rebuilding the temple - week 0: ready, set, .... oh, wait.

Weekly updates for my temple rebuild have been moved to Mondays from Fridays, but for this inaugural week, I'm updating on Sunday night.  :)

When starting a new project, I do either one of two things: (1) research and research and research... then lose steam and never actually do it, (2) jump in uninformed, half-assed... or whole-assed, depending on your POV.

The last time I did this, I did #2. (Heeheehee, "#2"... and once again, I'm a 12 year old boy.)

Really, read those links, and you'll see how scattered I was.  No plan.  No ideas.  No starting stats.  Nothing.

But not this time. 

So, now, I bare my soul and all the ugliness that surrounds and insulates it.  This is a MAJOR DEAL, my lovelies, because it's still February here in Canada, and I can just continue to pretend that I'm really hiding the body of Sofia Vergara under the parka and sweaters.

Seriously, can someone please make me look like her? []
But again, no.

So now I foolishly bravely share what I'm really hiding... and because showing a BEFORE picture of me after that picture of Sofia would be like slapping your face after baking you a cake (yes, that totally makes sense), I'm just giving you my metrics.

Deep breath... and go:

Height: 5' 3.5" - this likely won't change... although, I've thought for a long time that I'm 5'4", but before my surgery last year, I was measured to be half an inch shorter.  Good grief, I'm only 41!  Am I already shrinking?  On the WRONG AXIS?!  Nope, I'm not going to think about that.

Weight: 138 lbs. - I'd like to lose 18-20 pounds, but I'm more flexible with this because of, you know, muscle-mass, bodyfat, etc.  Before you get all judgy judgerson on me, remember I KNOW MY BODY and I'VE DONE MY RESEARCH.  I'm doing this to become healthy, not to endanger my life trying to reach some sort of "magazine ideal".

Bodyfat: 34% - not taken by calipers but calculated from here so it's not exact.  But holy crap, according to this chart, I'm obese.  Say WHAT?!  Anyway, I'm shooting for 21% bodyfat, which means I should come down to 120 pounds.  Sounds 'bout right.

Bust: 38 inches - it would be nice if I'm not a walking Russ Meyer movie... just down a cup size or two would be fine.

Waist: 38 inches - I'd like this to be less than my bust size at least... 25 inches ideally, but I'll take what I can get.

Bicep: 12 inches - I'd like to get rid of the wings.

Good grief, now I wonder why did I bold them all?!  I wanted to highlight them, but holy hannah, I might as well put up a neon sign that says: "LOOK AT ME!  I'M CHUNKY!!!"

So, let's get UN-chunky!

What I'm doing this week:

1: 3 meals/day - no snacking, no grazing, no 5/6 meals/day like the "experts" command.  they've all made me gain weight in the past.  I over-eat, and my blood sugar gets all wonky.
2: Zen tea only at Starbucks and water or green tea at home.
3: Avoid sugar.  no Treat Day for me.
4: Exercise - hot yoga (Wednesday/Sunday), weights (Thursday/Monday), and intervals/hula (Friday/Tuesday).
5: Continue to take greens+ and supplements.  I'll go into detail in  future post.

Okay, that's it for now.  Small changes.  Wish me luck!


  1. I understand what you mean when you say you know your body and you know what's good for you - even though I think you shouldn't lose a pound, I am the same way. I have my happy number that is where I feel most comfortable. Good Luck, friend! This weather SUCKS ASS. GOD I miss summer!

  2. Good luck!! You can do it. :)

  3. Hey, according to that body fat calculator and chart I'm obese too!

    Your plan sounds totally doable. Well, I don't think I could handle treat day and not partake, but I'm sure you have better will power than I. (says the woman who just picked up a chocolate bar at 10pm - ugh)