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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