Since jumping on board with this 90 day challenge, I’ve been stricken with the thought that I might be going about getting in shape all wrong.
From the start, I’ve been working out 5 or more days a week at Blitz Conditioning and have seen little to no change in my body measurements. After 3 weeks of whole body workouts, isolation workouts and a decently strict meal plan – my weight, body fat, hydration and muscle mass have barely changed (see bottom of post for results).
I’ve been so frustrated seeing NO results when I’ve been working so hard…
Until… I started writing this blog post and compared the photos from when I first started this adventure to today:
I can see a CLEAR difference in mass and even a little definition between day 1 and day 20 (today). What do you think?
I discussed my frustrations with Chris, and we came to the conclusion that everybody’s body burns fat and builds muscle differently. While for some people all these high intensity workouts might just burn fat, for me (and thanks to the combo of high intensity + heavier isolation workouts that Chris, Brett, Steve & Paul have helped me with) I’ve actually added and lost all at the same time. AMAZING!
Here’s another great example…
Picking the back photo apart (and looking at it as simple as possible), you can see that after only 20 days my ‘love handles’ are quickly disappearing and the ‘V’ shaped back that I’ve been striving for is slowly showing itself.
As I move forward into the next few weeks and months I’m hoping to see a few more things happen:
Get a better handle on my diet
I’ve mentioned that Revive Wellness was kind enough to help me out with a full meal plan. After following the plan for a couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that there are some food groups that my body doesn’t appreciate; the most significant one is dairy. The amount of dairy in this diet has been hard on my stomach. From now on, I’m going to try and avoid it as much as possible while working with Revive to come up with an alternate solution to this.
I’ve heard so many times that I should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day and that it actually helps (a lot) in the fat loss process. I’m currently consuming about 2-3 glasses a day – so I’ll need to focus on that goal some more.
Much much more sleep
I work long hours, I am currently in the midst of packing my house, I’m heading out for a mini vacation (you’ll hear about that next week) and I’m also trying to enjoy the summer nights with friends and family. Trying to get ample amounts of sleep is difficult for me. I maybe averaged 4-5 hours of sleep a night lately, but I’ve been told that getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night can help with weight loss and muscle building. Over the next few weeks, my goal is to increase the amount of sleep I get at night, from 4 hours to 8.
Week 3 – 214.6 pounds | Body Fat 21.5% | Hydration 60.2% | Muscle Mass 43.8%
Week 2 – 215.6 pounds | Body Fat 22.7% | Hydration 60.1% | Muscle Mass 42.6%
Week 1 – 214.8 pounds | Body Fat 22.5% | Hydration 60.2% | Muscle Mass 43%
Week 0 – 214.0 pounds | Body Fat 22.3% | Hydration 60.3% | Muscle Mass 43%