Goal: 21% to 18% Body Fat in 30 days
The goal of my 2nd (and hopefully last) journal is to monitor my progress from 21% to 18% body fat over the next 30 days. In the last 3 mths I dropped from 32% to 21% using mostly high intensity cardio on avg 1-2 hrs/day 5x/wk. I like spinning (standing climbs) and elliptical, set to high resistance and maintain 75-95% max HR. Plus some swimming, hiking and recently added running and rowing.
This round, Iíll shorten the cardio and incorporate resistance training using mostly body weight exercises, dumbells etc. I expect that this will be the toughest month yet so I really hope Iíll stay focused and consistent.
Rather than setting a goal wt this time, Iíll continue to focus on body measurements and BF%. This has proved to be a more reliable tracking method than finicky scale weight, especially considering I gained 4.5 lbs of lean mass, which was unexpected. Now with proper resistance training, I have no idea what final # to expect so Iíll just let my weight do what it do!
Diet-wise, I eat primarily whole natural unprocessed foods. The only restrictions at the moment are legumes due to heartburn issues. In the last 3 mths, Iíve come to fully embrace a flexible approach and no longer feel deprived or constantly fighting cravings or the associated guilt when I cave in. If I feel like some ice cream, I have some ice cream. I do however limit the indulgence foods to 1500-2500 cal/week. I feel much better when I eat intuitively and this formula has worked quite well so far.
Current macros: 55-60% carbs, 25% protein, 15-20% fat and 1400Ė1700 cals/day.
Goal setting: Before and After
Calculator used: Body Fat Calculator
Start Date: 12/25/14
Ht/Wt - 5'5"/151 lbs
Neck - 12.25 inches
Waist - 31 inches
Hips - 39 inches
BMI - 25.13 (category - overweight)
Body Fat - 31.7% (category - obese!)
Lean Mass – 103 lbs
Fat Mass – 48 lbs
Neck - 12 inches (down 0.25 inches)
Waist – 26.25 inches (down 4.75 inches)
Hips – 35.25 inches (down 3.75 inches)
BMI - 22.63 (down 2.5)(category - normal)
Body Fat – 21% - (Down 10.7%)(category - Fit)
Lean Mass – 107.5 lbs (UP 4.5 lbs)
Fat Mass – 28.5 lbs (down 19.5 lbs)
Weight – 136 lbs (down 15 lbs net)
Neck - 12 inches
Waist – 25 inches
Hips – 34 inches
Body Fat – 17.5% (category - Athletic)
Other Notable Losses so far:
Arm - down 1.75 inches
Shoulders - down 2 inches
Chest(at armpit lvl) - down 2.5 inches
Belly - down 4 inches
Thigh - down 1.75 inches
"This round, Iíll shorten the cardio and incorporate resistance training using mostly body weight exercises, dumbells etc. I expect that this will be the toughest month yet so I really hope Iíll stay focused and consistent."
I suspect this will be a positive move forward.
"Rather than setting a goal wt this time, Iíll continue to focus on body measurements and BF%. This has proved to be a more reliable tracking method than finicky scale weight, especially considering I gained 4.5 lbs of lean mass, which was unexpected. Now with proper resistance training, I have no idea what final # to expect so Iíll just let my weight do what it do!"
Exactly. And this is what I appreciate about your journey. Taking stock, and switching things up if necessary.
"I feel much better when I eat intuitively and this formula has worked quite well so far."
Join the club.
Last edited by Pamela M; 03-31-2015 at 01:32 PM.
Switching up the exercise turned out to be not so easy. Maybe because I put that expectation in my mind and it became a self fulfilling prophecy. And the difficulty wasn't in the workout itself but in just getting started. I may be harboring some misgivings about my own ability.
But as you say, it should be a positive step. At least in theory, it's a no-brainer. But I've created this image of what I want my body to look like in a few months and incredibly, even though I've come quite some distance, it seems like an insurmountable task. I really need to snap out of it and grow some self confidence.
I'll try to take it one day at a time and try and believe that change will happen if I work hard enough.
Food: Oatmeal w/milk & sugar, tea, grapefruit.
Exercise: 1hr 15 min of Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton Youtube videos:
-JM 30 day shred
-JM 6 wk 6 pack
-TH Shredded upper body
-TH Burpee burner
*This week, I'll explore going back to two-a-days and see how it goes.
Stalking again ! Fabulous results so far x
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Thanks Happyhel! Are we there yet? Hope you and baby are doing great!
Food: Whole wheat crepes, eggs, oatmeal w/milk & sugar, tea, cocoa, grapefruit, papaya.
Exercise: 35 min body weight workout (Youtube-GymRa-C.Khuri)
*That's all I did today despite best intentions to do more. Perhaps it's the soreness from yesterday's w/o.
*I'm re-thinking my plan to replace my previous high intensity cardio with 100% body weight exercises.
*I think instead it should be a supplement. Otherwise the calorie deficit math will not add up.
*To maintain the current 107 lb lean mass, at 18% body fat, I'd need to be at (107/0.82)=130 lb
*That's 6 lbs of fat away x3500 = 21,000 calories. Only 28 days left, less 4 rest days=24 exercise days. So 21,000/24=875 cals/day deficit is required. Allowing for whatnot, lets call that 1000 cal/day to be safe.
*As much as I've sweated over the last 2 days, I can't swear that the bodyweight ex will be enough to cover this deficit.
*As usual, I'd rather not eat less calories/carbs because I need the energy to work out at high intensity...or else I'll crash and burn like I did in February.
*A reasonable balance might be 1hr high intensity cardio and 30 min body weight w/o. Will try this for next few days and see what happens.
Last edited by KimLean125byMar15; 04-02-2015 at 08:29 PM.
No baby yet ..... getting fed up and very very fat! !! I am 38 weeks. ....
You are an inspiration. I may however need to stalk for a while, recover, then start with baby steps to get back to eating normally. And copy and paste from you
Last couple weeks! All the best and take it easy...if that's possible.