Well, folks, the numbers are in and it’s looking good from where I’m standing (on the scale, that is).
Although it’s technically been a month and four days since I started with my new regimen, the results have been fabulous so far. Here are my stats: (note: I stand at 5’6’’)
- Oct 25, 2012: 190#, size 16
- Oct 29, 2012: 186# (we’ll attribute that loss to mostly water weight)
- November 5, 2012: 184.8#
- November 29, 182.4#, a comfortable size 14
When I started, my BMI was 30.7. It’s now 29.4, down over 1 point, which is still technically in the “overweight” category, but thank god I’m no longer above 30. At my highest weight of 202 pounds, which was just this last winter, my BMI was 32.6. Yikes! No wonder I was always so down all the time.
My goal is obviously to be in the healthy range, which is always a bit difficult to calculate when you’re weight training instead of just losing fat. This is because the weight of the muscle can disproportionately skew your results. In reality, I’ve probably lost more fat than the scale says, and have gained back some weight in muscle because my routine has been so intense with muscle training. So perhaps, for the most part, a bodyfat calculator would be a better measure than BMI.
Some NSVs for me now are:
- Better fitting jeans, one size smaller than I was able to wear at the beginning of my routine in October;
- My quads are solid (like rocks!) and my legs are starting to firm up all around (hello, calves!);
- I’m now onto level 3 of Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred (I’ll admit, I skipped level 1 and didn’t do a full 10 days of level 2). It’s difficult, but I’m able to follow along at least 80%;
- My face is definitely slimming down, as is my stomach (still a ways to go, though);
- I haven’t smoked since Halloween! One month milestone! According to my little smoking cessation app, I’ve avoided smoking an entire carton of cigarettes, and have saved nearly $60.
- My shoulders are starting to get more definition, and I’m able to do the entire set of traveling push-ups with Jillian Michaels (I can’t begin to explain how weak my arms have been for my entire life. Doing more than 5 push-ups used to throw me into a terrible pain with burning sensations, and I’d just give up.)
So, if you haven’t had the time to read through my earlier entries, you may be wondering exactly how hard I’ve been having to work to get this much progress in a little over 30 days. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Like I mentioned a few times above, I’m currently doing the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred. I skipped level one and went directly to level two, which I did for about 7 days. I’m now onto level three. Her workout is a version of HIIT that is extremely effective in building muscle and upping your metabolic rate. I think that I will be moving onto the 20-minute Insanity workout DVD once I’m up to an adequate level with Jillian Michaels.
- As far as exercise frequency goes, I work out 5 days a week and rest on weekends. I have, on occasion, missed workout days, but who doesn’t? Workouts last an average of 20 minutes, but by the end, I’m sweating my butt off!
- I try to take daily walks during my lunch hour, usually between 20 and 45 minutes in length. Living in Colorado has made this incredibly easy.
- I eat Paleo 80% of the time, and consume non-paleo foods such as cheese and craft beer 20% of the time. I rarely ever have anything grain- or sugar-based. This means fried eggs with bacon and coffee for breakfast, a big green salad with oil&vinegar dressing and avocado slices for lunch, and a medium-sized portion of protein for dinner, such as pork chops, burgers or bratwurst in natural casing, with green beans seared in bacon fat or butter on the side. My macro-nutrient ratios usually end up with me eating 65% of my calories in fat, 25% from protein and 10% from carbs, though those number fluctuate daily.
- I track everything with My Fitness Pal. Both the mobile app and the website make losing weight a lot more fun and easier to handle, especially with the social aspects involved.
- I have fun! I know losing weight can be extremely frustrating, especially if things stagnate, but I always try to enjoy myself when I exercise, prepare new foods or take myself on a daily walk. It’s like a competition with myself that I’m destined to win either way.
How is everyone else doing in their paleo adventures? Let me know in the comments below!