Fitness Journal C3W5D5

Thoughts: I’ve been bulking (deliberately and inadvertently thanks to the holidays :P) for a month now and here are my stat comparisons. I don’t believe that this morning’s weigh-in is fully accurate since I’m still fighting off the last bit of post-holiday carb and sodium bloat while saddled with PMS week, but I’d say that my current “real” weight is 134 lbs or thereabouts. I should have a more accurate value in a week or so.

I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole bulking process. It’s oddly depressing to see the scale go UP even though I’m doing this in a controlled manner for a logical reason. It’s harder than I expected to switch gears after six months of getting smaller, you know? Every day I’m fighting the urge to go back to a cutting diet. I honestly don’t know if I can stick this out through the end of January.

The only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that both gaining AND losing weight is pretty easy for me, I’m definitely putting on muscle mass in my back and arms now, and I’m no doubt raising my metabolism back to normal levels with this extended maintenance calorie period. I also took another set of caliper readings with my sister’s Slim Guide calipers (the same one used by my gym) and got a 14.3% body fat reading last week using a three-site fat calculator. When I had my caliper measurements taken on October 12 with the same type of calipers, the calculator came up with a value of 16.19%. My scale weight is even higher now than it was back then, so I know I’m heading in the right direction.

Still, I miss the days when my outline wasn’t so very blurry, even if there ARE some happy muscles incubating underneath the padded wrapper.

I’ll get some progress photos up on Sunday!

Date 11/25/2004
12/31/2004
 
Age
29
29
  
Sex
F
F
  
Height
65.98
in

(1.68 m)
65.98
in

(1.68 m)

Weight
132
lbs

(60.00 kg)
137
lbs

(62.10 kg)

5 lbs

(2.10 Kg)
Neck
12.76
in

(32.40
cm)
12.99
in

(33.00 cm)

0.24 in

(0.60 cm)
Shoulder
40.00
in
(101.60
cm)
41.26
in
(104.80
cm)

1.26 in

(3.20 cm)
Chest
33.50
in
(85.10
cm)
33.50
in
(85.10
cm)

Waist
24.49
in

(62.20
cm)
25.00
in

(63.50 cm)

0.51 in

(1.30 cm)
Abdomen
25.98
in

(66.00
cm)
27.24
in

(69.20 cm)

1.26 in

(3.20 cm)
Hips
35.98
in
(91.40
cm)
36.50
in
(92.70
cm)

0.51 in

(1.30 cm)
Thigh
21.50
in
(54.60
cm)
22.52
in
(57.20
cm)

1.02 in

(2.60 cm)
Knee
13.50
in
(34.30
cm)
13.50
in
(34.30
cm)

Calf
14.76
in

(37.50
cm)
14.76
in

(37.50 cm)

Ankle
7.76
in
(19.70
cm)
7.76
in
(19.70
cm)

Arm
11.26
in
(28.60
cm)
11.26
in
(28.60
cm)

Forearm
9.25
in
(23.50
cm)
9.25
in
(23.50
cm)

Wrist
5.75
in

(14.60
cm)
5.75
in

(14.60 cm)

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Nutrition (1800-2000 calorie high zigzag day)
1: Chocolate banana PB shake with GNC Creastack (x 2)
2: Thai chicken salad with sweet potato wedges
3: Sara Lake choco cake with 1 T. peanut butter, 1 T. SF blackberry preserves, and apple
4: Chocolate raisin walnut bar
5: Free meal
6: Chocolate dipped strawberry EAS bar

Supplements:
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
1/2 t. GNC Creastack

Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = 2023 / -213 (target -500)
Water: 17 cups
Ratios: 41% carb / 34% protein / 25% fat

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Workout:
8:00 AM Oxygen leg workout

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The Awful Truth:
1. Went a bit higher in calories than planned yesterday.

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Brownie Points:
1. Stuck with authorized foods, even if I had a bit too MUCH of them, heh.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Finish transferring data to my new computer tonight.
2. Plan a new schedule for the next month.
3. Go grocery shopping.
4. Catch up on workouts tomorrow.
5. Give Eating for Life recipes a fair shake.

2 thoughts on “Fitness Journal C3W5D5

  1. hey maggie, wassup? Just think if there is any time of year to do it (bulk up), its now, and also, I think that cutting all year, is pretty hard on your system, and maybe it will make it much more satisfying and dramatic when you cut in springtime. But I hear ya, it is scary to see the scale go up. PS. this month’s issue of muscle and fitness HERS is pretty good, I find mixing up the workouts really helps. I read your blog a lot and really enjoy it. Thanks!

  2. Hey Jojo! Thanks for the support 🙂

    Intellectually I know I’m doing the right thing, but the formerly-fluffy psyche is a weird thing. I need to send myself a daily reminder that a planned calorie increase combined with exercise is completely different than “falling off the wagon.” I’m changing the tires on the wagon, loading it up with more cargo, and taking it down a different path to Buffville instead of Slim City, eh? 😉

    I’ve got the current issue of Hers, too. I can’t wait to try out the glutes, quads, and hamstrings workouts. 🙂 That Oxygen leg workout still kicks my ass (I was nearly whimpering this morning), but the stuff in Hers looked killer, too.

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