My pants donâ€™t fit.
Okay, they still fit but not quite like they used to.Â Why would that be?Â I bust my butt training several times per week!
I do work hard in the gym and I do spend a lot of time educating myself on nutrition.Â Butâ€¦I donâ€™t always put that knowledge to work for myself.Â I consciously decided to give myself a break after my RKC Kettlebells Level II Certification in July, 2011.Â I have been training hard and watching what I eat for almost five years.Â During which time I also had a baby.Â Mentally, I knew I just needed a break.Â Since July, I have gone on two vacations and also started a full-time job which involved sitting at a desk most of the day.Â I also unleashed myself when it came to nutrition.Â I enjoyed all my favorite foods on vacation and at home.Â I made cupcakes for my boysâ€™ birthdays, I went to parties and reunions and ate like it was my last meal.Â I made the decision to relax my normally regimented and disciplined behavior and it felt pretty good.Â During this time, I continued training hard.Â Even though I gained weight (most likely body fat), I got stronger. I have made many milestones in the last few months of indulgences.Â I can snatch the 20kg kettlebell for 100 reps in seven minutes, I can clean & jerk 2 x 24 kg kettlebells for multiple reps, and I can press the 20kg kettlebell for multiple reps.Â Iâ€™m not sure this has anything to do with my added body weight but regardless, I got stronger and better.Â In my opinion, I think my relaxation made have had something to do with it.Â I tend to stress about things, and making the decision not to stress made a big difference in how many training sessions have been going.
Â So, where am I now?
I am 5â€™7â€ and 135lbs which is about 8-10lbs heavier than my normal weight of 125-7ish.Â I havenâ€™t had my body fat tested since last December (in the Bod-Pod) at which time it was a little under 12%.Â Without a doubt, it is higher now.Â I am actually pretty happy with my body at the moment.Â The extra weight feels good on me and my husband seems to like it too (haha).
What am I going to do now?
I am going to lose the extra weight.Â Even though I am feeling good and looking good (thanks Gary), I have a closet full of clothes that are tailored to fit a woman who weighs less than I currently do and I have no desire to re-stock my closet with new clothes.Â So unforuntaly, the weight must go and my Summer of relaxation has to end.Â Itâ€™s time to get back on track and get my butt in my pants again.
Stay tuned for my plan!
Author: Danyelle Berger MBA, RKCII, CSCS
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Take a walk through tour of the Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness with owner Gary Berger. Video was filmed on a Friday evening in September 2011 around 7PM. Tour includes audio.
Gary Berger, owner of Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness in Catonsville presents a walk through tour of his facility.