Sunday, March 17, 2013
So BLC 17 for the 20 something's group is coming to an end today, and I've had mixed results.
Looking back at my initial fitness plan, I planned to try for 6000-10000 steps per day, 30 minutes of moderate activity per day, and a calorie deficit of at least 1000 per day all as measured by my Body Media armband. I've been extremely successful in hitting every one of those goals at least 6 days a week, but unfortunately, that didn't translate to the losses that I'd hoped for. Something is going on in my body where I'm not losing weight (or even much size) despite being pretty meticulous about maintaining significant calorie deficits. I'm sure not smoking was at least part of it, but I'm a little worried there might be something else going on.
On the bright side, my fitness has improved pretty drastically since the challenge began. In 8 weeks, I've knocked almost 5 minutes off my mile time, and may have been able to knock more off, but didn't want to do a full out mile because I still had another 40 minutes to go at the gym when I measured that. My resting heart rate has gone down slightly - from 66 to 61 bpm - but it wasn't high to begin with so that's a good thing. Eight weeks ago, I could do 20 push-ups and 23 sit-ups in one minute. Today, I can do 32 and 31 respectively. Over the whole of my body, I've lost about 15 inches, and that's measuring during TOM where I know that I'm bloated.
I've also lost about 5.5 pounds in the 8 weeks of this challenge, which is kind of depressing, but at least it's a loss. Even if I only lose 5.5 pounds every 8 weeks, I'll get where I want to be eventually as long as I keep doing what I'm doing.
Oh, and maybe the milestone I'm proudest of... when I joined BLC 17, I had gone 3 days without a cigarette. Today, I've gone 2 months and 1 day, and am truly having a pretty easy time of being a non-smoker!
Overall, I'm really glad I did this challenge. It's hard for a competitive person like myself not to be able to contribute more to the "weigh-ins", but I feel like I've participated in the healthiest ways for me. All I can keep doing is eating well, tracking food, drinking water, and moving more! If I do those things, I'll at least heal the inside of me, even if the outside doesn't change as much as I'd like!
So farewell Cobalt Cobras and other BLC 17-ers! On to the next one!