Friday, October 23, 2009

Toning...or the lack thereof!

As expected I am having a hard time figuring out maintenance. For the most part I am still eating the same foods I did during the loss phase, but I've definitely been doing a bit of snacking on bad stuff from time to time. One thing's for sure...I need to start toning ASAP.

Even though I'm at the weight I want to be, I am still lumpy in places I don't want to be lumpy! My arms and stomach have a loose skin issue (who'd have thought that would be a problem as slow as I took things?? Whatever!) and it is bugging me a bit. The legs aren't doing bad (for me at least...I've never had particularly skinny legs even when I was barely over 100 pounds!) but my butt is flat and droopy. Ugh. The one time in history when big butts are 'in' and mine isn't cooperating!! :)

Well anyway, I'm pretty much holding steady between 122 and 124. So far, so good!


  1. Congrats on holding steady! I always thought maintaining would be the really hard part.

    Do you have a Fanny Lifter or a Cathe step? Even though I have a lot of fat, my legs and rear are really firming up. And my arms, are, too--but still have that flap that when I quit waving, it keeps on waving.

    I've heard dead lifts are a great way to do butt work. I have no idea what a dead lift is, though. lol

  2. My Pilates Sculpt DVD by Breakthru Fitness has been good for me for toning. My legs, butt, belly, and arms are all much better than before -- I only do some of it, but the half hour workout I do is short enough to do every day if I could just get up and do it instead of lounging in bed longer.

    One of the butt exercises is this: Lie on your back with knees bent, feet in line with hips and shoulders. Inhale, and when you exhale, lift your butt up, keeping your ribs going towards your hips and your abs firm, arms at your sides. Lift your butt in little lifts from that position -- sets of sixteen, setting it down on the floor carefully between sets.