Day 63: Another Bod Pod on the books

Today was another Bod Pod day. Usually, I try to go on a monthly basis, but lately it’s been a bit more sporadic due to scheduling issues. My last appointment was on March 5th, and it wasn’t a good one. After steadily losing weight and fat lbs over the last year, I fell off the wagon and gained a significant chunk of it back.

Date % Fat % Fat Free Mass Fat Mass Fat Free Mass Body Mass
10/25/2018 26.1 73.9 31.518 lbs 89.209 lbs 120.728 lbs
1/25/19 27.8 72.2 34.409 lbs 89.443 lbs 123.852 lbs
3/5/2019 29.8 70.2 37.670 lbs 88.765 lbs 126.431 lbs

Today, six weeks after my last appointment, I went in feeling a tad bit hopeful. I wasn’t expecting any huge changes – the scale hadn’t moved much and I only lost an inch or two off my waist – but I did want to see some improvement. Despite all of the ups and downs these past few weeks, I felt like I did better overall compared to the beginning of the year. No, I didn’t go to the gym as planned, but I did go more often. And although I struggled to get a step goal streak going, I walked more steps on average. I don’t think I necessarily ate any less, but I did make some better food choices. Surely that must have done something, right? 

Well…

Date % Fat % Fat Free Mass Fat Mass Fat Free Mass Body Mass
10/25/2018 26.1 73.9 31.518 lbs 89.209 lbs 120.728 lbs
1/25/19 27.8 72.2 34.409 lbs 89.443 lbs 123.852 lbs
3/5/2019 29.8 70.2 37.670 lbs 88.765 lbs 126.431 lbs
4/15/2019 27.6 72.4 34.316 lbs 89.799 lbs 124.116 lbs

It did! Woo hoo!

Despite not being perfect, I lost 3 lbs of fat and gained 1 lb of fat free mass. I’m tempted to attribute some of those improvements on the Bod Pod’s error margin, but I need this win, so I won’t. Instead, I’m going to feel good about it and use it to get motivated to do more.  I think I’m finally really ready to start reaching my goals.

Happy Monday!

Day 23: Bod Pod Results

My Bod Pod results from yesterday were just as bad as I expected them to be. From October to now, my body fat percentage has increased from 26.1% to 29.8%, and I’ve gained a little over 6 lbs of fat. The worst part is, more than half that increase happened in the last 6 weeks.

Yesterday’s results:

Results from January 25th:

Despite my not-so-great results, I felt pretty motivated to get back on track yesterday. I made some healthy food, went to the gym, and tried my best to get all of my steps in early. I was on a roll until right after dinner time. Then it all went to shit. I felt tired, little man was cranky, and I just felt overwhelmed.

Although I didn’t binge on junk food or anything like that, I did have a drink or two and then went to bed – without checking my step total for the day. Just like that, I ruined my latest streak. I missed my goal by around 3,000 steps.

It’s ok though. I’ll get right back to it today. My next Bod Pod is scheduled for April 15th. I feel confident I can get a new streak going while working towards getting my body fat percentage moving in the right direction.

Day 85: ???

Day 84

After I got my Bod Pod results yesterday morning, I spent the next hour or so staring at them with what must have looked like a perplexed look upon my face. I pulled out my charts from the past two months and stared at those too. Almost a day later, I’m still unsure how this happened.

As you’ll see below, the Bod Pod claims I lost 3% body fat and 5 lbs of fat. My fat free mass increased by a 1/2 lb.

If you read my post from yesterday morning, you know these aren’t the results I was expecting.

Granted, Bod Pods have a margin of error of +/- 1 to 2.7%, so maybe it’s a mistake?

Rationally, I feel like I should be celebrating, but I can’t help but feel like the Bod Pod is wrong. I didn’t track my protein intake the first month, so I don’t know if I averaged more protein or not, but I do know I failed to hit my 100 grams a day goal. Then again, I averaged about 92 calories less per day this month (which would add up to at least one pound of weight loss) and I did exercise a little more, so maybe it is right?

I took a look at my measurements to see if they might tell me anything about my results. These were my previous stats:

And here are yesterday’s:

Weight: 122.2 lbs

Measurements (in inches) (change from last measurements):

Bicep 10.5 (-0.25)

Chest 33.5 (-1.0)

Waist 28.5 (-0.5)

Hips 35.5 (-0.25)

Thigh 21.5 (-0.25)

Calf 13.5 (-0.25)

A total loss of 2.5 inches; with the most significant loss coming from my chest (which is basically all fat). The month prior I lost 1.5 inches. So I guess the results could be a little more accurate than I think they are?

Who knows? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the next month brings.

Final step count: 15,055

Day 85

Although it’s technically already Friday, it’s basically Thursday night since I still haven’t gone to bed. I need to figure out what my plan for this new month will be, but that’ll have to wait until the morning.

Happy Friday!

Current step total: 62

Day 84

Day 83

I was tempted to blow off my step goal again last night. I was laying in bed and I just didn’t feel like getting up to walk around. But, I made myself do it, begrudgingly.

I also had some serious cravings last night. I was tempted to head back into the kitchen and grab a snack, but I wasn’t too far over my calorie range and I managed to convince myself to just go to bed.

Final step count: 15,090

Day 84

I should feel proud of myself for pushing through last night, hitting my step goal, and not caving into my late-night cravings, but I can’t help but feel disappointed about how I did this month. As I finished completing my sheet this morning, I felt like I failed. Sure, I lost some weight, but I’m afraid today’s Bod Pod will show a lot of that loss was fat free mass.

Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Current step total: 4,204

Day 63: Dissapointed

Day 62

I went to bed last night feeling pretty disappointed in myself, not because I didn’t hit my protein goal, but because of my attitude about not reaching it. I just didn’t care.

I set this protein goal for a reason, and yet for the last two weeks, I haven’t made any effort to reach it. I’ve whined about not hitting it. I’ve written that I need to try harder. I’ve stated I would do better… but I haven’t. I’ve done nothing to eat more protein, unless my attempts at baking count?

I tried to figure out why I’ve been feeling this way about this particular goal. The only thing I could come up with is that it just doesn’t seem as important as staying within my daily calorie range. Nutrition is where I struggle the most. Although I’m doing a lot better at staying within my target calorie range, it’s still really hard for me to do. I guess trying to eat protein on top of that just feels like a bridge too far?

Whether or not that’s true, I can’t just give up. There are things I can do, like start drinking my morning protein shake again. Earlier this year, I was drinking a protein shake every morning for breakfast. I stopped drinking it over the summer because it just wasn’t filling, so it felt like a waste of calories. It’s an easy way to get a head start on hitting my daily protein goal though, so I need to get back to drinking it.

I also think it would be helpful if I stopped thinking of my daily meals in terms of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In order to eat 100 grams of protein each day, I need to try and break it down into servings. I can eat 15-20 grams of protein if I eat one serving of a lean meat; that means I need to eat 5-6 servings a day in order to hit my goal. I need to change the way I eat from three meals with snacks, to five to six smaller meals a day.

These changes shouldn’t be difficult. They’re not rocket science or some revolutionary new way of eating. They’re the same, basic things tons of other people do. If they can do it, I can do it. I just need to get out of my own way.

Final step count: 16,003

Day 63

Today is the first day of week three. I averaged 1,782 calories a day last week, and lost a little under one lb. I’ve been struggling with water weight fluctuations this past week, so I’m not too concerned about the less-than-1-lb weight loss.

I also took some updated measurements yesterday. In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, and calf; and 3/4 of an inch from my hips.

Since Day 1 of this challenge, I’ve lost 7-8 lbs, 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, 1/2 an inch from my chest, thigh, and calf, 2 and 1/4 inches from my waist, and 2 inches from my hips. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

                           8/4/18     8/20/18     9/20/18     10/03/18
Weight:                    131.2 lbs  131 lbs     126.4 lbs   123.6 lbs
Measurements (in inches): 
Bicep                      10.75      10.75       10.75       10.5
Chest                      35         35          34.5        34.5
Waist                      31         30          29          28.75
Hips                       37         37          35.75       35
Thigh                      22         22          21.75       21.5
Calf                       14         14          13.75       13.5

I’m really happy with my progress so far. Although I’d rather not keep losing inches from hips, I’m happy to see my thighs finally start slimming a bit. They just weren’t budging. Now, I just need to get my next Bod Pod scheduled and hopefully see some real progress in terms of losing body fat.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Current step total: 1,724

Day 60: Another attempt at baking

Day 59

I decided to try and make the protein cookies I wrote about in my post yesterday. I followed the recipe, but mine looked nothing like the pictures in it. These are what mine looked like:

Yummy, huh? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. That being said, they’re not terrible. They taste better than the muffins, but they’re not great. The texture isn’t very cookie like. They’re also not very high in protein. Each cookie is 134 calories and only has 4.5 grams of protein. Granted, that’s more protein than regular cookies, but it’s not what I was hoping for. If all I’m getting is 4.5 grams of protein per cookie, I need the cookie to taste better.

I made some lactation cookies after I had little kid. Those were delicious. I’m considering trying to find the recipe again and see if I can modify it myself. I found a couple of posts on how to substitute protein powder for flour in baking, so I may just take advantage of this “storm” day to experiment. I’ll let you all know how it goes.

Oh, and awesome news! I finally hit my protein goal for the day yesterday! I ate 103 grams of protein. Woo hoo!

Final step count: 18,524

Day 60

This weekend, I got a notification that Jamie Eason was hosting a DietBet. I hadn’t planned on signing up for anymore DietBets since I don’t really have a lot left to lose in terms of actual weight, but I’m a fan of Jamie’s and she provided a meal and exercise plan to go along with it, so I registered for it. What can I say? I’m a sucker for new fitness plans.

So, today’s planned workout is actually from Jamie’s plan. I’ll be putting my Strong program on hold, and following her workouts for the next four weeks. It’ll be a lot more working out than I’ve been doing the past few weeks. I’ve been focusing solely on Strong, which is three days a week of full body workouts. I haven’t been doing any cardio.

Jamie’s plan is also three days a week of full body workouts, but it includes three additional days of higher intensity interval training (HIIT). I’m considering increasing my calorie ranges to offset the additional workouts if it seems I’m losing too much weight. My goal is to retain as much fat free mass as possible while losing fat. If I lose weight too quickly, it’s likely half of it will be at the expense of muscle mass. That is definitely not what I want.

I updated my tracker to reflect the new workouts and I’m ready to get started, so off to the gym I go! Happy Monday!

Current step total: 580

Day 56: Week “2”

Day 55

After walking living room laps for what seemed like hours, I hit my daily step goal and decided to fill out the rest of my tracking sheet for today (with the exception of my step total, since it wouldn’t be accurate just yet). I decided to highlight the last day of each week since my last Bod Pod for easier comparison. I also averaged my daily calories for this first week and wrote it to the right of my highlighted row.

This week’s average daily calories: 1,788.

It’s not as low as I’d hoped, but it’s under my estimated total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) of 1,822. And most importantly, I still lost 1 lb this past week (see below). Win!

Final step count: 15,740

Day 56

On the tracking sheet pictured above, I also wrote my weight as measured by the Bod Pod to the right of the first row. I figured I can consider it a much more accurate weight for comparison than the weight from my home scale. My home scale weighed me in at 126.4 lbs on September 20th; the Bod Pod came in at 125.255 lbs.

One week later, after consuming an average of 1,788 calories a day, I’m down 1 lb. This morning’s weight: 124.2 lbs. It’s what I had hoped to see, but more than I’d actually expected.

I want to celebrate the loss, it’s a win right? That’s what I wrote above; but I am a tad bit concerned that half of that may be muscle loss. I truly do need to step up my protein eating game. I’m so not about the skinny fat life.

Current step total: 387