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BFFM 2013 Summer Challenge

Monday, June 17, 2013

I joined the Burn the Body Fat 2013 Summer Challenge and today was the first weigh-in/measurement day. Here are my starting and week 1 stats:

Weight 198
Waist 40 in
Hips 47 in
Neck 14.25 in
Body Fat (Navy): 49%
Fat: 97 lbs
LBM: 101 lb

Week 1
Weight 192 (-6 lbs)
Waist 38 in (-2)
Hips: 46.75 in (-0.25 in)
Neck: 14.25 in (0)

Body Fat: 47% (-2%)
Fat: 90 lbs (-7 lbs)
LBM: 102 lbs (+1)

I see now why it is so important not to just focus on scale weight. I did lose 6 pounds overall, which is great, but when I look more closely, I actually lost 7 pounds of fat, which is incredible, and gained 1 pound of lean mass, which will help my metabolism in the long run. There were some people who weighed exactly the same but had major changes in their body comp (lost fat but gained muscle). That is why it is so important to not just focus on the number on the scale. It is so easy to get discouraged when the scale stops moving and to just give up, but you may not even realize you are still undergoing major body composition changes that your scale just doesn't register and give up too soon.

So now starts week 2 and I am even more motivated after this week's results. I know for me I always see drastic results the first week of any new program, so I am not going to get too comfortable and am still going to be pushing myself this week to stick to goals.
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    Thanks! Here is the contest I am doing:

    The contest entry is closed for now, but it is through Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat Inner Circle. I had purchased his book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle about 6 months back and so was on his email list. I received an email a few weeks ago announcing the challenge. It came at the perfect time for me as I was upset I had gained back much of the weight I had worked so hard here to lose. So I decided to do it and am actually enjoying the challenge. I like that the focus isn't on scale weight, but on body composition (body fat % and measurements). I have always focused on scale weight and I now realize that is where I have gone wrong and why I become demotivated after a few weeks when the scale stops moving.

    He usually does 2 challenges a year (one during the holidays and a longer summer one). So always an opportunity to join the next one! The book is a good read if you haven't read it yet. Lots of good info on nutrition and exercise.

    1823 days ago
    WOW! That is amazing. CONGRATS! How did you find out about this program? I want in!!!
    1824 days ago
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