Hooray - Thursday and Friday I felt fantastic, after my run-in with whatever it was that I had on Monday and Tuesday.
On Thursday, Airin said something like "One good thing about being sick is that our stomachs shrank from not eating, and we're a little thinner!" I was kind of sad that he thought that way. I was feeling a little concerned about being able to effectively do my workout on Thursday, considering I had very little calories, protein, fat, or carbs on Monday-Tuesday, and Wednesday wasn't that great (though I did happily eat a big fat scoop of gelato, hoping that it would help me on Thursday).
Different mindset. I know the Ghost of Beechnut Past would have felt the same way: "Quick, let me weigh myself to see how much I've lost while I was sick!" after all, I barely ate (I calculated my calories last night at 440 on Monday and 950 on Tuesday, and then up a bit to 1600 on Wednesday), so let's see the results!
But let me tell you- I didn't weigh myself. At all. In fact, I haven't weighed myself in weeks. I know what's going on, so there is no need to weigh myself. It just causes stress. I'll weigh this week, as I'm finishing up Stage 2 of NROL4W. I'll probably have to weigh myself on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and take my BF%, so I get an average across them. It's a little finicky. Or maybe I'll just do it all on Friday and call it a day.
Today I deadlifted 110 lbs. I had to switch to a mixed grip (one hand overhand, one hand underhand) because I was losing my handle on the bar. Deadlifts are pretty much my favorite.
Airin's grandma visited for a bit yesterday with his parents. She is pretty conservative. But it went all right, and was a nice time. We had salad, guacamole, hamburgers, and ice cream.
Here's an interesting contrast: my work picture in August 2011, Feb/March 2013 and a month later, April 2013
I'm trying not to get too worked up about it - maybe I just need to figure out the sweet spot with the eating or something - but my pants are still snug around the waist. I don't know if it's because my gut isn't getting smaller, or if it's because my gut is getting smaller but my butt is lifting (progress pics would indicate that may be the case). On the other hand, my legs are looking better. I should be excited my legs are improving, but I have to be honest: the weight around my middle is really frustrating. I'm wondering what I'll see when I take post-Stage 2 progress pictures this week. I hope things are looking better, or I'll be sorely disappointed.