Progress

Day 17

Today was a tough one. I guess I’m either not eating enough, or not eating enough carbs, or both. My workout seriously kicked my butt! I did 10 minutes of fasted cardio and I was absolutely exhausted, something that shouldn’t have happened and seriously caused a problem when I went to do upper body. I guess now I know that fasted cardio on lifting days is not a good idea, and that throwing in a few extra carbs might not be all that bad of an idea.

Sometimes I try to throw myself so far into paleo when I first start out that I forget that I don’t need to reduce carbs to a zero and they still serve a purpose! So, I threw some potatoes into my yummy breakfast mess (which I can NOT wait to turn into breakfast burritos with the Paleo Wraps I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of).

On another note, I decided to do an update on my stats and there is a definite improvement from day 1! Down 5 pounds, and according to my hopefully accurate scale, I am down 0.5% body fat! Small changes are still changes and I’m excited about it!

Breakfast: pumpkin pie protein shake
Lunch: chop chop salad from Pompton Queens Diner (lettuce, chicken, bacon, gorgonzola, avocado, pear, tomatoes, corn, balsamic vinnegrette)
Dinner: breakfast mess (3 eggs, 3 slices of bacon, half of an onion, 2 red potatoes roasted in olive oil, mixed mexican cheese)
Snack: coffee with milk and coconut oil, apple

Workout:
3 sets of 10 pushups
3 sets of 10 dumbbell press 8 lbs
2 static hold chin ups 10 seconds
3 sets of 10 lat pulldowns 40 lbs
3 sets of 10 russian twists 10 lbs
10 minutes on the elliptical

Measurements:
Weight: 121.2
Body fat %: 17.6
Water %: 61.90*
Muscle %: 39*
Bone mass: 4.6 lbs

*I’m confused by these two measurements and I believe there is probably an inaccuracy in my scale. If I calculate out the number of pounds of muscle I have, my body has 47.268 pounds of muscle.. BUT if you calculate what it was before, it was 48.8394 pounds? It doesn’t make sense that I actually lost muscle considering I’ve been doing strength exercises. Although it looks like my total body water went up, it really went down from 76.4772 pounds of water to 75.0228 pounds of water. I am guessing that my scale is improperly classifying muscle as water – I refuse to believe that the amount of muscle in my body is going down!

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Day 16

Breakfast: coffee with Coffeemate coffee creamers, banana and almond butter protein shake
Lunch: 3 eggs, 3 slices of bacon, Mexican blend cheese, half a small onion
Dinner:Ruth’s Chris filet mignon and strip steak, asparagus with hollandaise sauce

Workout:
3 sets of 8 kettlebell deadlifts 35 lbs
3 sets of 8 backstep lunges
3 sets of back extensions 25 lbs

“Before” progress pictures:
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Day 1

Starting measurements:
Weight: 126.2
Body fat %: 18.1
Water %: 60.6
Muscle %: 38.7
Bone mass: 4.6 lbs

Breakfast: Coffee with milk
Lunch: Omelette with 3 eggs, onions, and feta cheese
Snack: Apple with almond butter and coffee with milk
Dinner: Chicken curry with broccoli and jasmine rice