Yes - this just started within the last 4-6 months. Most of the inches gain has been across my abdomen. A tiny bit in the upper thighs. Weight gain of approx 8 lbs after staying pretty steady the last 2 years. I lost 55 lbs 2 years ago and have been maintaining that since then.
Current stats: 5’1" 170 lbs as of today. My average had been 160-163. Have gotten as low as 155lbs with VERY strict diet. I’m well aware of my body type and know I’ll never have a ballerina body, so work on my strengths which are my strength and endurance.
Exercise varies (I’m a variety junkie) and I love high intensity. I love lifting heavy weights so generally do that on M,W,F. Average 8-12 reps/2-4 sets depending on what workout is on my rotation. I also mix in a lot of HiiT work (cardio and weights) along with Metabolic workouts. T and Th I do cardio. Sat and Sun I “rest” but do lots of work around the house and yard.
Workouts are 60-70 minutes M-F. I prefer hard workouts, not stuff like barre. Hard and heavy so I finish each workout a sweaty mess. I also do 30-60 minutes of Yoga M-F as well later in the day. Yoga is “power” Yoga, not “fluffy”.
Weights used varies but on average 15-45 lbs depending on the exercise. The heavier the better as my goal is really to gain and maintain strength as I age. I love to exercise, getting up every morning at 5:30 to hit it. I have my own gym in my basement with dumbells, kettlebells, medballs, stability balls, 60 lb weighted vest, ankle weights, weighted gloves for kickboxing, aerobic step, pullup stand, elliptical machine and various other “toys”.
My diet is pretty consistent but I do have moments of insanity (pastries…aaggghhhh):
Breakfast = protein shake every morning.
Lunch = light ie: salad, low cal soup, sauteed veggies
Supper = good healthy meal with focus on meat and veggies.
I eat minimal carbs only allowing whole grain breads, brown rice, etc.
I eat minimal sugar.
I drink minimal alcohol.
I drink moderate amounts of coffee and tea per day.
I drink approx 32 oz of water per day.
I keep my portions down to smaller generally recommended sizes.
I snack only occasionally - nuts, protein bars, fruit, etc.
In the past, eating at night was my downfall. Now I try to stop eating after approx 7:30pm.
Portions used to be an issue, now I practice good portion control.
I have been using Hot Rox for about 9 days and have actually noticed a big difference in my workout performance. Don’t know if its the ingredients or ‘mind over matter’ but I am able to push myself more with a lot less tiredness.
I do feel the increased alertness, some warmth (that’s not a hot flash…hahahaha).
Seems to help with appetite too which has always been pretty healthy.
I lost half a pound this week (I weigh myself every Tues and Fri).
Whew…basically just frustrated with my body not reacting the way I want it too.
Thanks for all the help!