Week 21 WEIGH IN: Climbing the Mountain All the Way to the Top!

I’m just going to go ahead and start this post by saying that if you’re on your own weight loss journey and you feel discouraged by the lack of progress, I feel you! I see you as you are putting in the work, and the scale… or measuring tape… or tighter fitting clothes… are moving in the opposite direction that you’re wanting. I know how heavy and daunting the process can feel. The plateaus can feel frustrating. The increased water weight, or bloating for various reasons can drive you mad. It’s alright. Let yourself feel all the feelings. I give you permission to throw a pillow across the room in these moments of great discouragement. Your feelings are very real, and they need to be felt and processed. Ignoring your feelings can lead you to seek comfort in the cookie jar, and you know that may be what you want in the moment, but that’s not your ultimate desire.

Choose to be productive in how you respond to your feelings. Remember that these frustrations pass, just as your stalled or dauntingly slow progress will pass. But only if you are very intentional about not turning to the non-strategic foods or habits to comfort your feelings.

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there”

-Vince Lombardi

I heard this quote in a Mark Batterson book, a few weeks ago. It has been on replay in my thoughts ever since, and I’m so dang thankful for that! I love the imagery and the implications. That dude (or She-beast) worked so dang hard to get to the top. While there may have been a few moments where the trail to the top was easy going. it’s most likely, that climber’s heart rate was elevated as he climbed up steep inclines. Think of all the blood, sweat, and tears that were shed as the mountain climber trudged through terrain where there was little or no trail to follow. Perhaps there were spots where she or he could only ascend with the help of a rope and harness to keep from falling off the nearly vertical slope. There could have been rain or snow storms that made the conditions nearly unbearable.

Enduring all these events, it’s human nature for the climber to question her/his ability to progress forward when the terrain seemed excessively grueling. Not withstanding, the hiker didn’t stop. She/he trudged forward, one step, climb or crawl at a time. We know that the goal was achieved, because the quote says so. That mountain climber made it to the top. She/he didn’t give up, or fall to the temptation of defeat. She/he didn’t grant any of the challenges power to stop her/him from reaching her/his goal.

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Here’s another quote that literally was handed to me today:

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives- choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

Aristotle

So what should we do with this pep talk, then? Let’s be intentional. Working through the storms, and steep climbs and keep pushing forward, one step in front of the other. Let’s continue to make the choices which will propel us up the mountain to reach our intended destination. Through continued effort, we will attain excellence.

Envision the incredible view from the top! The lessons and the experiences you’re working through are going to feel so empowering when you’re at the summit!


Now, I’ve gone through this whole process, myself, just today. This morning when I got my bioelectrical impedance results and took my measurements, I sure wasn’t feeling this pep talk… I was frustrated, during my workout at how heavy my legs were feeling. I was frustrated that the measuring tape revealed some expanding, rather than shrinking. Even the bioelectrical impedance readings weren’t aligned with where I thought they should be.

I began over-thinking all of the possible reasons for the heavy legs, bloated belly, etc. Perhaps menstrual cycle? Maybe my body is not pleased with the extra workout I did yesterday? Maybe the ice cream and cookies from Tuesday are still affecting my system? Perhaps my second covid shot from last Friday? What else can I blame? Not enough sleep? Diet soda detoxing? How many of these are actually plausible?

Doesn’t matter.

I’ve had the day to work through my feelings. At first I was thinking about how steep the mountain of my goal felt. But then I shifted focus to continuing on with the baby steps, regardless of the steep incline. Even though my results have been frustrating for three weeks in a row, I’m not turning around to descend back down the mountain. I will continue to climb! I want to reach the top!

Enough of that. Let me show you this week’s results:

End of Week 21 Before and After Pictures:

Week 21 Food Journal:

Since this whole experiment has felt a little extra heavy, today, I’m starting with a food journal entry that was worth celebrating. Here’s my food journal from yesterday, May 26:

The rest of the food journal entries can be found at the bottom of this post.

Bioelectrical Impedance Results:

My total body weight: 132.5 lbs. (Decrease of 1.1 pounds since last week. Total decrease of 10.4 lbs. since start date).

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition:

  • Total Body water: 80.9 lbs (Decrease of 1.1 lbs from last week. Total of 2.6 lbs. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 30.0 lbs. (Decrease of 0.4 lbs. since last week. Increase of .9 lbs. since first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 21.6 lbs. (This was a 0.4 lb. increase from last week. Total of 13.9 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 62.2 lbs (Decrease of 1.1 lbs since last week. Increase of 2.2 lbs since first weigh in).
  • BMI: 22.7 (Decrease of 0.2 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 1.8 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 16.4% (This increased by 0.6% from last week. Total of 8.4% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1456 calories (This increased by 36 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2257 calories on moderate exercise weeks. 2512 calories on heavy exercise weeks.
  • Calorie target goal for weight loss: 1600 calories (May increase by upwards of 300 on days that I burn over 600 calories)

Week 21 Measuring Tape Results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 1/4 inches (Same as last week, and down 2 1/2 inches from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 21 1/4 inches (Same as last week, and down 1 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 37 1/4 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week, Down 5 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 36 1/2 inches (Same as last week. Down 3 1/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 33 inches (Up 3/8 inch from last week, and down 2 7/8 inches from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 32 1/2 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week, and down 2 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 1/2 inches (Same as last week. Down 11/4 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 39 1/2 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week. Down 1 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 10 1/2 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 1 inch from first measurement).

This is What My Workouts Looked Like:

Summary:

Although I’m down 1.1 pounds from last week, it is all water and muscle. I actually increased in fat by almost a half of a pound from last week. I did find that I increased my steady state cardio workouts a bit, this week, but I don’t think it was enough that it would eat away at muscle. But maybe?

The measuring tape results were strange. I increased in size in my hips, right below my muffin top, and at my waistline. But I decreased in my shoulders and biceps. So weird!

I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I’ve come to understand that the In-body bioelectrical impedance machine does have a distinct margin of error. I do not believe that people should be measuring their body composition with this devise weekly, as I am. I do believe that it is reasonable to measure every 4-6 weeks, though.

I’m definitely feeling the burn out from doing so, so often. And I’ll be honest, I have some orthorexia tendencies, so sometimes I feel like I’m feeding the addiction by weighing in every week. Part of my frustrations from today are that I quite frankly want to be at the end of the portion of this journey where I have to watch all the numbers so closely. So that fact that I didn’t lose any fat, and even gained some caused the mountain to feel really steep.

I’m tired. But I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep doing my best to see all the numbers objectively, and not let the emotions be tied to them.

I’m absolutely determined to reach the top of the mountain, no matter how rough the terrain. I just have to keep up the practice of giving my strategy the respect it deserves.

That’s it for today. Talk to you soon!


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of the Week:

Friday, May 21:

Saturday, May 22:

Sunday, May 23:

Monday, May 24:

Tuesday, May 25:

Thursday, May 27 (today):

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Before and After

Week 17 Weigh In: When Actions Are Aligned With Goals…

What goals are on your radar? What is something that you want to accomplish? What actions are you taking right now in order to meet those goals?

I don’t know about you, but I have some ideas floating around that I find myself thinking “that would be nice to accomplish, but…” The excuses are so easy to come by! That’s how I was with this whole weight loss thing.. UNTIL I MADE A DECISION TO TAKE ACTION! I’ll tell you, I wasn’t excited about not being able to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. The process of adopting habits of saying “no” seemed impossible. Keeping a food journal, forget about it!

But then there was the other side of me that really felt desperate to not groan at what I was seeing in the mirror. I wanted to stop feeling embarrassed about being the personal trainer who didn’t even look like she was following what she preached. I felt a little bit like a fraud, and often told myself the adage “you can’t trust a skinny baker, so how can you trust…well, me.” I know, I know. I do preach being kind to yourself. And I really do believe in the importance of it.

The decision to take action came first.

And if you read back on my first couple of posts on this blog, you might be able to sense how fearful I was to take action (Post #1, Post #2).

I’ve been thinking, lately, about how awesome momentum towards goal achievement feels. It’s gratifying, enabling, and highly motivating to have measurable progress behind me.

I want the same thing for you. Is weight loss on your radar? Or perhaps building muscle? Maybe it’s making healthier nutrition habits that you’d like to create. Maybe you’re hindered by self doubt, or some other excuse? If this is the case, I want to urge you to simply decide today to make the change.

Sometimes the motivation to meet our goals doesn’t even come until we have started forming the habits that we believe we should be forming. So start with the decision to act. Align your actions with your goals. Then watch as you make progress. Progress is motivating, so work towards progress! You’ve got this! If you want to read more on this, check out this site here

Alright, I’m excited to show you where I am in my progress. I’m 17 weeks into my weight loss adventure. I had about a month there where I had my pre-vacation + vacation+ adapting to real life pause from weight loss. But I’m back on a weight loss trajectory! Here it is…

End of Week 17 Before and After Pictures: Check out that Florida tan!

Week 17 Food Journal:

I’m going to plant yesterday’s food journal screenshots here. I chose to go with yesterday’s, because it was the first day in weeks where I felt like I was finally in a groove of eating within my strategy without having a hankering for some non-strategic food item. Even when the hankering showed up, it didn’t feel like my heart was breaking to say “no”. I killed it with my veggie intake, making one of my veggie smoothies and sipping on it throughout the day. This allowed me to consume most of my daily nutrient needs through food intake, before adding in my multi-vitamin and iron supplements.

Bioelectrical Impedance Results: Week 17

My total body weight: 130.5 lbs. (Decrease of 2 pounds since week 16. Total decrease of 12.4 lbs. since start date).

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition:

  • Total Body water: 78.9 lbs (Decrease of 0.5 lbs. since last week. Total of 1.1 lbs. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 29.3 lbs. (Decrease of 0.2 lbs. since last week. Increase of 0.2 lbs. since first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 22.3 lbs. (This was a 1.3 lb. decrease from last week. Total of 13.2 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 61.1 lbs (Decrease of 0.3 lbs. from last week. Increase of .8 lbs since first weigh in).
  • BMI: 22.4 (Decrease of 0.3 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 2.1 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 17% (This decreased by .8% from last week. Total of 7.8% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1431 calories (This decreased by 6 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2225 calories
  • Calorie target goal for weight loss: 1600 calories (May increase by upwards of 300 on days that I burn over 600 calories)

Week 17 Measuring Tape Results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 1/4 inches (Same as last week, and down 2 1/2 inches from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 21 3/8 inches (Same as last week, and down 1 1/2 inches from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 36 7/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, Down 6 1/8 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 36 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week. Down 3 5/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 32 3/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 2 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 32 3/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 2 7/8 inches from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 5/8 inches (Same as last week. Down 11/8 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 39 5/8 inches (Same as last week. Down 7/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 10 5/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, and down 7/8 inch from first measurement).

This is what my workouts looked like:

My gym opened back up at 5:00 am, and there might not be words sufficient to express how happy I am about this! 5:00 a.m. is my favorite workout time! This being the case, I’ve been able to up my activity level by an extra 45-60 minutes most days! It’s a win-win situation because extra workouts means that I can eat a little extra food and still lose weight!

Summary:

It’s nice to see the weight loss progress under way again. It’s been two weeks since we’ve been home from vacation, and although my actions haven’t been 100% perfect, they’ve been consistent enough to help me make progress. This week I lost a half pound of water weight, and almost a pound and a half of fat. The measuring tape is showing some areas decreasing, as well. It feels really motivating to have the momentum continuing in the trajectory of weight loss. I’m excited to stick to my strategy, and see what next week brings!


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of the Week:

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Saturday, April 24

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Monday, April 26

Tuesday, April 27

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Bioelectrical Impedance

Week 12 Weigh In: I’ve Made it Three Months!

I remember at the beginning of this weight loss journey feeling like it was going to be a really daunting mountain to climb. I knew that the time was going to pass anyway, so I wanted to make sure that my actions aligned with my goals over the process of time. But at the beginning, three months really seemed far away! The change that I anticipated achieving seemed so far out of reach. But I was willing to push ahead regardless of the bleak outlook.

And now in retrospect, the time has flown by! Three months has already come and gone! The most empowering thing is to be able to see that I had it in me to change my habits, mindset, and fixed beliefs about what I could and couldn’t do.

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I wish that I could just hand this feeling over to everyone beginning their own weight loss journey, but unfortunately confidence in your abilities can only be accrued in your own personal process. It’s simply a matter of continuing to place one foot in front of the other. But it CAN be done, regardless of the temptation to veer off course. Even if you do veer off course, you quickly find your course correction. That is how you win at this weight loss game! (And believe me, I’ve veered time and time again in the last three months!

Anyway, check out how far I’ve come in the last three months!

End of Week 12 Before and After Pictures:

Maybe I’m weird in thinking this, but stretch marks actually look kind of cool! Also, I kind of have an “inny” arm pit, now! That’s fun, right!? I didn’t have and “inny” armpit when I started this adventure, three months ago!

Week 12 Food Journal:

This last week has felt a little more challenging in regards to eating. I had gone three weeks without an indulgence meal, which felt awesome. It also seemed to make a huge difference in the acceleration of my progress. Since there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken, my indulgence meal on Friday looked exactly the same as almost every other indulgence meal in the last three months: Cava and Crumbl cookies (A girl loves what a girl loves!)!

The difficulty, this past week, came from a couple days of travel, mingled with Crumbl cookies that remained on the counter days after the indulgence meal was past. I always seem to find it really difficult to bounce back from the indulgence meal: permissiveness one meal, and then re-embracing the strict strategy mindset immediately after. Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but It feels kind of cruel to myself to say “yes” one minute, and “no” the next.

It’s all about reshaping my thoughts to see the indulgence meal for what it is, a reset, a quick break, a single circumstance treat.

I need to recognize the quick jump back into strategic eating as the course I WANT to take in order to succeed at my goals. But I’m human, and there’s still so much a part of me that would be quite happy with buying the party size box of cookies and eating them all myself…in one sitting… But don’t worry. I didn’t do that. I did however allow for a quarter, or a half of a cookie for the following few days after the indulgence meal.

Most of the days ended too uncomfortably close to my maintenance calorie target. I knew that I needed to reset, so I ended this week with a 38 hour intermittent fast. That always helps me to shed the sugar cravings, as well as reseting my focus on the course of eating which will lead me to success.

Anyway, here’s one of my food journal entries from this last week.

I chose Saturday, March 20th to share here, because it was one of the most “normal” days of eating. The rest can be found at the bottom of this post.

Week 12 Bioelectrical Impedance Results:

I’m starting to see a pattern with my Bioelectrical Impedance readings. Do you remember back in week 4 and week 8 when my weight didn’t change much, but everything else (body water, dry lean mass, body fat mass, muscle mass, and Body fat percentage) changed drastically, but then went back to a more realistically gradual pace the following week? Do you remember how I chalked it up to the machine’s 4 percent margin of error? I’m beginning to wonder if, maybe, I’ve been at a certain point in my menstrual cycle on week 4, 8, and 12, where water weight increases and all the rest of the readings are confused?

Back in December of 2019, I had a hysterectomy, so I no longer have periods. Because of this, I don’t know exactly where I would be in my menstrual cycle (if I still had periods). I do still ovulate and get a tiny bit crampy and irritable, so I know the cycle still exists; but I don’t know if this current theory could be legit, or if I need to do more research to find out why these results have been wonky every 4 weeks. Anyway, enough of this girl stuff talk. As I did in weeks 5 and 9, next week I’ll compare both this week’s and next week’s results in the post.

But let’s talk about this week. My weight still decreased by almost a pound. And that was even with my less than perfect food consumption!

Check it out:

My total body weight: 128.1 lbs. (Decrease of 0.9 pounds since last week, and a total decrease of 14.8 lbs. since start date).

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition:

  • Total Body water: 78.1 lbs (Increase of 2 lbs. since last week. Total of 0.2 lbs. decrease since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 28.2 lbs. (Increase of 0.6 lbs. since last week. Decrease of 0.3 lbs. since first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 21.2 lbs. (This was a 3.5 lb. decrease from last week. Total of 14.3 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60 lbs (Increase of 1.8 lbs. from last week. Exact same as first assessment).
  • BMI: 22 (Decrease of 0.1 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 2.5 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 16.6% (This decreased by 2.6% from last week. Total of 8.2% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1417 calories (This decreased by 33 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2187 calories
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1560 calories (I’m keeping this target range the same, but allowing for a couple hundred extra calories to be consumed if I find that I’m more active than could be considered moderate.)

For more info on Bioelectrical Impedance, check out this link here.

Week 12 Measuring tape results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 1/4 inches (Same last week, and down 2 1/2 inches from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 21 1/4 inches (Same as last week, and down 1 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 37 inches (Same as last week, Down 6 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 36 3/8 inches (Down 3/8 since last week. Down 3 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 33 1/2 inches (Same as last week, and down 2 3/8 inches from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 31 1/4 inches (Down 1/2 inch from last week, and down 4 inches from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 5/8 inches (Same as last week. Down 11/8 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 39 7/8 inches (Same as last week. Down 5/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 10 7/8 inches (Same as last week, and down 5/8 inch from first measurement).

It’s pretty weird how one week one area will decrease while other areas don’t budge, then the next week a different area shrinks drastically while previous week’s progress areas don’t change. That has been the case through this whole three months process.

This is what my workouts looked like:

Summary:

I believe that the scale weight is accurate. I saw some more decreases with the tape measure. But I am not sure how much stock to place on the bioelectrical impedance readings…

As in times past, I want to emphasize that perfection is not a requirement for weight loss success. If you look close at my food journals, you’ll see how much I veered from the “perfect” plan. All that matters is that I stayed the course. I used strategies to fight a little bit harder after the days where I was a little bit more “loose” with my food choices. Sometimes we have to do that. We shouldn’t be obsessive, because that is an unhealthy extreme. But when fighting for our desired outcomes, there are times and seasons where we need to “rein it in” a little tighter.

I’m happy with my trajectory. I’m eager to tell the world that you, too, can accomplish your own weight loss mountains. I know you can!

That’s it for now. Talk to you soon!


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of The Week:

Friday, March 19:

Indulgence meal day. I only tracked my food in the first part of the day. I can assure you the rest of the day was liberating, delicious, and a bit rebellious because it turned into far more than the one indulgence meal! No regrets!

Sunday, March 21:

Monday, March 22:

Tuesday, March 23:

Wednesday, March 24:

This was the day that I fasted the whole day (beginning at 9:00 pm the day before, and ending at 11:00 am the day after, 38 hours total).

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Thursday, March 25

Week 2 weigh in: This is why women shouldn’t weigh themselves weekly

Let me start by saying I am actually enjoying this blogging process far more than I anticipated. I feel like I’m back in those days of having a tiny little baby. Do you remember feeling so excited to see your newborn baby in the morning, or when they woke up from a nap? This experience can’t even compare to that on the same level, but I am catching glimpses of that same excitement of nurturing a little one. My thoughts are dominated with, “what am I going to write about today?” and “how can I best share what’s in my mind and heart on the topics of weight loss, fitness, and nutrition so that it can help someone else on their own journey?” I’m learning my limits, and working to implement systems. One of the systems that I’m implementing, moving forward, is to make Thursdays my weekly results post days. I’ve actually been taking my measurements on Thursdays through this whole process, I’m just moving up the day that I “reveal” my weekly results.

Now, I’m really excited about this week’s weigh in because I get to show you what the real process of weight loss looks like, and why the scale isn’t our best measure of progress. This week, I’ve followed the plan to a “T” (What a weird phrase… I should research why “a T” means exactness…) and I actually weigh more than I did last week. It is at this point that many people get discouraged and assume their efforts aren’t working. But the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. The information we get from the scale is simply the total weight of our body. Most scales won’t tell you all of the different components contributing to our total weight such as body fat, muscle mass, water weight, bone/dry lean mass, etc. (You can actually purchase a “smarter scale” such as the Renpho scale which will measure your weight, BMI, body fat content, and muscle mass. It will also store your biometrics (aka measurements, in an app on your phone.) I’m a firm believer that women should only step on a scale once a month, unless you have one of these more advanced scales to give you more specific information.

There are a few factors that might contribute to why you have increased your total weight even if you’ve been following all the rules for weight loss.

  1. You might be retaining water at certain stages in their menstrual cycle.
  2. You might have increased your muscle mass.
  3. You might have had an indulgence meal, or eaten a higher carbohydrate quantity than normal and you’re retaining a bit of extra water.
  4. You might have had a drink of water close to your weigh in.

I believe my water weight is up this week for all of these reasons except the third. I’m happy to say that I have stuck to my plan, and have not had an indulgence meal or increased carbohydrates.

Now on to my weekly results.

First we start with the before and after pictures from the last two weeks:

End of week 2: Before and After pictures

Here is my food journal from myfitnesspal from last Saturday. The rest of the week’s food journal pictures will be shared at the end of this post. For the most part, I followed the week 2 meal plan. Although, I believe that most days I ate one less meal than was suggested on the meal plan. Just like last week, the food may have been logged in a different order than it was actually consumed. But the food quantities are correct.

Week 2 bioelectrical impedence assessment results:

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition:

My total body weight: 139.8 lbs (That’s up a half a pound since last week! Total of 3.1 lbs. lost since start date).

  • Total Body water: 79.5 lbs. (This actually increased by a whole pound. Total of 1.2 lb. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 29.7 lbs. (Increase of .7 lbs. Remember that this includes muscle and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 30.6 lbs. (1.1 lbs less than last week. Total of 4.9 lbs. lost since start date)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60.8 lbs. (Increase of .4 lbs from last week. Total of .8 lb. increase in muscle since start date)
  • BMI: 24 (Thanks to increased water weight and muscle, this actually increase by .1, this week. Total BMI decrease of .5 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 22% (Decrease of .8 from last week. Total of 2.8% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1438 calories. (This actually increased by 15 calories, meaning I burn an extra 15 calories per day at rest!)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2232 calories.  (Because my BMR increased, this number increased by 33 calories from last week)
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1700 calories. (I decided to decrease last week’s target of 1800 calories to 1700 calories. I never ate over 1700 calories in a day, besides today (but I did workout twice today, so I felt like I needed a little bit more). I was plenty satiated, and never felt deprived staying between 1500 and 1700 calories per day. Also, I’m anticipating an indulgence meal at the end of this next week, so I kind of want to be conservative throughout the rest of the week and not stretch to the top of my calorie range).  

Week 2 measuring tape results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 1/2 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 1/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 22 5/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, and down 3/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 39 7/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, Down 3 3/8 inches from first measurement. I’m still highly convinced that the first week’s measurement was a measuring tape user error. I might just go off of week 1’s hip measurements moving forward.).
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 38 1/2 inches (This measurement stayed the same from last week. Down 7/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 35 5/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 1/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 34 5/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 3/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 37 ¾ inches (no change here since the beginning. The ladies aren’t wanting to budge. I’m a tiny bit surprised by this…but my hubby is happy!)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 40 3/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 11 5/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from first measurement).

This is what my workouts looked like:

My rest day was Sunday, and I ended up skipping a workout on Monday. I made up for it by doing two workouts today.

That’s it for today. Progress is being made. I love the way that I feel with all of these healthy and delicious meals I’ve been eating. I’m feeling focused and ready to tackle another week. The one thing I am going to focus on improving upon is getting around 8 hours of sleep. I’ve been falling short at 6 hours most nights of the week. Here’s to self improvement, and taking it one step at a time!

Talk to you soon! (In case you care to see what I ate the rest of the week, it’s posted at the bottom:

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Sunday:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday (today):

(I did an intermittent fast, today, so I didn’t actually eat until lunch time. But I still consumed plenty of food!)

You Are About to be Qualified to be Considered Among My CLOSEST Friends!

I mean, we’re about to be really, really close…  My husband is pretty much the only person who ever sees my belly button, so you and I are legit taking our friendship to the next level in this post!

I’m seriously crossing some comfort level barriers with this “bare all” experiment. As a general rule, I live by a standard of modest dress because I believe that my body is a temple. I believe that I show my body the respect it deserves both in how I take care of it, but also in the way I present it. My body is a gift, and it doesn’t serve me well to flaunt it and flash all the parts for the world to see (That being said, that is my rule for myself. I have zero problems, or judgement with the way that others present themselves through their dress standards).  All this being the case, the fact that I’m about to show you pictures of me in my workout clothes, makes me want to hide a little bit.  But I have great faith that this is not only going to change my life for the good, but also someone else who might be reading along on this undertaking.  I know that I really do appreciate a good before and after picture of other people’s progress, so here we are.  

AHHHHHHHH!!! OK…I Did it…I can breathe now! 

So this is me at my starting point: January 1, 2021. As I show you how to lose the last 15 pounds, I will be using three tools to measure my progress each week:

  • First, pictures from the front, side, back, and zoomed in on “problem areas” (think “love handles”, back fat, etc.).   
  • Second, a bioelectrical impedance machine. This is an assessment that I have done at my rec center. This test analyzes my body composition (you will see the details of that below). If your gym or rec-center doesn’t offer this, you can often get this done at a Max Muscle or similar retail store (a quick Google search should give you a location). 
  • Third, I’ll be using a measuring tape to take body measurements (You can get one for cheap here on Amazon). 

With all that said, here are my first results from the bioelectrical impedance machine.

  • My total body weight: 142.9 lbs (That’s ⅓ of a pound shy of me falling into the overweight category).

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition:

  • Total Body water: 78.3 lbs.
  • Dry lean mass: 29.1 lbs. 
  • Body fat mass: 35.5 lbs. 
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60 lbs.
  • BMI: 24.5 This is your Body Mass Index. It is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight (We don’t really care too much about BMI in my world. We’ll talk more about that later).
  • Body fat percentage: 24.8 This is your total amount of fat in your body as a percentage of your total mass (Keep in mind this includes both essential body fat and storage body fat (My goal is to end somewhere around 16% body fat).
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1423 calories. This is the amount of calories that I burn daily just through being alive, organs functioning, etc. It’s the amount that the body burns at rest. I should never eat this few of calories because it is not sustainable.  (Think: invitation for binge episodes!)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2454 calories.  This number will change based on my level of activity.  Assuming that I will be getting heavy exercise 6 days per week, I calculate my BMR by 1.725 to find my TDEE.  This is the amount of calories I should consume each day if I want to stay the exact same weight that I currently am.  To lose weight, I should subtract 200-300 calories below the TDEE as a beginning calorie target range.
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 2150 calories. This number is always adaptable.  By sticking close to this target range for a whole week, next week’s body composition assessment will indicate if I am on the right track, or if I should subtract even more calories. 

Here are my measuring tape results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 ¾ inches
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 23 inches
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 43 inches
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 39 ⅜ inches
  • Right below my muffin top: 35 ⅞ inches
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 35 ¼ inches
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 37 ¾ inches
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 40 ½ inches
  • Biceps: I forgot to measure my right bicep (My bad! I’ll start doing that next week)

Since today was New Year’s day, and between ringing in the new year and being amped over starting this new adventure, I only had three hours of sleep and as such I didn’t really have a set plan to follow (who can relate?!). But that didn’t mean I threw everything out the window! My only goal was to eat in a way that I would feel good about showing all of you, and get all my vegetables in. I did an unintentional intermittent fast since I didn’t eat my first meal until around noon. I also didn’t exercise because I had a pounding headache most of the day (this is why we don’t binge on caffeine, and allow ourselves “last meals” before starting a weight loss program). At the end of the day, I was definitely below my target calories for the day (see the pics from My Fitness Pal). 

Alright! Day one is in the books and I could not be more excited to get this started! I am going to end my night by grabbing myself a serving of 95% dark chocolate, to add in a little treat and an extra 200 calories before bed.

And don’t forget, no matter where you are starting in your transformation, today is the day that you begin your journey to lose that last 15 pounds.

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