumba twice week and that is it at this point. Beginning next week, things are changing. I am very curious to see how my body adapts to things. On Tuesdays, I will be assisting with 45 minutes of tap, 45 minutes of hip hop, and actually teaching my own Zumba® class after that. Then I will be co-teaching two hours of Zumba® class on Thursdays. Occasionally I will fill in on Monday nights for two hours as needed. It just so happens that next week is one of those weeks! I will co-teach for two hours on Monday, then I start at the studio on Tuesday, and co-teach another two hours on Thursday. It's going to be crazy, y'all! But I am more than ready mentally and physically for a new challenge. This also doesn't figure in the amount of time I will spend practicing and learning new choreo through the week. I normally attempt that after Caleb has gone to bed in the evenings.
What do you think about macros, or IIFYM?
- I am really fascinated with macros. I've studied IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) a bit and I like the approach. I don't think I'm strict enough with myself to do it for very long. It kinda reminds me of the feeling I got when I tried Weight Watches years ago. I was constantly consumed and obsessed with the numbers/points. I spent all day thinking, "Well if I do this, I can eat that....Blah, blah, blah." After about two weeks I was completely and utterly over it! I like having flexibility and not stressing every moment of every day about what I am or am not eating. I really do like the idea behind IIFYM and I would possibly use it, but not for a long period of time. Pinterest is a great resource for IIFYM and is definitely worth checking out if you're disciplined enough.
Wendy -- I am curious as to when you are going to be in your maintenance phase. You look really good and sometimes people stay in the lose phase longer than they need to. Fabulous results you real you.
- I think you're trying to tell me it's about time? I totally agree! I'm really close.... I plan to lose 100 pounds. Right now with the summer being so busy and my stepchildren being here and I'm totally not on schedule with anything, I range anywhere from 10-20 pounds away from that goal. I want to reach a weight of 132.5. My lowest weight this summer has been 141.2. Right now? Not so much... I am on a short break until after the kids return to their other home this weekend.
- I realize that I do carry my weight very well. When I mention to people in real life that I'm trying to lose 100 pounds total, there is always shock on their faces. I look smaller than I am because this past year has been all about toning! For my height, 132.5 puts me in a very healthy range and is no where near extreme. 100 pounds just seems like such a big number ('cause it totally is)! I have no idea what size I will be when I get there. I've already surpassed my estimated size and I'm not finished yet.
- My husband and I have both discussed my goal and agree that it absolutely stops then. I have consulted with my doctor as well and have his approval of my goal one hundred percent. We have discussed at length my approach and have decided it is a very healthy, smart way to go about it.
- I have experienced a lot of resistance with family and friends at times. They have never known me to be this small, so everything seems extreme to them. They've only ever known me as a bigger girl. It's a big adjustment for them too. I sometimes forget that.
What else makes you curious? I'm an open book!