Day 28: Experiment 2

Day 28

Although I should probably focus on one change at a time, I feel compelled to conduct a second “experiment” between now and my next Bod Pod appointment on September 20th. I might be setting myself up for failure, but I just can’t help myself.

Experiment 2.

Hypothesis: I can increase my fat free mass (FFM) by consistently following the Strong workout program.

Unfortunately, my body won’t let me pick and choose where I want to lose weight from. It just sort of takes it from anywhere. This means that when my scale inches lower, there’s no guarantee I’ve lost any actual fat. It could be water weight, muscle, fat, or a combination of all of the above.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the “skinny fat” look, so I want to retain as much muscle as possible while losing weight. This means I need to lose the weight slowly, and I need to do the things that all the smart health and fitness people say I should do, like lift weights and eat lots of protein. They say that if I do those things, I can retain most of my muscle, even while I’m losing weight. I’ve even read that “noob gains” are a thing, meaning I could even gain some muscle at first. Granted, it wouldn’t likely be much of a gain, but anything is better than nothing.

My plan: I will once again restart the Strong workout program (for like the third or fourth time now) today. Since I’ll be eating maintenance calories, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t gain at least a tiny bit of muscle between now and my next Bod Pod appointment – and see an increase in my FFM on my results. It’s possible I may even gain a little weight overall, but as long as it’s in the FFM category, I’m ok with it.

Current step total: 1,038

Current step goal streak: 1 day
Previous step goal streak: 13 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days

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