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 21: Climbing back on the wagon

I’ve already managed to blow off my gym plan, but I’ve got a 5-day step goal streak going, so I’ll take that as a win. Unfortunately, I don’t feel as excited and pumped about this as I should. I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I’m stuck in some sort of funk or rut, or whichever is the best way to describe it.

The thing is, I’ve gained some weight back the past couple of months. Realistically, it’s probably only about 5 lbs, but when you’re as short as I am, that translates to anywhere from one to two clothing sizes. In terms of measurements, my waist size has increased by a whole two inches. My super comfy jeans are now super tight jeans, and the muffin top I’d finally managed to get rid of, is back with a vengeance. I feel gross.

But, instead of feeling motivated by this to climb back on the wagon, I feel stuck. I’m in that spot; you know, the one where you know you need to make a change – and you want to make a change – but you just can’t get yourself to actually do it. So, instead of making positive changes, you just make worse choices.

I have a Bod Pod appointment tomorrow. I’m hoping my latest results will give me the kick in the ass I need to shake this funk, but I don’t feel confident about it. I know I need to change my mindset about it, but that’s just not where I’m at right this moment. Hopefully, I’ll feel differently tomorrow.

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 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

Days 79: Feeling low

I wrote the post below yesterday, but forgot to his publish. :/

Day 78

I’ve struggled with getting back on track this week. Although I’d managed to stay within my calorie range and dropped my vacation water weight, I’ve skipped most of my gym days. Then yesterday, I went over my calorie range.

What had happened was: little kid was playing around on the couch while I was vegging out on my phone. The next thing you know, he slips, he falls, he manages the hit the coffee table edge face first, and ends up with an ugly gash by his eyebrow.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as it looked. He didn’t need stitches, and he was back to playing a few minutes later, but I felt it was my fault. I still fill it was my fault.

Since I started this challenge, I feel like I’ve gotten significantly better at managing my emotions, and avoiding the downward spiral I tend to fall into when I become upset. But I couldn’t avoid the hole I fell into last night. I turned to food, and knowingly gave up on trying to hit my step goal. I felt so bad, I was one click away from deleting this entire blog. It’s the first time in a while that I’ve felt this low.

Final step count: 6,894

Day 79

Unfortunately, as with previous similar moods, I haven’t been able to shake it. I still feel pretty awful. While I can tell myself that mistakes happen and this one mistake doesn’t make me the worst parent on the face of this Earth; it doesn’t change the fact that I still feel like I am.

Which means, I am continuing to turn to food for comfort. I haven’t conquered emotional eating just yet. I’ve minimized it by controlling my emotions better; but I haven’t figured out how to manage when I can’t manage how I feel. Therefore, as I’m sure you can guess, I overate again today. In fact, as I write this, all I can think of is how much I want to go back into the kitchen, and find something else to eat. I’m trying to write this post in hopes of riding the craving out, and get to bed without eating anything more.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but hopefully it’ll be relief from these negative feelings. I don’t want to start off a new week feeling this way, and I don’t want to ruin the progress I’ve made. Despite going outside my calorie range yesterday, I weighed in at my lowest this morning in years: 122 lbs. I want to keep the weight loss ball rolling.

Final step count: 15,355

Days 77 & 78: Darnit!

Day 77

I started the day off pretty well yesterday. I finally got rid of all the vacation water weight And I did really well at getting most of my steps in early in the day. Unfortunately, we had company over for dinner again last night and I completely forgot to check where I was at after they left. I went to bed without realizing I was still short of my step goal.

I also didn’t make it to the gym and went over my calorie range. Not exactly one of my best days, but not surprising considering how little sleep I’ve gotten this week. I’ve had a hard time getting back into my routine and getting to bed at a decent time. Since I wake up around 5 am each morning, my nightly sleep over has been about 4 hours. No bueno. I finally fell asleep before midnight last night. Hopefully, it’s the start of getting back on track, but just with getting enough sleep, but with working out again consistently as well.

Final step count: 13,817

Day 78

On the bright side, despite yesterday’s failures, my weight continued its downward trend this morning. I weighed in at my lowest weight to date since this challenge started: 123 lbs.

I’m still really concerned a lot of my weight loss this month has been fat free mass since I’ve failed at sticking to my protein goal, but I can’t change that now. I can only try and do better at sticking with it today. TGIF.

Happy Friday everyone!

Current step total: 1,959