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 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.

 

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

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

Day 75: Struggling

Day 75

This post is a tad late, considering it’s technically Wednesday already; but hey, better late than never.

I didn’t make it to the gym today. I told myself it was because I didn’t have enough time, but the truth is, that’s just an excuse. If I had really wanted to go, I would have found the time. The worst part is, I’m not exactly feeling motivated to workout tomorrow morning either.

I really don’t want to fall into the rut I mentioned yesterday. I need to find a way to motivate myself; but first, I need to get some sleep.

Final step count: 16,426