I had a lot of vacation-type dietary setbacks at the end of last year. I mean, a LOT. There was the week at Burning Man in September (in Nevada).
A week in the Carolinas in October.
A week in San Diego over New Years.
That doesn’t even factor in Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tore both of those holidays a new one. And I liked it.
For the past 2 months, I’ve increased my strength training with a lot of weights and Crossfit. I’ve been eating well and (sadly) been avoiding alcohol. I’ve had a few beers here and there and if you like the blog’s Facebook page, you know this happened on Thursday.
Ok, two of those happened. I don’t bother taking wrappers off. The wrappers still have a little cupcake on them, so that’s like throwing away food. There are starving people without cupcake wrappers out there.
Side Note: Lots of you have been asking about my nail color in the past few days. That’s Sally Hansen brand in Mint Sorbet.
I was starting to get discouraged because I’ve been putting in a lot of effort, but haven’t lost much weight. Just 3lbs according to my scale and I gained 1lb according to Linda’s scale. (She’s our personal trainer, if you’re new here.)
Well, that all changed today. Body fat results are in.
- I gained: 5 lbs of muscle
- I lost: 8lbs of fat
- Body fat percentage: Went from 22% to 17.5%
My body fat was 17% before the vacations/holidays happened. So, I’m back to where I was before I started eating like the zombie apocalypse was pending.
Oh, and I disagree with this pie chart. That orange area should take up most of the graph.
So, if you’re discouraged because you’re trying to lose weight and can’t, but are doing everything you can (exercising, changing up your exercise routine, eating well) to reach your goals, this is proof that the scale is only part of the whole picture. Keep working toward your goals, because you’ll get there. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
I’m heading out to Target to pick up a few things, and then I’m celebrating my new found herculean status at Ross by buying a new shirt.