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Day 63: Updated stats

Today is the first day of week three. I averaged 1,782 calories a day last week, and lost a little under a pound. I’ve been struggling with water weight fluctuations quite a bit this past week, so I’m not too concerned about it.

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 57: The protein problem

Last night, I decided to use my high calorie day for this week. It was a last minute, impulse decision (AKA emotional eating). I wasn’t in a bad mood or anything. It was a pretty good day actually, but there was just something. I can’t really explain it; I guess it’s just one of my peculiarities – having weird moods.

What is really upsetting about it though, is that I ended yet another day without hitting my protein goal.

Despite the fact that weight loss comes down to calories in and calories out (CICO), eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for overall health. Eating more protein is supposed to be my first step towards starting to make those healthier changes in terms of what I eat, because frankly, right now I’m eating like shit.

But, the thing is, I’m basically acting like a petulant child when it comes to this whole protein thing. The truth is, I don’t want to waste my precious calories on protein or healthy foods I don’t enjoy, when I could use them to eat a cookie (or two) instead. So, while I go on and on about how I’m going to do better to meet my protein goal, I don’t.

I can’t continue this way though. I gave my protein “problem” some serious thought today, and I think I came up with a possible solution. I don’t want to waste calories on healthy foods I don’t enjoy, so I should find ways to make those healthy things I need to eat enjoyable. Seems obvious, right?

It also seems like making those foods on hand and easy to eat would be helpful. The meal prep I did a couple of weeks ago was successful. I enjoyed what I made and ate it all. None of it went bad. I can’t think of any good reason why I haven’t done it again.

My plan to finally really get on track with my protein goal: find some healthy recipes I want to eat and then prep them my way every week.

Normally, I would try to do something like this on a Monday, but I don’t think I should put this off. I need to look up recipes and put together a grocery list tonight, then hit up the grocery store and meal prep tomorrow. The sooner I get started, the sooner I can finally start hitting that goal.

I don’t know if I’ll be successful, but I’ve got to give a try.

Current step total: 20,347

Experiment 2

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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