I put it out there this week... I named it and claimed it... "I will lose 3lbs this week"... I put it as my status... I put it on my sparkpage.. I really thought that I had turned the corner... that since I finally logged a 2 lb wait loss last week (after 5 weeks of Zip Zero Nada), I was finally at the tipping point... so imagine my chagrin when I hopped on the scale this morning and it hadn't budged... not an ounce and only two more days before my "official" weigh in.. do you feel me??!! I was not a happy camper..
So, my sour faced self went off to my 0530 training session with Chad.. I printed out my sparkpeople reports showing my calorie intake and expenditure over the last six weeks.. "What is going on?" I demanded... I gritched.. I complained.. okay.. I whined. Yes, I am seeing changes in the way my clothes fit.. yeeeeees... I fit in a new pair of size 18's I had in my closet.. blah blah blah.. but i'm working hard, dang it, and I want to see some NUMBERS!!
Chad said he usually doesn't redo body fat measurements so soon but he clearly had something to prove to me... and on February 3rd (35 days ago)... my body fat was 46%.. FORTY SIX PERCENT!!... I was pretty scared for him to do the measurement.. I mean, what would I do if it hadn't budged?? Would I quit? NO.. I would trust the process.. and continue to do the work... and I took a deep breath..
My body fat after 35 days of weight training was...
wait for it...
wait for it...
THIRTY NINE PERCENT... three.. nine... 39%!!! Was 46% *IS* 39%!!! That's 6%!! That's like MORE than 10lbs of FAT!! GONE.. and a bunch of muscle put on!! I am STOKING my metabolism!! I am building a fat burning MACHINE!!
I am STRONGER.
I bound up steps!
I have more energy than I can remember having in a long time...
I sleep better (like a baby)
I wake up in the morning feeling rested - no more sluggishness
My stress level is much lower even though there really has been no relief of the stressors
I'm not grinding my teeth at night
I'm regular.... you know.. in my elimination patterns (hehe, what can I say? I'm a nurse)
I can sling a 40lb bag of dog food over my shoulder, no problem! (I used to have to drag it in the house)
I was on cloud nine!! Shoot, I'm STILL on cloud nine!
So, I'll keep doing my strength workouts HARD.. I'll keep doing my cardio... I'll keep eating clean and in my calorie range.. I'll keep LOGGING, MOVING, LIFTING and REPEATING!