I’ve missed the last 2 weeks of Track Me Tuesday posts due to holiday travels, but I have some big updates for you guys today! I finally had some consistent breakthroughs and am well on my way to Fitness Town 2015!!! I have no idea what that means, but it sounds promising.
A quick explanation: each week, I check in with my coach on Friday mornings. I take progress pictures, measurements, and my weight, and update her about progress from the previous week. I then report Friday’s numbers to you guys on Tuesday. Since I missed the last 2 Tuesdays, I actually now have 3 Friday check-ins to update you on, so this is really 3 weeks of progress.
These numbers are all summaries of the last 3 check ins:
Weight: – 6 lbs – that’s right – six pounds!!
2 weeks ago: – 1 lb.
1 week ago: – 2.5 lbs.
this week: – 2.5 lbs. (this was the most shocking part – I was traveling all week, but stayed completely on point with meals and workouts over the holidays – PROOF!!)
This weight loss was really exciting for me, but not exactly unexpected. First of all, I had been at a plateau for a while, so was hoping for a breakthrough soon. Second of all, and more importantly, this weight loss was a direct reaction to a decrease in calories.
BEFORE YOU PANIC – READ ON.
There are a lot of different feelings in the fitness community and particularly in the high carb vegan community about reducing calories below a certain point. I share this concern and cringe whenever I see people on Instagram eating 1,200 calories per day. It’s almost certainly just not enough. When I say I decreased my calories, rest assured that I am still listening to my body very closely. If I’m hungry, I eat. I do not force myself to be hungry or use coffee or water as appetite suppressants. I was also very careful over the past 3 months to slowly decrease my calories a little each month and week by week so as not to shock my body into extreme deprivation. I am still eating LOTS of food and loving my plan! I don’t feel restricted and have found that my body has adjusted very well. I feel satiated – even full – after most of my meals.
Now, I know that there are still going to be people who say that this “calorie restriction” is not sustainable long term and will cause me to fall off the high carb vegan bandwagon. I have two responses to that. First, I likely will not have to maintain this calorie reduction forever. I can use it to achieve some major fitness goals I have, but as many know, what you have to eat to lose is not what you have to eat to maintain. Second, I have already been practicing a high carb vegan diet for a year, and have been vegan for two and a half years, so I feel very confident that I will stay on the bandwagon. If at any point I feel that I am having cravings or am unsatisfied eating a “calorie-restricted” diet, I will simply start eating more. Until that time comes, I’m gonna enjoy my body’s positive reaction to this change!
– .75″ bust
– .5″ hips
– .375″ waist
– .25″ right arm
-. .25″ left arm
+/- 0″ both calves
Everything is coming down!
My biggest breakthrough in the past couple weeks was seeing my waist come down below 29 again. I’m now happily sitting at just above 28.5″ after starting at 30.5. Nearly 2 inches down!
Progress pictures: coming in a few weeks!
Tools for progress: Don’t be afraid to try what works for YOU. Forget what everyone else says. Do this workout, eat this many calories, drink this much water. None of it matters if 1) you’re not making progress and 2) your body doesn’t feel its best.
Choosing to reduce my calories was a tough decision for me. Not all of you will understand this, but if you’re in the high carb vegan movement or you come from a history of calorie restriction, you’ll understand why. But the reality was that what I was doing was not working for my body. A slight reduction in calories left me feeling a little hungry for about 2 days before my body completely adjusted, and I was completely satisfied. It allowed me to make great body progress, but also made me feel fitter and stronger and leaner.
Although I’m hoping to either do a fitness competition or a photoshoot at the end of this, this is not all about aesthetics. It’s about feeling lean, strong, and powerful. The reality is that with this extra weight and fat on my body, I don’t feel my best, and I want to (slowly and safely) make whatever alterations I need to get where I want to go.
This is NOT a quick fix. This is not a short term solution to a long term problem. It is a lifestyle change, and I’m loving it.
Sprints: sprint for 10 minutes, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off – started at 8.0mph and worked my way up to 10mph!
Hamstring curl: 3 sets of 12-15 – 70 lbs., 90 lbs., and 100 lbs.!! I couldn’t quite get 12 – only got 9 and then had to drop
Bicep curl: 3 sets of 8-10 – now using the 40 lb. barbell instead of the 30 lb.
I’m not doing any traditional leg lifts right now. Any squats or dead lifts I do are part of a circuit or HIIT training, so I’m not sure where my strength is at, but I can feel that I’m getting stronger every day.
How I’m doing: Great, obviously. I’m feeling great about the progress over the past 3 weeks, but I’m also being careful to not get wrapped up in it. Know what I mean? It can be so easy when things are smooth sailing to think “Wow! This is great!” Only to be met with a plateau or a weight gain the next week. I’m remembering that overall I’m making great progress. My body might fluctuate, but I’m trusting the process – it IS working. So regardless of what happens this week or next, I’m reveling in the glory of having conquered Christmas eating and traveling with a 6 pound weight loss and continuing decreases in measurements with increases in strength. Life is good right now, people :)
Stick to your goals. You may not see progress every day or even every week, but keep going.