Just before noon today, we drove over to a parking lot in Decatur where I met a man and got in a pool in the back of his box truck to take a test.
It was a very pleasant experience.
Since April 27, I have lost 20% of my fat weight and kept all my lean. I was carrying around 50 pounds of fat, now down to 40. I am thrilled.
Weight: 192.6, down from 203.4
Body Fat: 20.5%, down from 24.4%
I was relieved that my bathroom scale had been off and I had succeeded after all. Turns out, diet works. Bali the test guy told me that I’d managed to lose the fat without losing any of the lean by not cutting calories. I didn’t eat less, just better.
Over the course of the month, the only thing I changed was my diet. I exercised two or three times a week totaling 60 or 90 minutes, as usual for the last year plus.
- Processed food
Junk food mostly. Mostly sugar and bread. I figured eliminating a 10″ stuffed sub and chips and a Mountain Dew or something for lunch every day, and no cookies at night, might produce some results.
It wasn’t a very restrictive diet because I am too lazy and can’t be bothered to count calories or any of that other stuff. I took the gist of what I got from the paleo and whole 30 plans and went with that. Also, my personal cook took care of me. I’m so happy she’s into nutrition and all. Otherwise I would definitely have had a harder go.
My teammates were a big help too. Even though we weren’t able to get together in person, checking in with them over email was a boost. It feels good to know that you’re not alone. And at least I didn’t have Krispy Kreme delivering doughnuts to my office every morning. Somebody else always has it tougher than you.
What I got out of it, other than the body results:
- Wake up with more energy
- No 3 p.m. crash
- Back pain gone (Chiropractor told me it’s like I have a new spine. Only change is I’m 10 pounds lighter.)
- New pants and belts
- More money without spending $10 on lunch every day
- Ate salad twice in one day
- Ate vegetables and fruit every day
- Ordered off the grown-up menu
- Told I look two inches taller and my eyes are “brighter”
- Mistaken as at least two years younger than I am (Maybe that was just my usual youthful vigor and handsomeness, but I’m counting it.)
- Realized not every meal has to have bread (Like when you quit smoking and you can’t imagine what it will be like. “What’ll I do with my hands?” And then you realize it’s OK if they just sort of hang there.)
- Strangely less hungry overall, like I’ve eaten nuts and apples for lunch for the last couple of weeks without really wanting anything else.
- A desire to never eat unsalted cashews ever again
- That weird good success feeling after meeting a challenge, like finishing a race
Of course we went straight from the dunk test to Farm Burger, where I had a celebratory meal of pimento cheese bacon burger, fries, and a root beer float. It was so, so Good.
And yet, the fries didn’t give me the stimulating experience I wanted after being off for a month. Maybe they’ve always been kind of salty mush and I just eat them out of lifelong habit? No slight to FB’s fries, they were perfectly delicious, but maybe fries in general are not really that great?
Halfway through I started fidgeting like I haven’t in a month. Then I felt like I really needed a nap.
Oh, but the root beer float. Perfect.
Maybe I have permanently changed some of my worst habits. I’ll make the bacon egg avocado scramble for breakfast instead of stopping for a bagel. I’ll eat more fruit and drink less cokes. I’ll probably permanently replace Ginger Ale with La Croix in my spritzers (yeah, what?). Allison says we are never having starches with dinner again. Apparently not only are multiple veg healthier, but it’s easier to make dinner without them too.
So yeah, not much effort and totally worth the reward. I’ll take it, and we might even win money too.
The next thing I want out of Fitwit/myself is the ability to do multiple pullups. And if I drop six more fat pounds I’ll be at ‘Optimum Health’ and have the Raiders-era Indiana Jones body that I want.