Before and After

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 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:

Friday, April 23

Saturday, April 24

Sunday, April 25

Monday, April 26

Tuesday, April 27

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Week 7 Weigh In: The Post I’ve Dreaded Writing Since the Beginning of This Journey!

I have contemplated using so many different titles for this particular post! Here are some that I have come up with: “Do what I say, not what I do”, “Extra indulgences do not serve you well!”, “Two steps forward and one step back”, “A bad week was bound to happen some time”, “The week I wish I could go back and re-do, and “my worst results yet“.

Valentine's cookies

This week, I found myself exhibiting old tendencies. I allowed myself to over indulge on the Valentine’s cookies. (I do believe that hormones played a large role in my desire to eat all the things). Then I went to the opposite extreme with a 36 hour intermittent fast in order to offset my excessive eating, eliminate the sugar addiction which I had been nurturing, and get my mind and body back into a healthier atmosphere. This is the exact behavior that doesn’t serve us well. WE DO NOT NEED TO ACT IN EXTREMES IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY LOSE WEIGHT (I can’t decide if I just yelled that sentence at you or just me…). You’ll even see from my bioelectrical impedance and tape measure results, below, that I just ended my week slightly worse than last week.

The fast did serve its purpose. I do feel freed of the burning desire to ceaselessly eat all things sugar. My mind is clearer, and I feel ready to make food decisions with logic rather than emotions. I contemplated making it a 72 hour fast. But when I went to the gym for my own workout, early this morning, I had zero energy and the weights I usually lift felt heavier than normal. My workout was really only about 20 minutes vs. my normal 55-60 minutes. After three sets of the three exercise circuit I was doing, I decided I was finished and wanted to go pop into the grocery store, instead. I decided, then, that if I can’t even do the exercise that I love to do, then I have given sufficient time to my fast.

Enough of that. Let’s just get these results over with, shall we?

End of Week 7: Before and After Pictures

Week 7 Food Journal:

I’ve decided to go ahead and drop one of my less painful journal entries here. This is my entry from the day before my eating turned upside down. If you want to see the extent of my rebellion, go ahead and look at the rest of the food journal entries at the bottom of the page!

I’m going to be winging it with my food intake tomorrow. But I am committed to making all the numbers align to be within my target calorie and macronutrient range.

Week 7 bioelectrical impedance results:

It’s time to face the numbers…

My total body weight: 134.7 lbs (Up .4 lbs from the last week. Total of 8.2 lb. lost since start date).

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

  • Total Body water: 78.5 lb. (Decrease of 0.4 lbs since last week, and increase of 0.2 lbs since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 28.9 lb. (Decrease of 0.3 lbs since last week. Decrease of 0.2 lbs since my first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 27.3 lb. (This was a 1.1 lbs increase from last week. Total of 8.2 lbs of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60.2 lb. (Decrease of 0.4 lbs from last week. Total of 0.6 lbs increase in muscle since start date)
  • BMI: 23.1 (Increase of 0.1 since last week. Total BMI decrease of 1.4 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 20.3% (This increased by 0.8% from last week. Total of 4.5% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1422 calories (This decreased by 7 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2201 calories (This actually stayed the same from last week)
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1560 calories (I’m keeping this target range the same)

Week 7 Measuring Tape Results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 3/8 inches (Decreased 1/8 inch from last week, and down 1/2 inch from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 21 7/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, and down 1 1/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 38 1/2 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week, Down 4 1/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 37 1/8 inches (Same as last week. Down 2 1/4 inch from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 34 1/4 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week, and down 1 3/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 33 1/2 inches (Up 3/8 inch from last week, and down 1 3/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 7/8 inches (Up 1/4 inch from last week. Down 7/8 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 40 inches (Same as last week. Down 1/2 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 11 1/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, and 3/4 inch from first measurement).

I shrunk in some funny places, namely my calves and biceps, and expanded almost everywhere else! But with all of the ovarian cramping I’ve had yesterday and today, I’m convinced that my menstrual cycle factors into the events of this week (Wanting to eat EVERYTHING, and the extra bloat in my midsection. Or maybe I’m just trying to justify away my less than perfect behavior…)

This is What My Workouts Looked like:

Summary:

What’s done is done. I can’t change the past. The sky didn’t fall down with all of my extra indulgences. This week is simply a hiccup. I’ve had the privilege of gaining a very clear picture of the consequences of too much indulging. It’s also productive for me to see that 36 hours of fasting isn’t enough to erase three days of excessive eating. That erasing will only happen with my consistent, slow and steady, efforts at sticking with my nutrition plan. I’m fully committed. I’m mentally prepared to say a resounding “NO” to every tiny distraction that is hell-bent on derailing me. I will not be derailed. I want this badly! Also, I don’t want to have any other week in the future of my journey to turn out like this one!

Here’s to forward progress, Marching on! (And now there is all of a sudden a OneRepublic song stuck in my head. I love them!)

Anyway, talk to you soon!


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Here are my Food Logs from the Rest of my Week:

(The ones that I really don’t want you to look at!)

Saturday, February 13

I only logged my food up until my indulgence meal, so these pics don’t tell the full story. For our indulgence date night, we ate at CAVA, and had cookies from Crumbl

Sunday, February 14

Monday, February 15

Tuesday, February 16

This was, hands down, my binge-iest day! (Yes, I did just make up a new word, there!). I actually stopped tracking my food later in the day, but for sure, ate at least a few hundred more calories. (It’s fine… we’re moving forward)

Wednesday, February 17

The day that I fasted

Thursday, February 18th

Still didn’t align my numbers, just right. Tomorrow’s the day that will happen!

Weekly weigh in: End of week 1

Our newly formed BFF-ship is paying off (for me anyway)! It’s totally helping me stay focused knowing that my love handles are on display for the world to see. There’s no way in h@!* that I’m going to let these pictures of me be the last pictures you ever see of my midsection. I guess there really is something to having enough skin in the game. Pun totally intended!

Anyway, I’ve made it through my entire first week of this project! That feels like an accomplishment because there was some serious focused work involved, which wasn’t always easy. I’m trying to ignore the fact that I still likely have 3-4 months in front of me. But good things have happened this week, and I’m really happy with the end results. I’m also happy that I didn’t have any “oopsies” that I was going to be embarrassed about sharing with you! Before I get to the results, I want to tell you about just a few things that have helped me to stay the course.

Both diligence in measuring all of my food, and tracking it in the myfitnesspal app were key activities to knowing exactly where I ended up in my macronutrient and calorie target goals. I will say, I veered a bit from the meal plan that I posted here the other day (I never ended up making the turkey meatloaf), but I stayed where I intended to with my macronutrients, and I actually landed well below my intended daily calorie target of 2150 cal.

Here are the snap shots of each day’s actual food consumption with my nutrient and macros end results (Day 1 results are included directly below, for the remaining days, you can find them at the bottom of the post). Please note that each of the foods that I ate are listed with the amount that I consumed. I also did an intermittent fast on both New Years day, and on Sunday. I only hit the 1800 calorie target range twice throughout the week. The rest of the time I was between 1200 (those are the days I fasted) and 1852 calories. Except for when I was intentionally fasting, I was never left feeling deprived. I did feel hunger between meals, which is actually a good thing for me. Binge eater Amy rarely lets herself feel hungry before eating again. But this version of Amy is learning to utilize that tool in order to learn her body’s needs vs her emotional eating wants.

A few notes:

  • The foods listed on my myfitnesspal app log may not have been consumed in the exact order they were listed. I also added back in my veggie smoothie because I’ve found that to be the most simple and quick way for me to get all my veggies in.
  • I don’t track my water consumption because I’m already well in the habit of drinking 1 gallon of water a day. I buy a gallon of spring water at the grocery store, about once a month, and simply refill it every day. Wherever I am in the house or in the car, my gallon of water is there with me (kind of like the old My Buddy and Kid Sister commercials. Anyone remember those?!).
  • I’ve been working really hard to remember to take a multivitamin supplement and an iron supplement. If you look at the food log pictures from myfitnesspal, you’ll notice that almost every day, I didn’t meet my iron needs through just my food consumption.

End of week 1 before and after pictures:

(Why can’t the loss of almost 4 (3.8) lbs. look more obvious!?!? It’s going to be so awesome when we can visibly see the changes occur!)

Week 1 bioelectrical impedence assessment results:

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

My total body weight: 139.3 lbs (That’s 3.6 lbs down from last week!!! This quick drop happens, sometimes, in the first couple weeks. But I guarantee this will slow down as the weeks progress).

  • Total Body water: 78.5 lbs. (This actually increased by .2 from my first weigh in. I wasn’t expecting that! I actually thought It would be water weight that would be first to go. But I guess I didn’t drop my carb intake very low, so the water weight will likely decrease later on.)
  • Dry lean mass: 29.1 lbs. (Same as first weigh in)
  • Body fat mass: 31.7 lbs. (3.8 lbs less than first weigh in! Notice that I lost 3.6 lbs total, but I lost 3.8 lbs of fat. That means I built some muscle to replace the fat! Boom!) 
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60.4 lbs. (+.4 lbs from last week. Check this out, I lost 3.8 lbs of fat and gained .6 lbs of muscle!)
  • BMI: 23.9 (This decreased by .6!)
  • Body fat percentage: 22.8% (This dropped by a whopping 2%!).
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1423 calories. (This stayed the same)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2199 calories.  (I didn’t workout as much as I originally intended to, so I’ve decreased this from 2454 to 2199. Remember that this is the daily calorie target that I should consume if I want to maintain exactly where I am right now.)
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1800 calories. (I decided that since I only hit this number twice, last week, this is a good top amount of calories to consume each day (unless there’s a day that I’m extra active or even extra hungry).  

Week 1 measuring tape results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 5/8 inches (-1/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 22 7/8 inches (-1/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 39 7/8 inches (-3 1/8 inches from first measurement. You guys, I re-measured this -no joke-7 times to make sure I had it right, and that I wasn’t seeing things wrong. I honestly don’t know if this is typical. Perhaps I was carrying the whole -3.8 lbs of fat right here? Or maybe I measured wrong at my very first measurement. At this point, I won’t know if that was a typo from my first measurement, or not. So we’ll continue to watch this area and see what happens in future weeks. From all of my training, the idea of “spot reduction” is a flawed idea, because the body burns fat from everywhere at once. It doesn’t pick and choose which spot it wants to reduce first. If you are reading this and you understand this process better than me, please feel free to educate the rest of us in the comments. Moving forward, I’m going to make sure I have a second pair of eyes to help make sure that I’m avoiding any mis-measurements or typos).
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 38 1/2 inches (-7/8 inches from first measurement. So I mean, almost an inch off here. Maybe the above scenario is real and believable?)
  • Right below my muffin top: 35 3/4 inches (-1/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 34 3/4 inches (-1/2 inch from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 37 ¾ inches (no change here from first measurement)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 40 ½ inches (no change here from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 11 1/2 inches (this is my first bicep measurement since I forgot last week).

Look at these things that I chose not to eat. They’ve managed to last on the counter all week long because I didn’t even have a lick (you’re welcome family)!

Progeny #1 (12 years old) decided to bake chocolate cookies just for fun, and Progeny #3 turned 3 years old on Wednesday and he wanted cupcakes with sprinkles!

What my workouts were really like:

Do you remember, in my very first post, where I told myself that I was going to workout for 90 minutes for 6 days a week? Ha! There were a couple days that I came close to that, but that was it. There were a few days where I did two workouts in one day because my gym is on a reservation system which only allows 55 minute sessions (dang covid, insert fist shake here! But I’m so thankful they are open, since that doubles as my place of employment!). But most of the week’s workouts were way shorter, and guess what? They were completely enough! Here are the snapshots from my ‘myzone’ heart rate monitor belt readings from each of my workouts:

That’s it for week one. I’m feeling empowered to stay on the course! I can’t even tell you how much I want to win at this experiment! Yes, it is a ton of work, and requiring some major focus on all the tiny elements that make weight loss successful, but I know it’ll be worth it!

Talk to you soon!

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If you really care to look, here are the rest of the logs from my daily food consumption.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Monday, January 4, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021