A new low, but it’s all good news!

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you’ll know all about my stubborn determination to get my body fat low and increase my muscle toning.

Last night we had a restart on the four week challenge due to a few lifestyle interruptions that destroyed my friends week. I stuck to the paleo guidelines as I’m thought it’s not an excuse to reset the goals just because he got distracted. As a result of the new weigh in, I got to get a sneak peak at how I was tracking (every opportunity to gauge changes!) and it’s proved an interesting exercise as he prefers to do measurements on Sunday night before eating dinner, where I prefer to do it first thing Monday morning before eating breakfast. Perhaps that a female vs male logic – I think the results are smaller as I’ll be empty and he thinks it’s more realistic at the end of the day.  It also got me thinking about perception, and how we view ourselves against what we really look like – and when I found this image I thought it was pretty accurate – what do you see when you look in the mirror?

logic

Since last week according to his ridiculously fancy scales, I’ve lost 800 grams overall but about 600 grams of that is muscle. This resulted in exchanging some blank and confused facial expressions and a few words like “hmmmm, interesting” and “that’s a bit odd”. I wanted to scream some profanities but wasn’t sure which word was appropriate!

We have now committed pen to paper and put down our targets to be achieved in four weeks time, and to be honest, I’ll admit it isn’t going to be easy but I think it’s achievable. I’ve got some strength bags, and found a routine (sorry, image quality isn’t very good but you get the idea) that I’ll attempt on days I’m not doing bootcamp or hill runs. I started with 10 reps of each and will increase that each time by increments of 5. exercisesOhhh, on a side note, my running buddy and I have created a new personal best for the hill run that we are competing in this weekend – and I’m so proud to run alongside her at this event, as she motivates me even if she doesn’t know it…

I guess the best news I had this morning was part of my normal measurement routine – I’m down to 60.2kg which is so incredibly close to that ‘magical figure’ that I’ve been striving to obtain. It officially makes me the lightest I’ve been on my fitness journey and I’ll admit it, I did a little happy dance (which is interesting to see in the bathroom mirror while not wearing anything!). I also got the tape measure out and I’m shrinking around my waist, hips and thigh.

And at the same time I’m very aware (and I say this so everyone stops nagging me, and that includes my Zumba instructor) I know is not about what I weigh on the scales. I get that – I totally and completely understand that it’s not about weight, it’s about how I feel about myself. I also know that my weight is likely to increase as I gain muscle, just as long as the fat drops off at the same time!

Yet another challenge, sure ok, bring it on!

A quick update for you on what’s happened in the last few weeks. I’m a regular blood donor and get called up every 3 months to donate a pint of my finest B+ that clearly they can’t get enough off. However, when I visited a few weeks ago, my iron store was too low to donate. Normally I’m ok, but in the back of my mind I’m thinking maybe this is a result of all the cardio and change in diet. A couple of vials of blood were taken and sent away for testing, and the outcome was a visit to my local doctor.

Last time I went to the doctor was in 2007, which I think is pretty impressive, but did mean I was treated like a newbie and had to answer a zillion questions. Long story, made short, I had to supply a couple of specimens using these..

Specimen bag I’m still waiting the results and I don’t think it will reveal anything dramatic but it will probably eliminate a couple of possible issues.

Since I have an inability to say no, I’ve accepted a four-week fat loss/muscle gain challenge, and it is paleo related (no surprises huh?) and will push me harder than I’ve been tested before.  The friend who got me re-started on paleo before Christmas fell off his own food wagon. He contacted me with a simple challenge – eat clean paleo for four weeks, with a full measurement (using his extremely fancy pants scales) at the beginning and the end. My initial response “Ohhhhh shhhhiiittt!! The actual scales that will reveal *gulp* EVERYTHING…”, to which my next message was “Ok, yeah, I’m game.”

Donkey KongLast night was the dreaded first weigh in and if you have read my story from the beginning you’ll know how I reacted the first time around. I have come a long way from that first miserable day but I also know my journey isn’t over.  I am more prepared mentally for the physical challenges and my knowledge of food and exercise is growing exponentially.

Just so you know, I’m nearly at my pre-Fiji measurements which was my aim from going paleo this time around.  I promised some photos (before and after) but I’m going to wait until at least the end of this new challenge to get maximum impact!

Goal: Lose 1.45kg of body fat, gain 1kg of muscle which should result in me having about 22% body fat. No pressure on myself to kick this challenge into touch, but I’m a determined and stubborn individual. Wish me luck and please feel free to share your tips and advice – your feedback keeps me motivated.