I am now 2 weeks into my '155 or bust' program, and I honestly have not made much progress. On the positive side, I am tracking my calories for most meals (things tend to fall apart by dinner-time...), I am running or at least walk-running 5 or 6 days a week, and I have halted any additional weight gain. Also working out with a trainer regularly, 3 times last week and once already (on Monday) this week. So things are happening and my abs, back and shoulders are definitely getting stronger. I just need to shed a considerable amount of subcutaneous fat for any kind of muscle definition to show up.
The scale can be deceiving. It appears that my weight fluctuates by several pounds on a daily basis, depending on the time of the day, degree of hydration, and so on. So just to add another 'wrinkle' to the mix, I am dragging out my nearly forgotten Accu-Measure set of fat calipers, which trainers use to measure body fat. So as of this morning, before I set off on what will hopefully be a 6-mile effort, the depressing reality is that my skinfold measurement at the supra-iliac (about an inch up from the hipbone) is just under 30mm. This is on the high side of 'average' which means that I am about 2 veggie burgers and fries away from being 'over fat'. Quel horreur!
Weight today: 172
1 mile walk, 1 mile easy run with Daisy, 5 miles EZ along the Bayou
Very little residual pain in the calves.
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