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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

@juliejulie by the numbers: Malibu Stacey's Workouts Actually Work

Okay, okay, I know I may have lured you here with high hopes of reading my hourglass figure measurements (Ha! As if!) but I'm still a married mommy of three, and not so into sharing everything, as I've mentioned before.

I do realize some of you have been wondering if all my running and working out with Malibu Stacey over the past few months has actually produced any real results.

"How much weight have you lost?" you ask, and "Where's the bikini shot?"

Yeah, well, no bikini shot yet. Trust me on this.

The thing is, I haven't lost that many pounds since April when I first started working out with Stacey and keeping track of all these numbers, but I've lost many, many inches, and people have been noticing that. Heck even I noticed it.

My clothes fit better, I like being stronger, and I like the idea that maybe this running and lifting weights thing will continue to melt me, even if it's just little by little, and surely this will help my bones and stuff as I get older and older every year.

So here are my numbers, dear readers, and I'm giving you the number of inches I've lost, because it's my blog and I get to do whatever I want.

Waist: I lost 4 inches off my waist. That's as much as a balance beam those tiny gymnasts flit around on while they're doing cartwheels and backflips. Someone could win a gold medal on the width of my excess waist fat. Ick.

Belly: I lost 2.5 inches off the widest part of my belly. That's as wide as a $1 bill. Or a $20. Or $100.

Hips: I lost 3 inches off my hips. That's the width of the top of the large sized Honey Nut Cheerios box. Yum. I love those things.

Bust: I lost 2 inches off my bust. That's like a Ritz cracker. Oh stop whining boys, I'm sure some of that was back fat. Yuck. See how clever I am? I got your mind out of the gutter. Right?

Thigh: I lost 1.5 inches off the widest part of my thigh. That seems like a lot for a thigh. I'm trying to figure out what's 1.5 inches wide so I can compare it. Do you have any ideas?

So, as you can see, I've made some real progress here, and the number on scale doesn't matter as much as it used to.

Stacey says: "Don't walk around with the scale on your forehead. No one knows how much you weigh, it's not written on your head, right? It doesn't matter how much you weigh if you're in good shape. Muscle weighs twice as much as fat and it's four times as small."

And then she makes me do wall sits, which I hate. And she won't let me cheat, which I also hate.

So even though I'm not quite as hot as Valerie Bertinelli in a bikini, slow going is better than no-going, I say. I'll give you some more numbers in a few months.

Because I know you care.


Heidi said...

Congratulations! I think that is an amazing change - I'd take 4" off my waist any day!

I feel sorry for Valerie Bertenelli. She looks great, of course, but people don't value her unless she looks like her 20 year old self. Ditto on Marie Osmond.

I actually think its impossible to try and be who we were 20 years ago. Our bodies change all the time, and to refuse to accept that is a donkey ride toward lifelong disappointment. That's a long way of saying, be the best version of yourself you can be, and forget about what you see on TV.

juliejulie said...

Amen, sister.

Baldwolf said...

1.5 inches off the widest part of your thigh is just one thigh, so you lost 3 inches off of your *thighs*. That's almost the width of a balance beam.

Thank you for sending a link to this, you should be proud. It's a lot of work and a lifestyle to do what you're doing.

I'm going on my second long bike in two weeks tomorrow. Which is to say I'm riding tomorrow, but it's been two weeks since I've ridden.

I want to do the self work that you're doing. I like hearing your progress. Enjoy the process as well as the goal!

whippersnappers said...

Rock on, sister friend! That is tremendous progress, and something to be very proud of!

While I didn't take my measurements before starting with Malibu, I should have - because I'm quite certain I've lost at least a $20 off somewhere....Maybe I'll have her break out the tape measure next week (crap - she's probably reading this, so it's no longer my decision, is it?!?)

I enthusiastically jump on the bandwagon with you for weight lifting with Stacey, and the cardio that she makes us do, and the beer she won't let us drink (but, bless her heart, she let's us have vodka.)

See you next week!

Anonymous said...

Julie, I'm so proud of you! What Julie dosen't let on to, because of the amazing creature that she is, is that she has done all this through REAL LIFE. Translation: lots of stress! Quite frankly, the exercise is what has kept her, and all of us, sane through these tough times. So because she won't say so, I'm so proud of her for doing this all the way through in good times and bad! And yes, soon there will be a bikini shot!
Love Malibu Stacey

Anonymous said...

I have never - never-never heard a recounting of inches lost that is as entertaining and cool as yours!!!! The trouble with you is that your smile is so dazzling that your amazing results are often lost in the sparkle - but the strength is undeniable! You look great and (alas) you may have to re-name your blog to Hot mama Running Club

Anonymous said...

WAY to GO, Aunt Julie!!!! YEAH! (I thought you looked pretty hot at the last family gathering.)

mamamezlove said...

Amazing results! Keep up the good work. Thank you for sharing all of this, it is definitely keeping me on my game.