My weight loss program ended May third; so I have been resting and refueling for the last week. I am so stuffed with protein it is not even funny. Starting Monday, I am back on the “plan.” Letting myself go for a couple of days was fun at times but generally left me feeling uncomfortable. I just do not enjoy fried and/or heavy food any more.
My results from March Eighth through May third:
Final weight 233.6=Lost -28.2 lbs.
Final Body fat: 31.7%
Lost -18.62 lbs. of pure body fat
Lost -9.58 lbs. of lean muscle mass
Girth measurements in inches:
Arm- no change
I took third place overall and first place at my location—far better than I expected. Some observations with thoughts and musings to follow in a separate post:
· The body fat measurement came after a full workout so was affected by my general dehydration. I do not take the electro-tester thingy seriously because it is so easily affected by the amount of water in your system.
· I, like most people in the contest, did everything I could to push the end number down including working out before the weigh in, changing to a dry shirt, and exercising three out of four days at the end. Weight is not “just a number.” It is a statistic that can be easily influenced in the short term. In the long term, it can be a good trend indicator. This is why I do not sweat the day to day changes or take too much pride in one off gains/losses.
· This was a fun contest. In future I may go to the 2 months on and one month off model.
While I impressed a lot of the people at the gym, the real test will be seeing if I can maintain the loss and good eating habits over the next couple months. I can force myself to go without for 60 days. Doing so on a longer sustainable scale is the real challenge.