RCR W1D7: Week 1 Measurements and Photos

Week 1 Measurements
(Starting measurements in parentheses; CHANGES indicated in BOLD)

Height: 5’6″
Weight: 143.6 lbs (146.4 lbs)
BMI: 23.2 (23.7)

BF% (7-Site Skinfold): 16.62% (17.68%)
BF% (Omron): 21.8% (23.0%)
BF% (Tanita scale): 27.2% (26.3%)
BF% (AVERAGE): 21.8% (22.3%)

Neck: 12.75″ (12.75″)
Chest: 35.75″ (36″)
Waist: 26.25″ (26.5″)
Waist – 2″ below belly button: 31.5″ (31.5″)
Hips: 38.75″ (39″)
Thigh: 23.5″ (23.5″)
Calf: 14 7/8″ (15″)
Bicep: 11 7/8″ relaxed / 12.5″ flexed (11 7/8″ relaxed / 12 5/8″ flexed)
Shoulders: 41.5″ (41.75″)

Week 1 Review
So after one week, I have lost almost 3 pounds of scale weight (some of this definitely water weight as this was TOM week and I tend to add about 2 lbs of bloat during those times) and some fractions of inches here and there as well as a wee bit of body fat. I was not afflicted with DOMS performing the workouts, and I have slept pretty well, though I need to get my butt into bed earlier so I have time to do all of my exercises in the morning instead of splitting my cardio sessions up or trying to squeeze them in at night.

Nutrition has been nice and tight this week, which played a big part in my progress. Overall, I feel very good–I’m not starving though my calories fall between 1450-1650 per day, my energy levels are good, and I’m not completely wiped out by my workouts though I am burning a fair number of calories and feeling challenged.

Psychologically, I’m in a good place with my diet; I am committed to keeping it clean until I reach my ultimate goal of 130 lbs (which my Weight Loss Calculator spreadsheet says will be my scale weight target if I want to be at 15% body fat). I like to be at 17-18%, which is maintainable in the long run for me without going nuts with low calories or hours of cardio, but I want to get down to 15% just to have more of a buffer for the holidays and my birthday in January. I know myself well enough to admit that I’ll get lazy for a few weeks here and there throughout the year, so I’d rather have some wiggle room built into my goal so I never wind up looking TOO puffy if I gain 5 lbs.

I don’t feel like too many of these small changes in inches are obvious yet in my photos, but my side view does show a slight decrease in my waist thickness. I plan to take pictures in the same swimsuit and poses every Sunday throughout this challenge and add to my side by side comparison pics as I go along. I figure this will give the best visual record of my changes AND keep me from going nuts on the weekends with my scheduled cheat meals. 😉

(And no, I didn’t suddenly lose my spray tan or anything. I took my starting pics indoors, and the yellowish incandescent lighting gave me a fako tanned look that the natural outdoor lighting in today’s pics does not. I will be sticking with natural lighting for the rest of the contest. I should be seeing some abs again soon, and I’ve found that camera flash tends to make them disappear.)

Front - Week 0 and 1 ComparisonSide - Week 0 and 1 ComparisonBack - Week 0 and 1 Comparison

1. 60 g oats and raisins, 3 egg whites scrambled with 1/4 c. mashed cauliflower
2. 2 oz. Oriental sesame chicken breast strips, 1 c. leftover Pei Wei tofu, veggie, and brown rice stir-fry
3. 10 almonds, 20 g raisins
4. Potluck @ our last Financial Peace University session (1 potsticker and an 8″ plate loaded up with salsa, hummus, eggplant dip, 1 c. raw veggies, 3/4 c. fruit, 1/4 c. glazed pecans, and a 2″x2″ flat bread thingie with veggies on top)
5. 5 pork, leek, and veggie potstickers (~40 calories each) with 1 t. Szechuan chili paste
6. 1 scoop protein, 1/2 c. light soy milk

Water: 16 cups
Supplements: multivitamin, calcium 600+D, 6 fish oil capsules

* YF Flexibility (45 min)

One thought on “RCR W1D7: Week 1 Measurements and Photos

  1. I had no idea pics indoor vs outdoor would change the lighting so much. Looking forward to seeing and reading about your progress on RCR. Can I just say how super cute your bathing suit is? 🙂

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