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One Month Measurements

Thursday, April 04, 2013

So, I started really pushing again on March 4th, and started the NROLFW on March 11th. I had originally planned to take measurements after one month, but then when I started lifting, I decided to do this at the beginning and end of each stage. The end of Stage 1 is going to be April 26th, so I'll take my measurements and pics again then.

Today I was up on the scale by over 3 lbs. I checked again, and it was so. I was feeling sore from my workout, and I had eaten a bunch of pistachios yesterday, and then there was ham and stuff this past weekend, etc... so I did not actually believe I gained 3 lbs of fat, or 3 lbs of muscle either. So... yea.

I used my body fat analyzer, plugging in my 3 lb increase. Because it is partially based on weight, it does have some accuracy problems, but it still gives a basic idea. It said I was up .3% body fat, which was discouraging. Later, when I was in the shower, it hit me that when I first started, I was 177 and 36.7% BF, and today I entered in 181.5 and it was 36.4% BF, so my body composition is improving, even with the flukes in the handheld analyzer.

Never fear - I can take my measurements. I have noticed improvements in the way my clothes fit, etc... Well... I ONLY made improvements in my ARM and my THIGH. Hahahaha, seriously. My hips, gut, chest, waist are all the same.

I was infuriated. And then I cried. All this work - all this change - and I wasn't improving. I just FELT like I was improving, but nothing was happening? What is wrong with me, why did I deserve this? Anyway.

Airin told me to at least take pictures of myself. He said that he could see a difference - that I even look TALLER (posture improvements?). So we took pictures. And now I see the difference. Please excuse my dirty looks. The last pic was a forced smile, which is why I look crazy.

Before is the top (ponytail), after is bottom (bandana) of each pair:

My measurements didn't change much, but stuff has been shifting. I notice a lot less back fat (it's still there, but has decreased). I fill out my shorts less. My sports bra fits better (can definitely tell from the back). My posture has improved - I actually do stand taller. I have less roll in my sides. My butt has lifted. And my shoulders are wider. Oh, and my boobs are slightly perkier now (side shot). My belly button doesn't look the same. My butt has less fold over (can't see in these pics because I'm not in underwear - fortunately).

My arm is about .5 inch smaller than it was a few weeks ago, and my thigh is like an inch and a half smaller.

So I'll keep going and I'll check in again at the end of my first six weeks. I have been eating around 1800-2000 calories per day, typically (as far as I know) and eating lots of protein. Lately I have been eating some candy, and a bit of bread, with the holiday. Tonight I'm having pizza and beer, too (uh oh!)! But I think it's time to get back to NO GRAINS except for once in awhile, and NO CANDY - if I want candy, I can make myself paleo fudge (maybe I'll whip up some of that tonight), or have a protein shake. And maybe I should reduce the amount of bananas I eat. But... we'll see. I didn't want to cut calories with this till after four weeks so I could see how I react to the weight lifting. I may just be a bit more careful, and if that doesn't work, decrease my calorie intake slightly. But - if I'm actually changing, and I don't have to starve myself to do it, then I'll take it.

Sorry about the weepy half naked pictures, guys. Sometimes being a one-woman rebellion can be tough.
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    I can absolutely see the difference, especially in the top two and bottom two pics. Your shoulders appear slightly larger, your posture is improved and your skin looks tighter. All in three weeks!!!
    1537 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2013 8:49:56 PM
  • SGRAY478
    It's totally true. You're but is totes lifted!! And I also see the less "back fat".

    Way to go!

    I am reminded of the little quote that says it take "4 weeks to feel a difference, 8 for you to see it and 12 for others to see it". We'll get there!
    1537 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2013 7:35:50 PM
    emoticon As patient as we have had to learn to be with the Stupid Scale, I think with Weight Training, the changes are even SLOWER. But they ARE Happening. Now is when you get schooled on paying attention to how you "Feel" with the Workouts, and how your Clothes fit.
    emoticon The Changes are subtle, but they ARE happening.
    1540 days ago
    Your face... in that picture.. just breaks my heart. I know exactly how frustrated you were when it was taken. I've felt that way a lot this week.

    But these guys are right. There is a difference. Just stick with it. Keep working toward your goals. You are capable of achieving them. This is a different approach and you're going to get different results. You've already noticed differences in your life (like how things are getting lighter). Celebrate those victories now because if you stick with it, it will pay off.

    This is also why I weigh myself every day. If you weigh yourself only once a week, and maybe you happen to have a poop coming up or your period is somehow affecting you, seeing the other days can be helpful. I'm just curious why you would do the weighing so shortly after a weekend in Ohio. That sounds to me like you were setting yourself up for disappointment and you knew it!

    On Thursday I was wayyyy down. The scale gave me a 159.5 reading. But that was because I skipped almost all of my snacks and half of my dinner on Wednesday because I was too sad to be hungry. I was back to my normal weight of 162 on Friday after a normal day of eating and Trivia Night with my parents. And while I was psyched to be below 160, I knew it was temporary.

    I always weigh myself first thing when I get up after I go to the bathroom in the morning. I always weigh myself in the buff. And I've found that I weigh less when I sleep in and weigh myself later in the morning, on weekends. It all shakes out to normal when I get up early again on Monday.
    1540 days ago
    I see it!! You're looking good! A lot more toned.
    I took measurements the other day and I hadn't changed, either, although I felt like my clothes were fitting better. So I dunno what's up with that. :)
    1542 days ago
    I see a big difference. Cut yourself a little slack. You've been going at this seriously for 3 or 4 weeks. No quick fixes. It will come!
    1542 days ago
    Just keep at it....remember, slow progress is still progress.

    When I started lifting, I told myself that no matter what, I was going to stick with it 6 months. Most of my initial progress (first 2 months) was only measured in the amount of weight I was able to lift. very little difference in scale weight or even body measurements.....but I felt stronger and was able to lift more almost each time).

    It was about months 3 & 4 that i noticed pants feeling looser, definition in arms & shoulders, shadows in thighs when I flexed.

    Now here I am 3 years later and ST is a part of my life and I attribute so much of my good health (and good looks, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk) to staying steady with a program that is now a lifestyle.

    Stay strong!

    1542 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/4/2013 9:46:22 PM
    I see a huge difference especially in your sides! good job and you seem to have found what works for you. keep it up!
    1542 days ago
    There is a massive difference in your posture. You know what that means? Your core muscles are getting stronger. Remember how we talked about how weak core muscles causes back pain? Your core muscles are getting better, and they are now doing more of their job to hold you upright. This is what you were originally working for, right? No more back pain? Don't give up on that progress.

    I think the body reshaping will come. I do believe it.

    And you are not doing this alone - you got friends!

    1542 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/4/2013 8:27:09 PM
    It takes time to reshape our bodies form the inside out.
    Be patient.
    1542 days ago
    I can see loss and the improved posture in your pics! :) you are doing great...keep it up!
    1542 days ago
    I know focusing on how you feel versus your weight is so freakin' hard. We all witnessed my moment earlier this week. Your comment on that blog helped me through it and helped me realize that I have seen major changes in myself this past month. Even if I hadn't had the sodium bloat and whatnot and the scale had stayed the same, I think I would've been OK. I feel a lot more confidence in what I'm doing now...getting away from the low carb, light weights, high cardio mentality. I don't want to be skinny...I want to be a warrior, even if it means I'm still technically "overweight". I LIKE who I am now physically and I want to push myself even further. You helped get me into that thought pattern.

    I see progress in your pictures. Other than what you mentioned, your waist looks smaller in the comparison in the last two pictures. I see a difference in your lower back and the top of your arms looks more defined. As for the just mentioned a bunch of reasons why your body might be rebelling...sodium, sugar, simple carbs. So keep with it unless you feel like you truly need to change. Regardless, we are here for you, so hopefully you don't feel too alone.

    I've really admired your confidence in your blogs this past month and your experiences and support has helped me overtake my fear and jump onto the free weights side with the boys. So please don't be too hard on yourself!
    1542 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/4/2013 5:16:31 PM
  • PICKIE98
    I have never seen your pics before, BUT I really DID notice that your hips seem to be sticking out less, your skin around the bottom of your bra is flatter(loss),,
    and yes, both before and after pics show nicely developing abs!!! You really Do have wonderful posture, which should make your back feel better, just the way you stand.

    Great job!
    1542 days ago
    You are right that things have "shifted". Just my humble opinion, but I think you look more toned. You're obviously doing things the right way, so that's what I'd keep doing!

    HUGS . . . and what the heck . . . it's all right to get emotional on this journey!
    1542 days ago
  • A*L*P*
    Here's to the rebellion! emoticon

    What device to you use to take your body fat%? I recently bought an Omron (I think that's how it is spelled) and have just started playing around with it. It is a hand held device and I like it. I heard it is pretty accurate, about as accurate as calipers. I didn't need something that would be spot on, but rather something that would show improvements in B/F%

    In the book he says to keep calories steady going higher on the lifting days and then tweak after the first four weeks so I think that sounds like a good plan. I am with you. I am not tracking caloires but have turned back to my Fitbook for keeping track. I will occasionally go into the tracker to see where I am at but I find I naturally eat about 1700-1800 calories when I am not trying to track.

    Keep up the great progress. To hell with the Empire and embrace the Rebel. You rock, girl! Love 'hanging' around with another one who loves Star Wars!! Boo ya!
    1542 days ago
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