Day 18: Jinx

So, I’m pretty sure I jinxed myself with Wednesday’s post. Despite getting off to a good start and walking most of the day’s steps earlier in the morning, I still managed to lose track of time and miss my goal by about 2,500 steps.

On the bright side, I’ve been a lot more open about what I’m doing with friends this time around. Before, I would anxiously glance at my watch during our weekly group dinner, trying to find ways to discreetly get my steps in before just giving up altogether or running out of time. On Wednesday though, I told them I had a daily step goal I was trying to reach, so I was getting up to walk around. No one batted an eye or looked at me like I was crazy.

That being said, I don’t want to spend our weekly dinners walking laps while we chat after eating, so I really need to work on hitting my goal before dinner even starts.

The same goes for my workouts. Instead of getting up early and exercising first thing in the morning, I procrastinated and then ran out of time. Fortunately, I had two rest days left this week, so I just shifted my workouts over by one day and did Wednesday’s workout yesterday.

Now, I’m back on track and determined to keep my new streak going. Happy Friday!

Day 15: On a roll

I’ve had to walk a lot of living room laps this week, but I’ve managed to get a step streak going: 3 days and counting! I also started working out again on Monday. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the inside of a gym, a fact that I’m well aware of thanks to the muscle soreness I’m currently experiencing.

I hadn’t planned on going back to the gym this week. I’m trying to focus on making one small change at a time, since I have a not-so-great tendency to want to change everything all at once. It always becomes this all-or-nothing situation, causing me to give up altogether the minute I trip up on even the smallest of things.

Work has been slow this week though, and I found myself with some unplanned free time, so off to the gym I went. I decided to try a new program. This is another tendency I have – I am constantly searching for new workout programs, instead of just picking one and sticking with it. But, it’s fun to try something new, so yeah, I’m doing a new program: Erin Stern’s 90-Day Challenge. I like it so far, but we’ll see if I make it the whole way through.

 

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

Days 82 & 83: Where am I and where did my motivation go?

Day 82

I went to bed last night without hitting my step goal. I knew I was short steps, but I just didn’t seem to care enough to get up and walk laps. I am still struggling with getting back into the swing of things after vacation. It’s frustrating because I’d hoped that the progress I’ve made since I began this challenge would make it easier for me to bounce back from vacation mode. But it hasn’t, at least not yet. I’m still that person who struggles for weeks to get back into the whole “working out and eating better” thing after indulging and being lazy for a week on vacation.

Final step count: 10,379

And struggle this week I have. Yesterday was the first day I stayed within my calorie range since last Wednesday. I haven’t even tried to make it to the gym this week. I basically resigned myself to not working out until after my Bod Pod for no good reason.

Even worse, I feel like I subconsciously blew off my step goal. As I updated my tracking sheet this morning, I realized that I missed my step goal on Monday by less than 1,000 steps. I hadn’t even noticed.

I need to snap out of this funk and get motivated again. I’ve made too much progress to start slipping back into old habits and start regaining the weight. I just don’t know how to. All of my old “tricks,” like finding a new workout plan, just aren’t working this time around.

Any tips, tricks, or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Current step total: 13,022

Day 81: Thinner Leaner Stronger

Day 80

As I skimmed through the book last night, I made changes to my goals in MyFitnessPal based on the nutrition recommendations in the book. Specifically the following two:

  • Eat 30-40 grams of protein at each meal
  • Eat 40-50 grams of carbs before working out

I decided that I would try to use my “strengths” in the nutrition department to overcome my weaknesses. Basically, I tend to be better at sticking to the healthier stuff earlier in the day. It doesn’t bother me as much to drink a protein shake in the morning as it does to try to eat a healthy meal at dinner time.

Granted, I haven’t even been able to drink protein shakes these past few weeks because of my bratty inner child; but I decided it’s time to remind her that we’re an adult now.

Last night, I planned and pre-logged my meals like this:

  • 5:30 am – Protein shake (6am workout) (410 caps)
  • 8 am – Eggs, rice, seaweed, fruit (399 cals)
  • 12 pm – Grilled chicken with rice (302 cals)
  • 5:30 pm – TBD (489 cals; minus 127 cals if I want to have a cocktail – although the book highly suggests just saying no to the booze)

I’d like to say I went to bed motivated for the new week, but the workout program itself feels a tad intimidating. Mike Matthews, the guy who wrote the book, states it should take about an hour to complete. I don’t have an hour in the mornings right now, unless I start waking up at 4 am.

The other small obstacle is the equipment needed to complete the workouts. Despite it being all pretty basic stuff, the gym I go to doesn’t really have it. Believe it or not, my gym doesn’t have a squat rack. Crazy, huh? I have access to a better gym, but it would add an extra 15 minute commute each way to go there.

What to do?

Final step count: 15,475

Day 81

I woke up this morning still unsure of what to do in terms of this new plan. Do I start waking up at 4 am to workout? If I were to drive to the other gym I’d have to get up at 3:30 am, and that’s just not realistic. How do I get around the lack of proper equipment? Should I find a new program for now?

I’ll tell you what I did finally decide to do. I decided to give myself a week to figure it out. My Bod Pod is this Thursday anyway. It might be best to wait until after I get my updated results to try out a new program. Or maybe that’s just the excuse I’m going with to skip yet another workout.

Current step total: 735

Day 80: A new workout

Day 80

I think I may have written in a previous post that I’m not really enjoying the new workout program I’ve been tying to follow. In fact, I didn’t really workout very much at all this week. I know I should just decide on a program and stick with it, but I can’t do that until I find one I enjoy enough to stick with.

So, what’s my newest program attempt going to be: Thinner Leaner Stronger (TLS). I just downloaded the book on my Kindle, and once I’m done writing this post, I intend to start reading through it. I hope to be able to do my first TLS workout tomorrow morning.

If any of you out there has done this program, I’d love to know if it worked for you and if you liked it. Hopefully, this one will stick for me.

Current step total: 11,374