Lots of Progress Photos: Defeating Sneaky Ninja Fat

So there I was, happily maintaining my weight after a few years, and slowly but surely, my pants started getting tight. My shirts started getting tight. I looked in the mirror, and I looked fine. WTF was going on?

Sneaky Ninja Fat. That's what. It lurks in the shadows, waiting for me to let down my guard, and then jumps onto my back and bum, where I can't see it until it's melded into my flesh.

Ok, so maybe it wasn't ninjas. It was more the result of depression after losing my brother to cancer which made me get a little lax on the eating and lose all motivation to exercise, followed by a very painful lower back injury with a few rounds of steroids and several months of physical therapy where I could only do mild stretching and a couple miles on a recumbent bike. I started to get my groove back in October, and restarted Couch to 5k to ease back into running, but then winter weather, being busy over the holidays, and wanting to enjoy holiday feasts was a good excuse in November and December.

By January, though, I was ready to kick the sneaky ninja fat in it's sneaky ninja buttocks. I got back on MFP, eat 1500 plus some or most of my exercise calories (usually 17-1800 or so) Monday through Friday, and take the weekends and holidays off from logging. I tend to get a little overly obsessive about logging, so regular breaks keep me at least somewhat sane. As sane as you can be when you believe in sneaky ninja fat.

I don't eliminate anything from my diet. Still have pasta, rice, potatoes, cheeseburgers, pizza, the occasional donut and a jalapeno cheddar bagel just about every morning for breakfast. I run 2-3 times a week (weather permitting - it was twice a week during the worst of winter) and strength train usually 3 times a week. Currently following Strong Curves beginner program.

I'm about 6 pounds from my goal weight now. Up until this morning when I took my pics, I thought I was going to have to lower that goal. Now, seeing what nine pounds did, I think six more pounds will be pretty much perfect. But honestly, I'm pretty happy with how I look right now. I know from the past that I can slowly recomp while eating near maintenance. I just have a pile of clothes that I'd rather be able to wear again than have to replace. I can zip some of my skinny jeans now. They just don't look or feel very good at the moment.

Anyway, enough babbling. Here's the photos. Watch the sneaky ninja backfat disappear...

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The change is not as noticeable from straight on front or back shots. Because it's a ninja. Also, I can't flex without looking constipated or having an extra chin. I'm convinced that's the most valuable asset a fitness model can have. Looking pretty while flexing.

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I even felt good enough about myself to put on my itsy bitsy string bikini from before I gained weight. When I tried it on last summer, I looked like an exploded can of Pillsbury and wanted to cry.

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But most of all, I'm happy with my fitness progress. I'm still a lot slower than I was before all this happened, but I'm getting back there. Considering that 8 months ago, I could barely walk and thought my running days are behind me, I'm really happy that I can now run 3.1 miles in the same amount of time I ran 2.1 in October. I've run 10k a couple of times in the past month, and shaved about 5 minutes off my time. And I know in a race environment (first 5k of the year is next weekend) I'll be even faster.

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Replies

  • annette_15
    annette_15 Posts: 1,657 Member
    Thats awesome! Welcome back :)
  • deksgrl
    deksgrl Posts: 7,237 Member
    Great job! Inspirational, again!
  • mpeters1965
    mpeters1965 Posts: 370 Member
    Sneaky Ninja Fat! I never knew what to call it but I know it exists. Each time I think I have banished it, back it comes and the fight resumes. What a great job you are doing battling that dastardly foe! You are rocking both of those bikinis! Nice work.
  • Timorous_Beastie
    Timorous_Beastie Posts: 595 Member
    The first time I saw myself nekkid in the 3 way mirror, I was shocked. I had no idea that was all going on back there. It was after I'd lost weight about 10 years ago (without strength training) and while my ribs showed in the front, I had ninja fat in the back. So frustrating. I'm glad I found out how to destroy it.
  • boxfish100
    boxfish100 Posts: 172 Member
    Great progress - you look fantastic.
  • jennaatsuad
    jennaatsuad Posts: 35 Member
    Awesome job! :)
  • BlueDaisy717
    BlueDaisy717 Posts: 37 Member
    You look amazing great job :smile:
  • briannadunn
    briannadunn Posts: 841 Member
    Great job!!! I am sorry to hear about your brother.
  • wizzybeth
    wizzybeth Posts: 3,573 Member
    I can't imagine losing my brother. My sincerest condolences.

    But contrats on your Kicking Ninja Butt. I can see it clearly in the profile shot...you are totally rocking those bikinis
  • emwaltz
    emwaltz Posts: 12
    Thanks for posting the pics! Its amazing how big of a difference 9 pounds really makes when it comes to someone's physique!
  • jules6669mfp
    jules6669mfp Posts: 446 Member
    You look gorgeous. Great job!!
  • dinobomp
    dinobomp Posts: 170 Member
    Nice job!!! You look fantastic! So happy for you!!
  • Timorous_Beastie
    Timorous_Beastie Posts: 595 Member
    Thank you. :)

    The weird thing with losing my brother is that I felt guilty that I didn't think I was grieving enough at the time. I wasn't terribly sad or weepy... I just felt like there was a void. It wasn't until a few months had gone by and I realized I wasn't eating right, stopped exercising, wasn't sleeping right, etc. that I saw just how much it had affected me. Depression and grief don't always follow an expected path.

    And you know, really, all things considered, if the worst that happened with all the poop I had going on (during the same time frame, my husband also lost his job and money was really, really tight and stress was really, really high) was that I gained some weight, I consider that being pretty darn lucky. I didn't turn to drugs or gambling or violence or relationship problems. I ate a few too many candy bars. Big deal.
  • orchidee1987
    orchidee1987 Posts: 97 Member
    Great job ! May i ask you : what's your height ?
    Congrats again and sorry for what's have been going on for you
  • perseverance14
    perseverance14 Posts: 1,364 Member
    Nice work!
  • Timorous_Beastie
    Timorous_Beastie Posts: 595 Member
    @orchidee1987, I'm 5'5ish, but really short-waisted. So dresses and shirts fit best if they're petite.
  • danasings
    danasings Posts: 8,218 Member
    So sorry about your brother, my friend. But you're back to kicking fat in the (insert favorite expression here) again, and I'm so glad to see you doing well! <3
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