Day 24 of CAC

20140626-161226-58346041.jpgI wasn’t sure if I wanted to post these results from this Tuesday, Day 24 of CAC because it just seemed a bit inaccurate. My results were:

Weight: 106

% Body Fat: 19.3%

I assume the big drop since 4 days prior could be due to dehydration and extra workouts I packed in. Hot yoga especially, takes time after for the body to replenish¬†its water content. I unfortunately still can’t see abs, so need to step up my ab workouts and drop that final layer of fat. 4 days left in June…

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24

Day 20 of CAC

20140620-110240-39760944.jpgGuess what arrived in the mail yesterday? Fat Loss Monitor! I was so excited when I received it yesterday that I broke it out and measured myself. 23% body fat. Around Day 7 of CAC, I measured using the caliper and it was around 24%. Just the other day, I estimated I’ve lost about 1% since then and now I have proof!¬†

The monitor came with an instruction manual and it says good times to measure if upon waking, 2 hours after meals and right before sleeping. This is to ensure no excess water is retained in your body during time of measurement. In my excitement, I forgot I had just eaten a bowl of berries and drank a ton of water after my hot yoga session, so perhaps it wasn’t as accurate as it should be.

20140620-111145-40305417.jpgAs of this morning, upon waking, I took the following measurements.

Weight: 107 lbs

% Body fat: 21.4%

The measurement varies depending on how much food/water is retained in your body, so it’s important to measure at the same time each day.

I would ideally like to ¬†lose another 3% or by losing fat and gaining muscles. I’m not so much concerned with my weight as the protrusion of fat when I wear something tight or bend around the waist. If I’m standing, fine, it’s stretched out. But you you can really tell is when you’re crunched up. Not a pretty picture…

For me, it’s very motivating to see the actual results and more interestingly, to have a partner who’s trying to accomplish the same goal. I have a guy friend who’s also trying to lose a few more % of body fat. Trust me, we know we’re not “fat”, but that beach body requires hard work and dedication. By turning¬†this process into a competition, we’ve added an extra level of motivation and the outcomes will seem so much sweeter. I’ll also keep you posted on his progress! He’s around 16%, which is normal for guys

Day 20 Smoothie: 2 celery stalks, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup mixed berries, 5 basil leafs, 1 lemon (peels on), protein powder, matcha powder and 10 fl oz of water

It’s Friday again, 3rd Friday since I started the Cleanse for Abs Challenge.

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24

Day 18 of CAC

After struggling for so long, the surprising speed and ease at which my weight is dropping is causing a bit of skepticism to form in my mind. Having speculated enough, I went and bought a body fat loss monitor on Amazon, arriving this Friday! Looking back, I should probably have invested in one long ago, but I know exactly why I did not.

You know how we like to avoid the truth because it may be hurtful, disheartening or plainly embarrassing? That was me about 2 months ago. I was afraid to find out just how heavy I’ve becomes since last fall. Now that I’m finally back on track, I want to know where I am and how far I am from my goal of (20% body fat).

Weight: 107.5 lbs

Day 18 Smoothie: 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cup almond mind, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup organic fresh strawberries, protein powder, matcha powder and 10 fl oz of water

Abs Challenge: I’m at Day 21 with 90 sit-ups, 130 crunches, 52 leg raises, and 80s plank

Lunch: Raw kale salad with basil turkey meatballs

Today is a weight training and swimming day, perfect since the weather is about 85 degrees Farenheit!

Photo Update~

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24

Day 17 of CAC

With the weather warming up to extremely hot and the sun blazing unforgivably in the sky, my body has finally decided to let go of my winter fat reserves. Thank you nature.

Despite a gluttonous weekend, my weight has dropped down to 108 lbs again with a decrease of (I’m estimating) 1% body fat.¬†It dawned on me at some point that this could be due to the 4 hours I spent in direct sunlight while watching the Mets game this past Sunday. It makes sense. After doing some research online, I can say I’m not the only one that thinks sunlight aids in burning fat. Getting morning sun can kick start your metabolism better than any exercise, it’s nature’s way of waking up your body.

On Monday, I resumed my weight training plus swimming. Swimming is such a good cardio workout. The cold water causes the body to burn reserve fat in order to regulate body temperature. You also avoid the sticky sweat and overheating while causing less stress to your joints and bones. Swimming also helps to build lean muscles, you would never see a bulky swimmer.

Today’s smoothie:¬†2 celery stalks, 1/2 cup cucumber, 1¬†cup spinach, 1/2 cup mixed berries, protein powder, matcha powder and 10 fl oz of water

I gave in to some carbs and cheese during lunch, which left me extremely full and resulted in my skipping dinner altogether. I figure some carbs will help with my weight training and cardio tomorrow. I finished today with a round of hot yoga. My skin¬†is literally¬†glowing, from reflecting the light. Yes, it’s that¬†smooth.

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24

Day 13 of CAC

Another friday and¬†the first¬†2 weeks¬†are almost up. I’m back at where I started in terms of weight (110 lbs) but hopefully with less of the fat and more muscle.

I finally took a rest day this morning for the ab challenge. I don’t believe in rest days, but it¬†just felt like one of those morning.¬†I haven’t worked out as hard as I did on Wednesday in a long time. My back, shoulder and glutes are quite sore at this point, but surprisingly not my abs.

Today’s smoothie was an alteration to the normal smoothie, all the ingredients arefresh and¬†not frozen. I’m avoiding frozen/cold drinks and foods for the time being. Only time of the month¬†I dislike being a girl, too much hassle and too many restrictions.

Day 13 Smoothie: 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cup cucumber, 1/2 cup kale, 1/3 cup blueberries, protein powder, matcha powder and 10 fl oz of water

My plan for working out today is the eliptical for cardio¬†since I still can’t run. And no alcohol, hopefully.

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24

Day 12 of CAC

I dropped 1 lb¬†since yesterday! Honestly, I’m pretty sure the 0.5 – 1 lb¬†fluctuations are due to water weight. But hopefully, muscles are slowly taking the place of fat. My skin does feel tighter, so that’s a good sign.

Weight: 109 lbs

I started carrying out my plan from yesterday¬†and it appears to be working. I squatted¬†95 lbs 15 times for a total of 4 sets. That’s 60 ups and downs, hence I’m in need of some serious stretching. Hence, hot yoga day today.¬†A friend recommended that I use free bar next time in order to engage different muscle groups as stabilizers.¬†Good idea, but¬†I worry being my clumsy self, I might drop it on someone¬†or myself and cause some¬†serious injuries. I’ll think about it…

Post-strength training, I also did a thousand meters in the pool as cardio. I actually met a very interesting¬†older (guessing 60+ since he looked about 40)¬†African American¬†gentlemen at the pool. He struck up a conversation with me and wouldn’t let me politely end the conversation right away.

What did I learn?

I learned that¬†he was going for his swimming instructor re-certification. The exam involves swimming 100m (~4 laps) with a 200lb¬†mannequin in each of the 4 styles. Running in the water for 50m and something else. That’s nothing, he says, compared to what his coach used to make him do, like swim with a wet suit and converse.

At the end, still¬†reluctant¬†to let me go, he told me a real shocker. He lost about 90 lbs¬†(265 to 175)¬†since last year after he started swimming again. That’s an entire teenage girl (yes, I used to be 90 lbs when I was 16)!¬†Along with¬†some ab workout tips: find a parallel bar and bind your legs to either side. Body raises on steroids. He says it’s not hard,¬†he does it…¬†Man,¬†old people are amazing and really inspirational.¬†You bet I’m raising my game as well!

Day¬†12 Smoothie:¬†10 fl oz of water, 1 whole organic lemon (peels on), 1 cup frozen spinach, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 tbsp matcha powder, 1 tbsp protein powder¬†— w/ addition of:¬†1/3 cup cucumber and pineapple

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24

Day 11 of CAC

Ever since I injured my foot on Saturday, I haven’t been able to do any running or other cardio, and it’s taking its toll. A friend of mine said working out is detrimental to the body and I would agree but I would also add, not working out is detrimental to my fat cutting goal.

My workout has been limited to the Abs Challenege each morning and a quick weight training session the last 2 days. Also out of curiosity, I googled whether hot yoga count as cardio. Unfortunately just because my heart is pounding doesn’t necessarily mean I’m working as hard as when I run. Less movement = not cardio. With that being said, yoga is great for muscle toning and flexibility. Ladies, if you want to shapely legs and waist, yoga is the way to go.

I can keep making excuses or I can suck it up and admit I’m back to square 1 when I first started last Monday. Weight is back at¬†110.

So, instead of wallowing in selfpity, what’s my next plan?

1. Eat cleaner and cut out alcohol completely. I realized every bite and sip counts for me. In order to work towards my goal, some sacrifises need to be made. No more cheat foods for the time being.

2. Join a gym that has a swimming pool. Luckily there is a pool close to my apartment that offeres lap swim 7am-9am and¬†6:30pm-9:20pm every day. As it’s also getting closer to summer, it might start to get too hot to run in the morning. This makes me think about chopping my hair to shoulder-length so it’s easier to wash and dry.

3. Heavier weights. I realized my 20lb kettlebell has become too light for me after using it to work out all winter. Joining the gym will take care of that. I’m going straight¬†for that¬†squat/bench press¬†machine.

4. Schedule activities that do not revolve around eating on weekends. Preferrably activities that involves physical exertions.

5. Continue with large smoothies for breakfast

Day¬†11 Smoothie:¬†10 fl oz of water, 1 whole organic lemon (peels on), 1 cup frozen spinach, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 tbsp matcha powder, 1 tbsp protein powder¬†— w/ addition of:¬†1/3 cup¬†cucumber and 1/4 cup celery leafs

Intro/Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 17, Day 18, Day 20, Day 24