Triumphs & Setbacks


I Know How He Feels

I Know How He Feels

So I was talking to my wife last night about my sudden weight drop and my concern that I was losing the wrong kind of mass, and she said to me, “Duh, you’ve been running around non-stop.  You have hardly sat down all week.”  I love this woman.  And she is right.  I had been on my feet from 6 A.M. until at least 10:30 P.M. – mostly spent running up and down stairs to get this or that, carrying laundry baskets, moving furniture, dumping garbage, etc.  Heck, I even took the stairs at the hospital since the elevators were too slow, and we were only on the fourth floor.  And yes, ALL exercise counts.  Our ancestors didn’t “work out”, they just WORKED!  So I guess I really did get some primal exercise.  It really is hard to break free from the “exercise program” mentality.  And the weakness I experienced?  Well, maybe I’m just tired (REALLY tired!) because my sets went much better today after a couple cups of black coffee.

So I got up today feeling better about those 3 pounds, and though I don’t usually weigh more than once per week, I jumped on the scale this morning and had lost another half a pound!  Again, the words of my wife come to mind, “Duh! We’re back to eating low-carb again!”  Yes, yes we are 🙂

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OK, OK, so it’s not that bad.  I stepped on the scale this morning and weighed in at 191.2 lbs.  Good news, right?  Problem is, since my daughter was born a week ago today I have lost just over 3 lbs.

Now I normally don’t stress too much about a low calorie intake.  Rusty @ Fitness Black Book did a great article on the preservation of lean mass on very low cal diets.  Problem is the key to keeping lean mass is resistance training, and I have not been doing anything the past week, so I’m pretty sure that some of that weight was muscle 😦  I went back to doing my morning pushups today and I was noticeably weaker.  If I had been resting and eating properly that week off should have made my set easier.  My chinups also suffered, and I was forced to kick my legs on the last three reps.

So today begins a rededication to my daily exercise, though I can guarantee I won’t be improving my sleep pattern anytime soon.  I’m also making a point to up my calories, particularly protein. Today I ate almost a pound of leftover shredded chicken for tacos (no tortilla, of course) for lunch.

On a happy note, I calculated my Body Fat percentage using Hugo Rivera’s Body Fat Calculator over at Dave Draper’s website and came in at 22.7, down about 3% from January.  I’ve also lost an inch off of my waist.  I don’t obsess over my BF%, but it is a useful tool to remind me that there is work to be done yet.  I think I look pretty good now but still have a lot of stubborn fat on my pecs, under my armpits, the small of my back, and obliques.  The measurement is accurate to +/- 3% (hope it’s erring to the high side, lol) making it almost as good and a hell of a lot cheaper than a Tanita scale.

And I wanted to send a big Mahalo (thank you) to Dr. Dan @ At Darwin’s Table for all of the referrals!