It’s finally time.
Time to share my next round of progress pictures!
BUT first I have a few things to say.
The past few months, especially the last month, have been unbelievably successful for me. I have hit a new level where my eyes are steadfastly fixed on my fitness goals, and I haven’t let anything get in my way. Sure, I’ve enjoyed some balance here and there, but I’ve never – not once – had the urge to “give in” or “cheat.” I don’t even want to anymore.
And it’s not just about calories or workouts. It’s about SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. It’s about eating RIGHT. My meals have transitioned to truly vegetable based almost 100% of the time. I have been successfully planning meals ahead of time, eating plenty of protein for my lifting schedule, and I have never had to force myself to stay hungry. My digestion has been perfect, and I have been feeling FULL OF ENERGY!
I have been feeling lean and strong. I haven’t had “bad days” where I’ve felt bloated or weak. I’ve seen strength gains at the gym like crazy. I’m now dead lifting 125 pounds, squatting 115 pounds, and curling 22.5 pounds (and I started at 80, 75, and 15 pounds respectively). I’m running personal bests.
These are wins. I am winning.
BUT this means that when I went in to get my updated stats, I expected to see RESULTS.
They weren’t what I had hoped for.
And do you know what? I didn’t let myself feel bad about it even for a minute, and it didn’t shake me at all.
That’s the biggest win of all.
This leads me to something that I tell girls all the time. So many girls just weigh themselves on their fitness journey and use that as their only measure of success. The scale is not the demon, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
I weigh myself, test my body fat percentage, take measurements, AND take progress pictures.
This is SO IMPORTANT!! Since March, here’s what happened to my stats:
Body weight: -2 lbs.
Body fat: no change
Measurements: I haven’t gotten these comparisons back from my trainer yet, so we’ll see
Do you know what that technically translates to?
It means that I lost 1.5 lbs. of muscle and .5 lb. of fat.
HOW CAN THAT BE?!?
[Well, it might not be. The tiny machine with electromagnetic waves that my gym uses to measure body fat isn't exactly the most accurate, so I have a hunch that I actually dropped at least 1 percent, but it didn't show...]. That being said,
If that was the only number I had seen, I would have been so discouraged, but it wasn’t. I had other measures of victory.
1. I bought 2 pairs of pants in January that are now falling off of me so much that I had to finally get rid of them.
2. I have progress pictures.
There is certainly not as big of a chance between March and June as there was between December and March, but PROGRESS IS PROGRESS!
There’s not much difference in my side other than that I’m able to flex harder now ;) There is definite progress in my arm muscle. My back has certainly lost fat and my shoulder definition is starting to come in! Last but not least, my stomach is leaning out more and more every day.
- Now, I know the changes aren’t shockingly drastic or anything, but they’re there. Can someone please explain to me how no change in body fat and only a 2 lb. weight loss could show that?
ANYWAY…the point is…
And one extra back shot just because I was feeling strong :)
Now let’s take a trip back to December 2012…
I’m so proud of that! I can’t emphasize this enough – TAKE PROGRESS PICTURES. You won’t be sorry.
And don’t get me wrong, I was working hard back then, but I didn’t have anywhere near the focus then that I have now.
I am about to KILL IT. I am in BEAST MODE. My body isn’t gonna know what hit it.
Another thing I’m upset about is that I didn’t take progress pictures of my legs. I couldn’t really find a place with decent lighting to do it in my house and just gave up. I did, however, find this picture from August 2012 – the end of last summer – and compare it to right now.
MY NEW WORKOUT PLAN:
I have some huge goals for the end of the summer, people. As of 3 days ago, I’m on an ENTIRELY new workout plan that is going to shock my body into submission. It involves tabata HIIT, front squats, cable curls, TRX training, cable kickbacks, bench press, side plank touch downs, box jumps, dumbbell snatches, plank knee touches, russian twists, wide grip row, dead lift high pulls, push ups, spidermans, jumping jacks, turkish getups, reverse lunges, shoulder press, push press, glut/ham reverse sit up, leg raises, lunges, sprint intervals, and stairclimber sprints.
Yes, all in one week. In fact, all within 3 days. Then after a rest day, I’m gonna do it allllllll AGAIN.
Get ready kids. I’m psyched.
Cheers to progress,
(ps) Tendinitis updates: I now have an official diagnosis of tendinitis likely caused by very loose joints in my ankles. I have been instructed to ice like crazy and use a prescription anti-inflammatory cream while working on increasing my ankle strength. Wish me luck!