NO weight lost this month, but for some reason, the inches are melting away. Here is a photo from this morning in a new pair of size 8 jeans! (OK - confession - they are a little too tight to wear to work, so I am wearing a pair of 10's for the day instead - but really, being able to zip and button a pair of size 8's and still sit and breathe is a MAJOR victory!
Food: I can see that I am much more tempted by, and likely to succumb to the temptation of, yummy carby foods. (HELLO home-popped buttered popcorn!) Fortunately, this seems to be more occasional than regular, and is kept in check by the reduced capacity of my stomach. I still have a ton of restriction and if I eat protein first I find that I can't go too far astray. I have gotten into a good routine with my supplements and rarely miss a dose of anything, though if I am out and about around dinner time, this can get a bit dicey. I still have 1-2 protein drinks a day, usually mixed with a couple of ounces of almond milk and hot coffee.
Exercise: I got back to the track a couple of weeks ago after a VERY long absence - this entire school year really - and was pleased to find that I am actually faster and a bit fitter than I was in September. I am definitely no speed demon, but in September it was taking me about 65 minutes to walk a 5K and it now is about 40 minutes - and most days I do a modified speed walk / jog for part of my routine. Also, I used to be pretty tired and somewhat sore when I finished and now a 5K is just no big deal, even though I maintain a much brisker pace throughout. I am doing the 5K about 2-3 times a week now, trying to kick my metabolism up a notch or two.
If a job that I have been negotiating comes through for the summer, I will invest in some more personal training sessions and try to get back into a weight training routine. As it is now, I am just doing the odd set of bicep curls, chest presses and shoulder presses, with 10 -12 pound dumbells, when I think of it and feel motivated. I do think, now that most of the fat is gone, that when I do get back to training in earnest, I will really be able to see the results - improved tone and visible muscle definition. (Last year, I could feel that I was getting stronger, but still had a pretty good layer of fat obscuring any visual signs of progress.) Stay tuned for an update on how it goes!