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Week 9 Weigh In

Weight loss this week: 1.4 lbs
Total weight loss: 19.4 lbs


LOL — I may never get to that elusive 20lb loss. I’m not stressing about it this week, because I fully expected a weight gain. Not only was I REALLY relaxed on my cardio all week, but this was The Week of Soup.

On Sunday my husband made an absolutely DIVINE Thai Red Curry Soup. No, beyond divine. Devastatingly delicious and addictive. He made a double recipe, and I couldn’t stop eating it. When it was cold, I was still using the spatula and eating it out of the pot. He made a SECOND double recipe on MONDAY — the very next day. And we were ready for more on Wednesday (but I told him to wait until this weekend).

It’s ridiculously good. Beyond good. And it’s Paleo alllll the way. He’s making two different versions of it this week — one with chicken and one with lamb. I may never eat anything else.

Anyway, this was a relaxed week, and I was okay with that — and would have been okay with even a weight gain. Losing a pound is a bonus. Next week, though, things are changing! I’m going to eschew cheat days for the rest of February, and I’m going to go hard core on both eating and working out. I’d like to see if I can get my body to ramp up the weight loss.

Oh, by the way, one of my trainers has one of those handheld bio-electrical impedence thingies used to measure body fat. He weighs me, uses that body fat tester, and does measurements at our first session each month. If he’s right, I’ve been gaining a pound of muscle mass each week. That’s a huge amount for a woman, even lifting as heavy as I do.

I love muscle. I love being strong. But I am one of those rare females who is capable of bulking up, and I don’t want to do that. I’m going to continue as I have been for a couple more months, and then have my body fat tested using the hydrostatic (underwater) method I use a few times a year. If it’s showing a high amount of muscle gain, I might have to change my strength goals for the year.

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Week 8 / Month 2 Weigh In

Weight this week: +.4 lbs
Total weight loss: 18 lbs

Since this is the end of Month 2 of my challenge, I also took measurements. I’ve lost a total of 8 inches since the beginning of the challenge. I also took pics (which I won’t be posting here) and made a side-by-side comparison.

I wasn’t sure what to expect this week. Last week everything was off because of the snow storm. I had a MONSTROUS cheat day last weekend (because I was bloody starving), and I didn’t do any of the 4-Hour-Body hacks to minimize the damage. After eating so little last week (because nothing was available), I went back to regular full meals this week. So I suppose .4lb weight gain is about the best I could hope for.

I was really frustrated last weekend. That eased up when I got food in the fridge and was able to get everything back on schedule. Overall, I felt good and positive this week.

I just wish the weight would come off faster.

  • I want people to see me and say, “You look great! How much weight have you lost?”, but no one has noticed anything. I can’t say as I blame them, because looking at those pics, I don’t see anything different either.
  • I want to have to buy new clothes, but I’m still wearing the same clothes I was wearing in January of last year. I have one pair of jeans in a smaller size, but they’re pretty tight.

I need to take a deep breath and focus on the good:

  • I’m fitter and stronger — lots stronger.
  • What I’m losing is FAT, not muscle — and I have reliable (hydrostatic) body fat test results to prove that.
  • I *like* my program. Sure, I’d like some more flexibility during the week, but it’s satisfying, doesn’t rely on deprivation, and it’s sustainable over the long term.

Long term, long term, long term. I need to convince myself to be patient. This is about the long term, not about today.

But it sure would be nice to be satisfied with the progress I see today.

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45 weeks to go

Weight loss this week: 2.8 lbs
Total weight loss: 18.4 lbs

What a week. And I do NOT mean that in a good way.

Last Saturday, it started snowing. Yes, I know it’s January, and most of you live in places where you haven’t seen the ground in months, but I live in western Washington. We get rain rather than snow. This week, though, it snowed. In total we got about 12″ at our place.

We live on a ridge about 15 minutes outside of a small town. For most of the week, the roads weren’t too bad. Some were plowed (at various times); some weren’t. But they weren’t horrible — until the trees and branches started falling. We were never snowed in, per se, though we chose to stay in at the beginning of the week. Later in the week, when things took a turn for the worse, there were times the roads were impassable because of trees and downed lines and such.

Our big problems stemmed from power outages. We were out for a few hours on Tuesday. No biggie. I had prepared for it — it didn’t even affect my work. Since a lot of snow (which we didn’t get, thankfully) was predicted for Wednesday, I made sure that my work for that day would get done even if the power went out.

We didn’t get the snow, but we lost a telephone pole and all the power lines on it. That was 1:30PM on Wednesday. No worries, the power company assured us. They’d have power back that evening. Oh, no, not that evening — 11PM. Or 7AM the next morning. Or noon. Or none of those, because they stopped working in the middle of the project and sent the trucks south.

See, the weather took a turn for the worse on Thursday. South of us, an unpredicted ice storm hit. Freezing rain turned the area into a war zone. I *get* that. They needed all hands on deck down there. But they could have finished the project they were working on here. Even if we’d have lost power again — and we would have, because on Thursday the trees and branches started falling everywhere — we’d have had a few more hours of refrigerated food, a few more hours of water (and indoor plumbing), etc.

But they didn’t. So we were without power until Saturday night at 9:07PM.

We have a small generator that runs our pellet stove and a few things in our basement. Honestly, we stay pretty comfortable with that. We move the guest bed down there, and although we don’t have computers, we can run the TV and a halogen light, and we can charge our phones and the Kindle.

Where I suffered was the food. This challenge I’m doing is not flexible. If I had cheated, I’d have forfeited the money. 100% or nothing. So I had kale chips and nuts. Some peanut butter, but nothing to put it on, of course. My husband was sick, so he grilled once — enough for a single meal. I was HUNGRY.

I didn’t go off plan (though I REALLY resented it), and I got my exercise in. Sort of. I did lackluster cardio that I REALLY didn’t want to do. I didn’t get to work out with Jenny or B, and I didn’t get to Pilates.

Saturday saved me. Saturday was cheat day on the plan. I did my weigh in early on Saturday as usual, and then I ate myself silly. It wasn’t until pizza at dinner, though — after a lot of food throughout the day — that I finally wasn’t hungry anymore. If we hadn’t gotten power back, I don’t know what I would have done.

All in all, it was a horrible week, and I’m really glad it’s OVER. I hope we don’t have any more snow or power outages this winter. This week killed my enthusiasm for this challenge. I’m going to start counting the year down in reverse, because it’s not fun anymore.

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Week 6 Weigh In!

Weight this week: +.2 lbs
Total weight loss: 15.6 lbs


I realize no one but me will say this, but, “Holy cow! Is it Saturday already?” I had a stressful week at work, but it was very busy, so it went by fast anyway.

I’m actually not terribly disappointed by the “gain” this week. TOM hit two days ago, and that usually spikes my weight by about three pounds. Stress can also spike your weight — so to be up only .2 isn’t such a bad result! How’s that for rationalization?

This was a good week, regardless of what the scale says. I’ve really adapted well to the eating plan I’m on. I don’t have any cravings at all during the week, and since we keep the fridge stocked with food I love, it’s easy to eat every day. Cheat days have become an opportunity to taste the different foods I can’t have during the week, but I find I don’t want much of them. Still, it’s nice to be able to have popcorn at the movies or to go out to dinner and not worry about what I order.

Workouts went well. I got my cardio in on 5 days, just as intended. Jenny had to work on Sunday, so I didn’t get a Crossfit workout in, but I went to Pilates on Monday night. Thursday night I did an upper-body strength workout with B. I’m planning to try a yoga class after my workouts with B, but I had to get back home and work a couple more hours this week, so the class will have to wait.

Otherwise, this has been a really busy week. It’s chaotic (and stressful, have I mentioned stressful?) at work, and I have a ton of projects I want to work on. The problem is, I have so many that it sometimes freezes me into doing nothing. Does that ever happen to you? I think I need to make a schedule with bite-sized goals for each session. If I can get some time to myself this weekend — not looking promising — I’m going to check out different types of organizational software that my FB friends recommended for me.

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Week 5 Weigh In!

Weight loss this week: 4.8 lbs
Total weight loss: 15.8 lbs

Body fat on Feb 2, 2011: 51.5%
Current body fat, Jan 7, 2012: 47.5%
Current lean body mass: 138.4 lbs

Woo hoo! I broke 15lb! I was kind of afraid I’d have another weight gain this week, because I had a couple of hungry days. You know the days I mean? The ones where you eat everything in sight, but are still hungry? Yeah, those. I stuck to the allowed foods — just ate a lot of them!

The body fat percentage is new, and I’ll only be doing it occasionally. There’s a mobile unit in this area that does hydrostatic (underwater) body fat testing. I’m going to try to get my body fat tested once a quarter.

Honestly, I hesitated putting the measurement from last February. It reflects where I was at the beginning of last year, but it doesn’t have any bearing on how I’ve changed during the (so far) 5 weeks of this challenge. As far as my challenge goes, the body fat percentage and lean body mass I got today are my starting point.

I set my ultimate goals around body fat, rather than scale weight. I want to get down to approximately 20% body fat. That’s just a round figure. If I can get lower, great! If I like how I look and feel before that, great again.

I listed my lean body mass, because that number is really important to me. I really, really, really don’t want to lose my lean body mass as I lose weight, which is one reason I lift heavy. I’ve decided, though, that if I can keep gaining strength, I’ll be happy, even if the measurement shows I’m losing muscle mass.

This was a good week. I was frustrated with the weight gain last weekend, but… I got over it. What will be, will be. I did my part. I just have to trust the process that everything will shake out over the long-term.

I didn’t work out with Jenny last weekend, and unfortunately, we aren’t going to get a chance to work out this weekend either, but my body benefitted from the extra rest. I had intended to do my five days on the treadmill Sunday through Thursday. However on Wednesday, I had an early meeting scheduled and a big deadline, so I decided to take that day off and finish up my treadmill on Friday. That worked well.

I start Pilates this coming Monday, and I’m thinking about adding a short kettlebell routine (per 4-HOUR BODY) three days a week. Maybe. I don’t want to overdo.

I have a fun day planned for today too. I’m meeting my friend Sharon for lunch, then we’re going for facials, and then an appointment. Wheeeee!

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