I was on a 7 day work road trip last week so I missed my Week 3 update. Even though I was travelling, I did good keeping up with my routines and eating healthy. Although I did miss a couple of days. Due to the work, hours, and stress, I just couldn’t do it. But rather than getting down on myself, I just got back in the saddle on Wednesday when I got home and kept on rolling.
Today is Saturday and I have some great news. In the four weeks since I have started my Body for Life program I have dropped my BMI from 45.4 to 42.5. Still “extremely obese”, but my sights are on “obese” which is a BMI under 40. I think that’s a goal. By April 1st, I will be obese! I bet nobody’s ever said that proudly. In addition I’ve lost 4.2% of my body fat while gaining a 1/2 lb. of muscle. My lean mass went up, and my body fat dropped significantly. I think I’m doing it right. Scale weight lost in 4 weeks is 25 lbs. 13 came off the first week, and the other 12 took me 3 weeks which is about what I expected. I have felt hungry or I didn’t get enough to eat exactly zero times in the last month. I eat 5-6 times a day! I’ve found I love greek yogurt, spinach, and am much more tolerant of salad and vegetables. I think I might have enjoyed last night’s salad. In fact, I know I’ve eaten more fruits & vegetables in the last month than I’ve eaten in the last 5 years. My cardio intensity increases just about every week as well as adding more and more weight to workouts. And I’m in the gym under 5 hours a week. And I still get my bacon doublecheeseburger & fries on free day. Which is tomorrow! (But I’ve noticed it’s not as great as I think it will be in my mind. And this week I haven’t really been “looking forward” to it. I’ve been just fine eating healthy.)
The best part is I just feel I’m getting my mojo back. November through January I was really feeling shitty. No energy to do anything. Didn’t want to do anything. I could go to work and dreaded everything else. And even at work, I didn’t feel as sharp or focused as I usually do. I found myself putting “to-dos” off in my personal life and if you know me, I always seem to have a ton of stuff going on. Just couldn’t do it…or do it as well as I wanted to. Even my wife and I were talking last night and she said I seemed to be in a rut, but noticed a serious change in me the last month and that’s good. I feel I’m changing. For the better. I’m certainly feeling much better and that’s for sure!
I think I feel so good, I’ll post my blogs about this experience which I have been afraid to put up. For what reason, I don’t exactly know. I suppose I thought I might fail or didn’t believe I could do this. I don’t know really. But I’m ready. I’ll share with you what I’ve done and why I’ve done it for anyone who cares. If I inspire one person, it’s worth any embarassment or ridicule.
So that’s my weekly update. I’ve been runnin’ ragged since I got up at 8am and that’s unusal. I still have more to get done today and I actually feel like doing it! If all goes well, I’m going to round up some mates and have a few cocktails at the local watering hole!