Yesterday saw my DH sitting on my back trying to give me enough weight to do meaningful "Donkey Calf Raises".
The man weighs nothing though and it was a bust. On the plus side I proved I could squat him...
The day before saw me sneaking a "cheeky treat" of bread, butter and jam. I mean what has it come to when THAT's the highlight of your day?!
When I posted this up on my MFP wall I got several comments from buddies who have found the same thing. One that tickled me was a friend who'd let herself have a piece of toast because "it'd been a hard week". Lol.
Still, the bread and jam must have given me super secret special powers because I bust out THREE pull ups in a row (yayah) and I'm all about angling for my fourth now!
One major high of this week was a realisation that hit me on Wednesday. I was talking to DH and MIL about my fitness journey and that it's been a tough few weeks with everything going on. The next question (I should have been waiting for it) was "well, why don't you give yourself a break? I mean, why do you even feel like you need to lose more weight?".
And there it was. Now usually the answer would have been something along the lines of "well, because I'm still too fat". Not me, not anymore. What was my answer? I paused, I knew that it's no longer purely the asthetics of my body driving this. Time for the truth to out. "I want to lose more BODY FAT because I want to be stronger. I want to be able to do more pull-ups, I want to be able to be strong enough with a high muscle:body fat ratio so I can pole effectively. I want to PERFORM better".
It's not about losing weight to look good. It's about losing body fat so that I can perform at an optimum level. Yes, it'll be awesome to LOOK ripped but more importantly I want to be able to progress onto more advanced pole moves, I want to be able to build muscles and I want to be able to do MORE.
Epiphany if there ever was one!
So, how is my quest for lower body fat going? I hear you ask.
Total loss of 5cm from bust, stomach, hips and thighs. Largest loss goes to my "tummy" (the widest part of my abdomen) with a 1.2cm loss. Not going to argue with that ;) The top of my hips also show a similar loss of 1.2cm so here's to hoping that the fat is on the run :D
Photos show some progress, getting some of the fat off my waist and tummy....finally :D
The scales don't play nice. And this illustrates the importance of taking photos and keeping measurements. Ostensibly my weight has actually INCREASED to 158Ibs, but as you can see in both the photos and measurements my body is telling a different story. Don't rely on the scales. They lie. Nasty little things ;)
TOP BODY TIP:
Take regular measurements and photos. The scales don't only reflect fat loss, they reflect water loss/gain, muscle loss/gain and sometimes even carpet loss/gain (yeah, make sure your scales are on a flat surface :p).
I'd like to say the cravings for cakes, doughnuts, croissants, chocolate have gone. They haven't. I've purposely been trying to keep away from the sweet stuff as it's a bit of a achilles heel for me, but I did have enough calories to fit a cookie into my macros for the day on Friday. It was....well, just delicious ;) The whole thing was surprisingly almost too sweet for me, but the doughy-ness and the chocolate *drools*. It was pretty darn good :D
To make up for my RELENTLESS sweet tooth I've been all over the creativeness with food. In fact, it's becoming so that I have to eat enough protein daily to feel full. That's got to be worth something. I have a new vegetarian, high protein experiment for y'all which will be published this week and I'm concocting more, almost edible things in my kitchen ;)
My fave food right now?
100g greek yoghurt (I'm liking the Fage 2%)
18g jam (pref cherry)
25g protein balls (I get them from myprotein.com)
8g drinking chocolate (or you can sub choc protein shake here).
Voila.....almost black forest gateaux...sort of. Oh alright it's no cake but it's very yummy :D
Do you have any low kcal, high protein recipes that satisfy a sweet tooth?!