Well. Well. WELL!
Despite my efforts at eating great this week (I even gave up dairy), not missing a workout, and my usual running around (which included sorting cows in 9 degrees the other morning), I’m up .2 lbs since last week. I’m consuming about 60oz of ice water daily, in case you were wondering. On a typical morning I’m consuming about 30 grams of protein (three eggs and black beans with rotel- yum!), which leaves me feeling very full until about 1pm, at which time I will eat some soup of some sort- be it chili or chicken tortilla (hold the tortillas). Supper has been more protein (steak or chicken with lentils- but we go to Vegas next week so I’m hoping to add some seafood to that while I’m there!), and roasted asparagus, butternut squash or salad.
This week was tough. I wanted to quit and say “screw it” more than once. I even had my thyroid tested.
I added weights to my workout – and before anyone spouts off about muscle weighing more than fat, to put on muscle you have to lift a heavier weight. To tone muscle you do lots of reps at a lower weight- which is what I did this week (This theory still remains in my head from my weight training class I took in college! Eek!). As I understand it, more muscle means your metabolism speeds up, and I view this as a good thing. I wasn’t sore after my workouts, so I am confident I can up the weight today and through next week. Further, I’m not concerned about becoming muscle bound, because I’ve been able to bench press my body weight and squat up to 150lbs before, and I looked amazing, felt amazing, and could go purchase whatever I wanted off the size 2 shelf and have it fit. THAT is where I want to be again. Can I get there at 35?
As I discussed my woes with Zach, who as always, was level headed, he suggested I use the built in capabilities of our fancy scale to track more than just my weight. BRILLIANCE!
Weight on 1/6 = 144.6
Weight on 1/18 = 142.2
Weight on 1/25 = 142.6
But now let’s add on the new data we’ll be tracking:
Fat = 40.7%
Visceral Fat (or the fat around your mid-section) = 7% (anything under 9 is healthy/safe)
BMI (Body Mass Index) = 26.5
Muscle = 25.1%
According to the CDC, my BMI should be between 18.5 – 25.0 to be considered “normal”.
I struggled to find a chart that would give me further information about the data our scale provided. but eventually I settled on this one. According to the data it provides, I’m in a normal range for skeletal muscle for a woman my age.
The weather hasn’t been conducive to using my XC Skis (because it’s been brutally cold), and I haven’t been doing much cardio, other than what I get through the x-box kinect and the UFC program I’m using- which will leave me out of breath every workout and that fact that I run everywhere when I’m outside because it’s cold!
I should be in good shape this coming week to do some skiing- as the bitter cold looks like it’s leaving for a while!
How are you doing on your journey? Are you following along with us on Twitter as we use the #strongisthenewsexy hashtag? Don’t be scared to check in here, and if you’re a healthy/weightloss expert, I’m all ears, but do realize, me joining a gym is a bit out of the question because my location in the middle of nowhere doesn’t make that economically feasible from a monetary or time standpoint.
Happy Trails and Happy Friday!