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.