Happy Monday readers! Today was my second weigh-in since starting my weight loss regime and I think it is time to tell you that I have hit a bit of a snag. I have hit a snag in terms of my weight but also in my way of thinking: is weight loss desirable or is body sculpting the better way to go? Yes, I have had a bad week in terms of weight loss but in terms of toning, this week has been awesome!
Last weeks weigh in and measurements:
Left Leg: 53.5cm
Right Leg: 54.5cm
Left Arm: 30cm
Right Arm: 29cm
Today’s weigh in and measurements:
Left Leg: 52cm
Right Leg: 53.5cm
Left Arm: 30cm
Right Arm: 29cm
I have gained a kilogram of weight. From a weight loss point of view, this is rather depressing. When I started this regime, it was with the goal of losing weight: starting at 54kg and getting down to a goal weight of around 45kg. In terms of losing weight, I am rather disappointed with my efforts this week. I can’t help but think that the two days where I went slightly over my fat intake quota could have attributed to this 1kg gain. It makes me think that I haven’t been stricter on myself. I have put on weight and this was not the goal.
On the other hand, I look at my measurements and these tell me another story. Particularly in my core and chest sections, I have shaved off quite a few centimeters. So, I am toning successfully. Furthermore, I know that I am shaving off the fat by the fact that I can now fit in jeans that I couldn’t two weeks ago. I have to wonder, is the weight gain fat or muscle?
I have to be honest, my cardio regime seemed to be lacking a little this last week and I have seemed to have favoured light weights and core exercises. I haven’t broken a sweat nearly as much as last week and for that reason, I think I can safely say that this is the reason I have not made a loss this week. However, I exercised every day this week in comparison to last weekend when I was unable to use my legs due to over exertion. Yesterday, I went for a long walk around the river for over an hour and this seemed to be a nice leisurely workout without having to drag myself to the gym. This week, I need to break a sweat a little more with my cardio exercises and concentrate on these, particularly the running.
Despite the two days where I over ate my fat daily intake, my diet has been very good. When I say I ate too much fat, I didn’t go down to Maccas and go stupid, it would have been the few pieces of cheese I had in a salad. I think my main culprit would be that I have over eaten on the protein without balancing it with green vegetables. I need to increase my intake of vegetables this week and I will see how this goes later in the week. Overall however, I think I have just eaten out too many times this week. Not that I have eaten crap, it is just that when you eat at a restaurant, you don’t have the control over what is in your food. This week, I think I will do a lot of home cooking. However, I went to a party on the weekend and on two other occasions, went out to celebrate a birthday and managed to not have a drop of alcohol. WIN!
I found this article this morning about muscle gain and what kind of foods promotes this: http://www.muscleprodigy.com/the-best-foods-for-weight-loss-and-muscle-gain-arcl-1055.html. I realised that my diet pretty much consists of all the protein foods mentioned in the article. However, my carbohydrate intake is still very low.
I suppose now I have to rethink myself a little. Do I want to lose weight or do I want to tone my body? I still have this niggling goal in the back of my head saying that being under 50kg is what is needed for me to be happy. I am actually really confused today, readers. I am also a little annoyed at myself for making a gain.