My (Very) Gradual Weight Loss Progress

It’s again time for the weight loss comparison pictures. I should really start calling them fat loss pictures, because my scales haven’t budged – I still weigh about the same as I weighed two months ago. You can check my first set of comparison pictures here.

4th May on the left, 7th June on the right

I think my belly has shrunk a bit and it’s a tad easier to fit into my size 38 (size 8 in US, 10 in UK) goal jeans – never mind the hanging belly!

4th May on the left, 7th June on the right

I think it’s actually a miracle there’s been any progress. After I came back from visiting my relatives, and after I had a bout with migraine, my eating has been off.

I’ve also noticed a recurring pattern: on Thursday nights I start feeling stressed out and tired, and on Fridays I have to push myself to get anything done. On Friday night I often get some candy to take off the edge of stress and to pass the time.

If this is pure stress eating, I need to figure out ways to decrease my stress levels.. Stuffing myself with candy is a poor way to relive stress anyway. Eating candy is never as satisfying as I imagine beforehand and I often wonder why I bother with it. But that wondering always comes afterwards.

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A word about my workouts.

This second phase with Female Body Breakthrough has been hard for me. The muscles in my upper back have started tensing up again. There are too many moves that put a heavy load on the muscles of my upper body. I probably going to ditch the prone jack-knife from workout B and the chin up from workout A.

Anyone know of substitutions that train the same muscles?

Comments

  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! You’re featured in my current post. Just letting you know.

    You do look slimmer, so something you are doing differently is working.

    If you went to a gym, I would suggest reverse grip lat pulldowns. What that exercise is: pulling down weight with the exact type of grip as used in a chin up, except you are sitting down. Do not feel bad that you can’t do a chin up. Right now, I currently can’t do them either. Most women have never done a chin up. I’m surprised the book even does assisted chin ups.

    Just keep trying things and always try to make progress. That’s really all we do.

    🙂 Marion

  2. Aimee says:

    I’m about ready to throw my scale out a window Satu. You can definitely see the progress in those photos. My weight loss progress is creeping along at a snail’s pace as well, but I know in the long run slow and steady wins the race.

    That’s interesting about your stress cycle. Is there something particularly stressful that occurs on Fridays or over the weekend? I think it is helpful that you identified the pattern so maybe this week you can make a different choice instead of the candy. I tend to have high hopes for certain “forbidden” foods and they never live up to my expectations. Good luck this week!

  3. Satu, I can really see the difference in the pictures. Great work!

    And stress-eating can be so hard. I’ve been trying to work out if that’s what I do, or if I boredom eat. I mostly do it on weekends. (I probably stress-drink I think!)

    Deb

  4. Lori says:

    I see a definite difference! You are looking great! Don’t give up the exercises. Yes, they are tough, but they need to be in order to progress. Chins are a very difficult exercise, but even if you can’t actually master them yet (note that I am saying yet), you gain a lot by the effort of working on them. That’s where the progress comes from.

    And are you stretching and foam rolling? That makes a big difference in soreness and stiffness.

  5. Biz says:

    I can definitely see the difference Satu! You should be proud of yourself! Have a great weekend!

  6. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Just a friendly reminder–write your blog post. 😀

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      I’m working on it! Although I thought I might first comment on your expertise post that I loved but didn’t yet comment… 😀

      I picked a topic that is not easy and straightforward to write about, so it might take a while…

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