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!