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Week 20 Weigh In: Every Food Action Has A Consequence

I tell you what, the food has been LEGIT TASTY this WHOLE last week! And I’m not talking about the kind of food that LillieEatsandTells makes which helps in the process of weight loss through macronutrient counting. I’m talking about the stuff that our taste buds can’t get enough of, that we probably eat in too large of quantities, and that make us feel like our rolls are expanding at an undesirable rate!

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The hubby and I spent the weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, learning how to implement the process of “becoming financially free in 10 years or less” through real-estate. (It was a great educational experience, and we’re really excited to go down that road.) But while we were away…and since we’ve been back… the food choices have been at the opposite end of strategic.

MY GOODNESS!!!

I am having the hardest time being willing to pull myself together! I even picked up Crumbl cookies (and ate more than my fair share) today, even after my weigh in revealed that I’m on a trajectory away from the results that I want. (Perhaps it was an emotional reaction to undesirable results? I know… I know… Counter productive).

Uggh… And even though my exercise has been on point, the saying goes, “you can’t out exercise a ‘bad’ diet”.

You’re welcome for the visual!

So here I am, pondering how I can turn this into a teaching moment for you. As I was growing up, my dad seemed to frequently remind my sisters and I that EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE. (I remember him saying that often, but I guess I don’t remember why. I must have enjoyed all my actions too much and not cared about consequences… until it was time for them to show up… hmmmm, not much has changed with that)!

Actions and Consequences

It’s simple, really. You make the sacrifices of not eating the foods (or quantities of foods) that usually contribute to weight maintenance or gain, and you slowly see the results that you’re working towards. In contrast, if you allow yourself to say “yes” to the non-strategic foods, it’ll become that much harder to maintain the necessary mindsets to see your goals realized. And if you have binge eating tendencies like me, saying yes once can QUICKLY escalate to a “bag it all, I’m eating all of it” ending.

In the results below, you’ll see that I’m teaching you exactly how to gain weight! But I really want to turn this around so that I can show you just how quickly body composition improves when the body is properly nurtured with nothing but power foods from whole sources, in a macronutrient and calorie range it can thrive on. Not only that, I’ve invited some inflammation into my body with the excess sugars, diet sodas, and processed foods. I can feel it in the headaches, sluggishness, and bloat/gassiness (TMI?).

Here I am, making a commitment to show you how weight loss is achieved. I’m not embracing any extreme diets. I’m going to commit to eating within the calorie deficit that I have seen success in, and yet not starved in. I’m also committing to the macronutrient range that I have felt really good in (high protein, moderate fat, low carb). Mark my words… next week’s results are going to be awesome because my actions are going to reap the consequences that are conducive with my weight loss goals!

Alright, confessions/lesson/pep talk/commitment time is over. Here are the results from this week’s weigh in.

End of Week 20 Before and After Pictures:

Week 20 Food Journal:

I will fully own the fact that my food journaling was inadequate this last week. I started each day keeping a record of my food consumption. I think, more than anything, I just didn’t want to know. So I gave up part way through the day. If any of my food journal entries, at the bottom of the page seem unnaturally low on food. You can probably safely assume that food consumption was well into a weight gain range on those days. It is what it is. It’s happened, and we’re moving on with our life… Best foot forward, here on out!

Here’s the food journal entry from last Friday, May 14th.

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

Bioelectrical Impedance Results:

My total body weight: 133.6 lbs. (Increase of 4.8 pounds since last week. Total decrease of 9.3 lbs. since start date).

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

  • Total Body water: 82 lbs (Increase of 2.6 lbs from last week. Total of 3.7 lbs. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 30.4 lbs. (Increase of 0.8 lbs. since last week. Increase of 1.3 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 1.4 lb. increase from last week. Total of 14.3 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 63.3 lbs (Increase of 2.2 lbs since last week. Increase of 3.3 lbs since first weigh in).
  • BMI: 22.9 (Increase of .8 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 1.6 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 15.8% (This increased by .4% from last week. Total of 9% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1437 calories (This increased by 36 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2283 calories on moderate exercise weeks. 2541 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 20 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 inches (Up 1/2 inch from last week, Down 6 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 36 1/2 inches (Up 1/2 inch from last week. Down 3 1/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 32 5/8 inches (Up 1/8 inch from last week, and down 2 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 32 1/4 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week, and down 3 1/8 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 5/8 inches (Same as last week. Down 7/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 10 5/8 inches (Same as last week, and down 7/8 inch from first measurement).

This is What My Workouts Looked Like:

Summary:

The bioelectrical impedance displayed a significant increase in total body weight (+4.8 lbs), water weight (+2.6 lbs), body fat mass (+1.4 lbs), and muscle mass (+2.2 lbs). I’m confident that the In-body machine’s margin of error is on it’s higher end, simply in the amount of muscle it is saying that I’ve gained since last week. I’m not surprised by the increase in water weight or fat. The measuring tape revealed a slight expansion in my hips, booty, muffin top, and belly button line.

This last week there were the wrong kind of consequences. I’m feeling more and more excited about embracing the actions which will lead to all of the right kind of consequences- weight loss, decreasing inflammation, more energy, and overall feeling good.

Talk to you soon!


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of the Week:

Saturday, May 15

Sunday, May 16

Monday, May 17

Tuesday, May 18

Wednesday, May 19 (Yesterday)

Thursday, May 20 (Today)

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Week 18 Weigh In: The Secret to Your Fit Mom Bod (Hint: It’s Not Perfection)!

They say that losing the last 15 pounds is the hardest. It’s not that the body doesn’t know what to do, or how to lose weight. The difficulty lies in the mental toughness and patience required to eat and exercise in a consistent strategy. STRATEGY being the operative word. I’m asked, somewhat frequently, what the best diet is for weight loss. The answer is that it’s the one you can stick to… consistently. Take note that I didn’t say “perfectly”. That’s the first step to your fit mom body.

Losing the last fifteen pounds requires time, good nutrition, sufficient protein and veggies, some carbs and fats (but in controlled amounts and timing), calorie deficits, exercise (HIIT circuits are highly efficient for fat loss and muscle growth), and patience. I am now on week 18, 4 and a half months, into my weight loss journey. I still estimate another month or two of weight loss effort before I reach the point that I want to maintain.

Could I have done it faster? Sure, had I not gone on vacation, allowed myself the occasional trips to Cava and Crumbl, or stole bites of Progeny #3’s PB& J sandwiches or fishy crackers. But living life and enjoying it is important to me, and I’ve been able to show through my journey that you can still live life and lose weight at the same time. You just have to keep working at it. That’s all. None of this, “I’ll start over on Monday”. You have moments where you enjoy the tastier food, and then you ensure that 80% of the rest of the time your actions are aligned with your goals. That’s where success lies!

Alright… moving on. Here are the results of my 18th’s week of this weight loss journey.

End of Week 18 Before and After Pictures:

Week 18 Food Journal:

You know, I didn’t feel like my food intake was stellar this week. There have been plenty of moments where “taboo” food items made their way into my mouth without me making any effort to stop them. (Because that’s how this works, right? We are victims because all the foods taste so good, and we have no agency as to what actually ends up being consumed by us!?!? Wrong!).

Actually, here’s a fun confession… about 68% off the less strategic/non “power foods” that show up on my food journals tend to not get logged until a day or two after I eat them. Call it human nature, my naturally defiant tendencies. But sometimes I just wanna eat the non-nutritious stuff and not have to tell the world about it. Of coarse, I always remember that I ate it. And after I take some time to make peace with the fact that I promised to be transparent about all of my food choices while on this weight loss/blogging journey it’ll go down in myfitnesspal. Written in stone…

Anyway… I made it work with both the healthy stuff and the non-strategic (yet tasty) stuff. I’ve focused on plenty of proteins, veggies, fiber, exercise, and calorie consumption that came in just short enough to still be in a calorie deficit. But also, goldfish crackers, sugar cereal, apple pie, animal cookies, homemade wheat bread with butter and honey, etc.

I guess, if anything, I want you to learn that there are certain principles to implement when it comes to weight loss (i.e. calorie deficit, eating mostly nutritious foods, eat your body weight (or goal weight) in grams of protein and 6-8 servings of veggies, don’t have “cheat days”, don’t “start over on Monday”, stay consistent with your nutrition approach, keep a food journal, or learn to eat intuitively, etc.).

But, perfection isn’t necessary. Extreme dieting isn’t necessary. Obsessive behavior isn’t necessary. Being as consistent as possible with those weight loss principles is an absolute must. That means no cheat weekends. But an indulgence meal or sugary treat here and there is perfectly acceptable!

Anyway, here is yesterday’s food journal entry (Thursday, May 7). Entries from the rest of the week can be found at the bottom of this page.

Bioelectrical Impedance Results:

My total body weight: 129.9 lbs. (Decrease of .6 pounds since last week. Total decrease of 13 lbs. since start date).

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

  • Total Body water: 78.9 lbs (Same as last week. Total of 1.1 lbs. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 29.4 lbs. (Increase of 0.1 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: 21.6 lbs. (This was a .7 lb. decrease from last week. Total of 13.9 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60.8 lbs (Same as last week. Increase of .8 lbs since first weigh in).
  • BMI: 22.3 (Decrease of 0.1 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 2.9 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 16.7% (This decreased by .3% from last week. Total of 8.1% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1430 calories (This decreased by 1 calorie.)
  • 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 18 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 (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 1 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 36 3/4 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, Down 6 1/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 36 inches (Same as last week. Down 3 5/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 32 7/8 inches (Down 1/4 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 3 inches from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 1/2 inches (Dow 1/8 inch from last week. Down 11/4 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 (Same as last week, and down 7/8 inch from first measurement).

This is What My Workouts Looked Like:

Summary:

I’m still inching towards my end goal. Really more like 1/8 of an inch”ing”. But that’s normal! I dropped just over a half pound of fat, this week. The measuring tape showed a decrease by either 1/8 or 1/4 inch in my thighs, hips, stomach and chest. Slow and steady. These last 5 or so pounds are sure to take their time, so 1/2 pound per week is worth celebrating. (Even 1/8 of a pound is worth celebrating when it’s moving in the right direction.)

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


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of the Week:

Thursday, April 29:

Friday, April 30:

Saturday, May 1 (Indulgence meal in the evening was not recorded):

Sunday, May 2 (I fasted this day, low food consumption was a bit lower):

Monday, May 3:

Tuesday, May 4:

Wednesday, May 5:

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Week 13 Weigh in: Loving Yourself Means There’s No Room For Regret!

Spoiler Alert: This week was not a weight loss week, and I’m 100% okay with that. As I mentioned the other day, my brain has been trying hard to be in vacation mode before I actually leave on vacation. My actions have been slightly more aligned with my goals in the last couple days. But not enough for me to see improvement in my weekly results.

Let’s talk about regret!

I listened to a podcast episode from Jody Moore on the topic of regret that I think you should go listen to immediately after you finish reading this post! My take away was that regret is not a productive feeling. Unless you have a time machine to go and change the past, regret does us no good! We can look at regret as feedback. It’s simply telling us that we are momentarily torn between two morals, ideals, or matters that seem most important to us in the moment. We should not feel guilt over it and it isn’t something we should beat ourselves up over. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize and put to words the two ideals that we are juggling. Acknowledge them, and say “Thank you for the information.” We then recognize the greater priority in the moment (forward progression), make peace with the decision of which ideal we chose to favor in the past, and then proceed with our best efforts towards our end goals!

I am choosing to recognize that my eating decisions of this past week were very delicious.

I allowed myself some snacks that I haven’t eaten in a really long time (my sister’s amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe, chocolate covered raspberries, cheddar and sour cream potato chips, etc.). With those decisions, though, I’m not allowing these types of thoughts: “Why did I do that? I wish I hadn’t. Now the scale is up, and I look and feel a little bloated…”.

No way! Instead, I’m choosing to treat myself the way I’d treat a best friend. I’m feeding myself thoughts of, “How good were those cookies? So good! I think I’m going to choose not to eat those today, though. I’m going to analyze why I felt like I needed those snacks when I did (and the quantity I ate them in). And yes, I feel a little bit inflamed today and yes the scale is up a little bit today and that’s okay. I can handle all of that because I know how to fix the natural consequences of those food choices.”


I believe that life should be lived, and part of that living includes learning from our more human tendencies.

Just like the next gal, I appreciate good tasting food- not just the strictly healthy stuff. I believe that there is a time and place for those foods. I believe that my efforts should be my very best. On occasion, like this week, my very best looks more like weight maintenance rather than weight loss. It’s worth celebrating that I didn’t fall into my old cycles of all out binge eating after allowing myself a little bit of leniency in my snacking, this week.

And what do I do now instead of beating myself up and dwelling on regrets of my past week? I keep working to be conscious of my decisions and to be intentional with my eating. I ask myself, who do I want to be today, and I live like that version of myself. Don’t quit! Just consistently keep moving forward. That’s how we reach our goals- not allowing any room for regret!

I want you to offer yourself the same kind of kindness! Will you?

Alright, let’s get the the weekly results.

End of Week 13 Before and After Pictures:

Week 13 Food Journal:

No avoiding the truth on this one. The food was delicious and abundant. And exceeded the quantity and quality conducive to weight loss. It is what it is. Let’s pick something to celebrate. How about the fact that I ate enough protein and fiber all week! Can’t complain about that!

Here’s the food journal from last Friday, March 26. All of the rest of the week’s food logs can be found at the bottom of this post.

Week 13 Bioelectrical Impedance Results:

I’m continuing to test my hypothesis that some wild physiological changes have occurred on weeks 4, 8, and 12. For this reason, I’m going to be comparing today’s results with that of both weeks 11 and 12.

My total body weight: 131.4 lbs. (Increase of 3.3 pounds since last week, and an increase of 2.4 lbs since week 11. Total decrease of 11.5 lbs. since start date).

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

  • Total Body water: 79.8 lbs (Increase of 1.7 lbs. since last week and increase of 3.7 lbs since week 11. Total of 1.5 lbs. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 29.8 lbs. (Increase of 1 lbs. since last week, and increase of 1.6 lbs since week 11. Increase of 0.7 lbs. since first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 21.8 lbs. (This was a 0.6 lb. increase from last week, and still a 2.9 lb decrease from week 11. Total of 13.7 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 61.3 lbs (Increase of 1.3 lbs. from last week and increase of 3.1 lbs from week 11. Increase of 1.3 lbs since first weigh in).
  • BMI: 22.5 (Increase of 0.5 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 2 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 16.6% (This is the same as last week and decreased by 2.6% from week 11. Total of 8.2% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1444 calories (This increased by 27 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2187 calories (This will be my calorie target range while I’m on vacation in Florida, next week)
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1600 calories (I’ll be coming back to this calorie goal after I come back from my trip.)

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

Week 13 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 1/2 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week, and down 1 1/2 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 1/4 inches (Down 1/8 inch since last week. Down 3 1/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 33 3/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 2 1/2 inches from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 32 inches (Up 3/4 inch from last week, and down 3 1/4 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 5/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from Last week. Down 7/8 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).

This is what my workouts looked like:

The Myzone system recorded tonight’s Zone class weird. Between 5:35 pm and 7:00 pm, I actually burned around 750 calories (give or take a bit).

Summary:

So, big increase in water weight in the last two weeks. This could be due to where I am in my menstrual cycle. It could also be because I have been liberal with my consumption of carbohydrates. If you look at all the food logs, you’ll see that there were only one or two days where I stayed below the recommended amount of sugar. My muscle mass and dry lean mass actually increased, significantly (Here’s a teaching moment: If increasing your muscle mass is your main goal, a calorie deficit isn’t in your best interest. Muscle mass increases when your calorie intake is higher, paired with muscle strengthening exercises). I also gained a little more than a half a pound of fat. I’m not hung up on this, because my measuring tape measurements still showed a slight decrease in some areas.

I am definitely not calling this week a loss. Just a slow down, and I really am okay with it.

I’ll come back in a day or two and lay out my strategy for weight maintenance while on vacation. I don’t mind having an intentional break from weight loss. I just want to show you that I will not be gaining weight either!

Talk to you soon!


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of the Week:

Saturday, March 27:

Sunday, March 28:

Monday, March 29:

Tuesday, March 30:

Wednesday, March 31 (yesterday):

Thursday, April 1 (Today):

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Workout Wednesday: Back Day! 7 Great Back Muscle Exercises

Why on earth would you possibly need to spend time strengthening your back? I’m so glad you asked!

Our back muscles do so much for us. They help us maintain good posture. They provide us with stability and help us maintain balance. Ever have a sick toddler that wants you to do nothing but carry them around all day? A strong back will allow you to do so without tiring out. Having a back full of muscle even allows you to carry heavier loads (like your child as they continue to grow bigger).

The main muscles of the back include the latissimus dorsi (aka the lats),  rhomboids, trapezius, and erector spinae. These muscles provide our body with power. They also play a role in our movement of the shoulders, arms, and hips. In addition to this, they keep our body upright and provide some stability to our hips and lower back. Because of the essential role that the back muscles play, strengthening these specific muscles is an absolute necessity!

If aesthetics are your priority, strengthening your back will also provide you with a trimmer waist line and set the stage for the hourglass figure.

If you’re more interested in the scientific aspect of balanced muscles throughout the whole body, there is a counterpart to every muscle contained in the body. For example, the quadriceps and the hamstrings, biceps and triceps, upper back with chest, and the lower back is the counterpart for the abdominals. This being the case if you want to create a six pack, you need to work your lower back to provide the strength needed to perform abdominal exercises. If you don’t have the lower back strength, it can be difficult to properly perform leg raises, planks, crunches, etc. The back provides the means and support to do the movements which strengthen the abs and core muscles. Likewise, for substantial chest muscle strength, it is requisite that we work our upper back muscles.

Functionally, those who sit down for hours on end might be facing back pain and untrained posture. Especially if you are hunched over a computer as part of your work. Training your back muscles on a regular basis is the way to fight off poor posture and subsequent back pain. Strong back muscles are essential and directly correlated to good posture.

Enough talk. Let’s workout!

For this week’s workout, you’ll need a Yoga Ball, some dumbbells, a mini band and a long band, and make sure you have a door anchor! Perform the following seven exercises with 10-12 repetitions and 3-4 sets. Rest for 30-60 seconds between sets.

As you perform each exercise, really focus on pulling back until you can feel the muscles actively engaging. Keep your core muscles tight throughout.

The exercises:

Yoga Ball Reverse Leg Raise:

Supermans:

Kneeling Dumbbell Single Arm Row: (10-12 repetitions on each side)

Bent Over Reverse Fly:

Bent Over Row:

Mini Band Lat Pull Down:

Long Band Face Pull:

That’s it for today! If you like what you see, make sure to like and subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more work outs! Happy workout!

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Core Workout

Workout Wednesday: Abs and Core

I remember back when I was pregnant and I struggled with simple, every day, things like climbing up the stairs and getting in and out of our tall bed. Man, that was rough! That was because my core strength was completely shot as I grew babies in my belly. After having babies, it took months of solid effort to rebuild the core strength so that my functional fitness was up to par.

Did you know that you use your core muscle for EVERYTHING from moving between sitting to standing, climbing up the stairs, lifting up your babies or your groceries? As you strengthen your core muscles, you’ll have a greater capacity for all of your fitness endeavors, whether it’s to lift weights in the gym or train for a marathon. Even if having a six pack isn’t a goal of yours, you’ll thank yourself for putting in the time and effort to have a strong core.

You guys, I did something big this week!

Big for me anyway. I took baby steps to let go of a fixed mindset about refusing to be in front of a camera! I’m embracing the idea of getting over my stage fright to be in my own exercise demonstration videos (Letting go of fixed mindsets is always a good idea as it provides us with the opportunity to grow and become a better version of ourself).

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So each of the exercise videos, below, are brought to you by yours truly (And my dear girlfriend behind the camera!)! I also have a YouTube channel now! I’m going to go ahead a say it… if you like what you see, go ahead and like and subscribe to my channel (insert winky face here)!

This week’s workout:

This core workout requires the use of a single weight (you can use a dumbbell, kettlebell, medicine ball, gallon of milk, etc). You’ll also need a yoga ball. Here’s one that you can pick up from Amazon for under $20! If you don’t have a yoga mat, here’s one you can also pick up on Amazon. The last thing you will need is a weight bench, plyometric box, piano bench, or stair.

For the workout, you have eight exercises. I’m going to give you two options for how to perform this workout:

  1. A high intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit. Perform each exercise in consecutive order for 45-60 seconds. Rest 15 seconds before moving on to the next exercise on the list. Perform the whole circuit 1-4 times for a complete workout.
  2. Perform 3-4 sets of 12 repetitions of each individual exercise. This type of workout focuses on one exercise at a time, and allows for more rest breaks.

Your Core Exercises:

A-Frame Russian Twist:

Plank-Ups:

Plank Jacks:

Leg Raise With Hip Twist: (Rotate your hips every time your legs are up. Rotate right, middle, and left).

Side Plank Hip Dips: (On feet or knees)

Yoga ball Ab Switch:

Yoga ball knee tucks:

Bench V-ups: (Can be performed on the floor, too)

And there you have it, a full core workout! Come back tomorrow for my week 9 weigh in results!

Talk to you soon!

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Week 4 Weigh in: Big Changes to Body Composition…But Not Weight

Another week has come and gone, and I’m four weeks into this project! I feel like I’m not to the point, yet, where all of these efforts have become second nature. But I’m willing to keep working on it! I’m happy to say that I’ve pushed through many moments of food temptation, without giving in. Although imperfect, I’m happy with my efforts. I’ve made progress in how I feel, and I’ve also made progress which is now visible! I’m super excited about that, and can’t wait to see what the next four weeks brings! Let’s get right to it!

End of week 4: Before and After pictures

Week 4 food journal:

I’m placing today’s food log here. If you really care to see how I ate the rest of the week, those logs can be found at the bottom of this post. As always, it is highly likely that I ate the food in a different order than it was logged. But the foods I ate were all measured, and logged as accurately as possible.

There were many moments where I had to give myself a pep talk to stay on plan with my food intake, this week. I actually found things really difficult on Saturday, the day after my indulgence meal. It felt like I was playing a cruel trick on myself because I was super permissive with food the night before. It felt really challenging to go back into strict strategy mode. But I did it! I did eat a couple extra hundred calories on Saturday, but I’m not very concerned about that.

Then today, when I took Progeny #1 to the drive through at Chic-fil-A, I had to think through what I wanted more between a couple of his waffle fries or continued forward progression. My will power to win at this weight loss game won out. All it required was for me to be mindful of my ultimate desire rather than my desire in the moment.

Monday, I switched my macros to the even lower carbohydrates. My body seemed to really respond to that. I did find myself to be hungrier. I’m wondering if I should incorporate more intermittent fasts as my body adapts to this new macronutrient target range. That way I can eat slightly larger meals, less frequently, until my body adapts to utilizing more fats as energy rather than carbs. We’ll see…

Also, I know I said in the week 4 meal plan post that I was gravitating towards dairy free. I still find myself struggling to commit to that. And I do believe that it can prove to have positive health benefits. I am just a bit anxious about nurturing the part of my brain that thinks thoughts about food prison. And I want to avoid inviting in the binge tendency, so I’m somewhat easing into the no dairy thing. Maybe I’ll shoot for every other day without dairy to begin with.

Week 4 bioelectrical impedence assessment results:

The results, this week were pretty drastic. I went ahead and did some research on the bioelectrical impedance assessment accuracy. It looks as though there is a 4% margin of error in the accuracy of the results. I’m already excited for next Thursday’s weigh in to see if this week’s results did trend a bit toward that 4% error. Just look below, there were some huge changes in body composition. I can’t help wondering, is too good to be true? I’m just telling you what the InBody report told me:

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

My total body weight: 136.5 lbs (Exact same as last week! Total of 6.4 lbs. lost since start date).

  • Total Body water: 81.8 lb. (This increased by a whopping 4.7 pounds since last week! Biggest water weight increase, yet! Total of 3.5lb. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 30 lb. (Increase of 1.2 lbs. since last week, and increase of .9 lb. since start date. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 24.7 lb. (This was a 5.9 lb decrease from last week! Total of 10.8 lb. lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 62.6 lb. (Increase of 3.3 lb. from last week. Total of 2.6 lb. increase in muscle since start date)
  • BMI: 23.4 (Same as last week. Total BMI decrease of 1.1 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 18% (This is down by 4.4% from last week. A big jump because of large increase in water weight and big drop in fat. Total of 6.7% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1465 calories (This increased by 58 calories. Increasing muscle means greater calorie burn at rest.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2267 calories (Because my BMR increased, this number increased by 86 calories from last week)
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1560 calories (This is the first week that I’m not adjusting this number. There were only two days, this last week that my end of the day calorie log came in lower than this number. With the excellent body composition change, this week, I see that I can still eat a bit more than 1560 calories and successfully lose fat, if I feel like I need it. If I don’t feel like I need to eat more than this calorie range, then I won’t.)

Week 4 measuring tape results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 3/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 3/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 22 1/2 inches (Same as last week, and down 1/2 inch from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 38 3/4 inches (Down 3/8 inch from last week, Down 4 1/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 37 3/4 inches (Down 5/8 inch from last week. Down 1 inch from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 35 inches (Down 5/8 inch from last week, and down 3/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 34 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week, and down 1 1/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 37 inches (Down 5/8 inch from last week. Down 1/4 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 40 1/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week. Down 3/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 11 1/4 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, and 1/4 inch from first measurement).

This is what my workouts looked like:

Summary

My results were pretty big, this week. The scale weight didn’t budge from last week, but I had these three huge shifts in my body composition: my water weight increased by 4.7 lb., I gained 3.3 lb. of muscle, and I lost 5.9 lb. fat. My body seemed to really respond to the shift in my macronutrient target range as I decreased my carbohydrates, and increased my fat consumption. Remember last week when I didn’t lose any fat? I made up for it this week with a large amount of fat loss. As mentioned above, these amounts seem drastic, almost too good to be true. So we’re open minded to the fact that this might be the effects of the 4% margin of error, and we’ll get a better idea when we view next week’s results.

FOOD JOURNALS

Friday, January 22

Reminder: This was my indulgence day. I only recorded my food intake up until my indulgence meal. One of the rules of the indulgence meal is that I get to have the liberation from logging my food. This provides a much needed mental break from the rigidity of this process. I wrote all about the indulgence meal here.

Saturday, January 23

Sunday, January 24

Monday, January 25

Tuesday, January 26

Wednesday, January 27