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Have you heard the admonition to “eat to 80% full” and wait until the signal reaches the brain to feel full?

Hara Hachi Bu No doubt you’ll find that little weight loss tidbit sprinkled throughout various fitness magazine articles with such headlines as “Top Ten Tips for Staying Slim”, or “Five Ways to Eat Less”.  (Side note: We want to be FIT, not slim. We want to eat MORE, not less. I digress.) That advice, however, is simply missing the bigger picture altogether. Frankly, it just doesn’t make sense.

Why would our bodies be designed so that when we actually felt full, we were really full 20% ago? So we over eat most of the time by 20%? Seems odd. Why not just feel full when we are full? That makes much more sense.

In fact, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. That is . . . if one very simple but very…

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Of Safely Regaining Weight, Cycling Adventures and Bike Spills

Last time we saw our heroine, she was still glowing from the aftermath of her figure competition, and had promised to upload pictures.   

So where are the pictures, you ask?  In my”About” page that’s where!  At least my favorite pic of the batch is.  There may be more to come, or I may even do a “before” and “after” thingy.  Stay tuned.

I feel accomplished.

What happens next, then?  For one thing, I need to regain the weight that I shed.  Yes, boys and girls, since I am done for the year, I must put back the 13 lbs that I lost in order to compete so I can rebuild bigger and better muscle for next time.

Because, oh yes, there will be a next time.

So does that mean that I can finally go and stuff myself with Dunkin’ donuts and loads and loads of french fries? 

Not so fast.  The whole point is to regain the weight slowly.  If it took me 12 weeks to shed 13 pounds, it should take me 12 weeks to regain them, basically by eating clean.  The only difference is that now I can get the ocassional cheat meal.  Hooray!

So far, I have kept it up right on schedule.  The plan is to gradually reduce the cardio while keeping the lifting and to gradually increase calories.  As I have found out, it works like a charm.

This is us, right after the ride. At least, what was left of us.

At any rate, this past Sunday I joined my husband and a couple of friends on a biking ride.  (Yay biking!)  The ride was the Backroads Century Ride, a yearly event and one very hilly affair.  (Featuring lots of cows, sheep, llamas and kamikaze squirrels galore!)

I decided to do only 30 miles, since the training for a longer bike ride would have clashed with my figure show prep.  I hadn’t been on the saddle for the 12 weeks of show preparation, and had only done a couple of spinning classes since, so I was a little bit worried about my endurance.

I shouldn’t have worried, I was able to sustain the ride and, other than having to push my bike for a couple of nasty hills, I did reasonably well.

It is also a tradition that at every ride I either: a) take a wrong turn; b) fall off my bike; or c) all of the above.

I was feeling cocky. I didn’t fall off the bike! (Alas, I had spoken too soon…)

This ride was no different.  Almost at the end of our trek, I took a wrong turn and ended up going the wrong way while my husband yelled frantically after me “To the left!  Not that left, the other left!”

Once I got back on track, we were at the finishing line in no time.  And lo and behold!  I didn’t even fall of my bike!  I was so happy that I did a Snoopy dance.

Alas, I spoke too soon.  While riding back to the parking lot, I made a sharp turn and crashed on the gravel path injuring my ankle, hip and elbow.

No fun at all.

Me, with my feet up nursing my ankle. My cat is on my lap.

Luckily, it seems that other than a sore ankle (still stiff today), and a couple of lumps on the aforementioned hip and elbow, nothing is broken or seriously damaged.

I will live.

And after that, I will bike some more.

But in the meantime, I lift.

Or at least I will lift tomorrow, when my ankle feels better.

Oh, yes I will lift…


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Sparkly Posing Suits!

Looky there!  I am moving all of my fitness blogging to this new place.  I am excited!

And hey!  I even got a nifty picture for my blog’s header, and it’s one of my shots from Brazil!  Who said that photographing food when you travel is not a good idea?  Take note boys and girls!

Anywhoo, as some of my friends know I am working on my first figure competition.  By the time the show happens, I will have been dedicated to this endeavor for almost a year and a half, with the last 12 weeks coming down to the wire.

Because I am less than three weeks from competition, I will be posting mainly about the last stages of my preparation.  Why?  Because:

a) I can always post about contest prep later on;

b) This is the stage I am in;

c)  There are a lot of details in these last stages to take care of and a girl has just so much time; and

d) Because I want to.

So there.

At any rate, the first piece of news is that I just heard back from Nina, the fine lady who is taking care of my posing suit, and the suit is ready. 

My posing suit is black, it’s sparkly and it has rhinestones.   I am totally sure that it will be awesome and I am already doing a Snoopy dance in anticipation.  After all the sacrifice and work and dieting that I’ve gone through, I can’t wait to try it on.

Sparkly bikinis.  One of the nifty things about figure shows.

And now, to practice in those blasted 5 inch heels…

Stay tuned…