As I outlined in my first blog here on My Fat Lifestyle, one of the topics I will be covering regularly is my progress.
At this stage I have the very poorly defined goal of “Finding a Healthier Me”. I will write a post shortly about what my measurable goals are (once I actually set them).
Currently my primary goal within Finding a Healthier Me is to loose fat. I have been obese for way to long and its time for the fat to be given its marching orders.
The secondary goal is to continue to build my strength. I enjoy pushing heavy weights around the gym.
As the fat is sent packing, I want to increase the weight of my main lifts.
What am I measuring?
On a weekly basis I am recording what my weight is, the measurement around my waist and blood pressure.
On the last Friday of each month I am also recording the following measurements.
Biceps (L & R), Shoulders, Chest, Hips, Thighs (L & R) and Calf (L & R).
Unfortunately I did not start keeping these records in June when I made the decision to start on this Journey. I have been keeping records since July and will use those for my regular checkin.
On the weight lifting side, I am tracking all of my training. However I am interested in improving 4 main lifts.
Bench press, Squat, Deadlift and Overhead Press.
The Results – Fat Loss
I have lost 8.4 kg (18 pounds) in the last 2 months and 12.4 kg (27 pounds ) since I started this journey.
However weight loss by itself doesn’t tell me if I am loosing fat. The circumference of my waist is down 10.5 cm (4.1 in) in the last 2 months.
As the graph above shows it hasn’t been smooth sailing but the trend is down 😀.
While there hasn’t been anything startling with my blood pressure. I have never suffered from high blood pressure except for one period of my life, but that is a separate blog.
What is amazing from the above table is the 52cm (20.5 in) which I have lost from my arms, legs and body.
When I combine the weight loss with the cm’s lost, it is clearly showing that the fat is going.
The Results – Weight Training
With my weight training I am following the Wendler 5/3/1 training methodology. Each week has a slightly different programming and target weight. For the purposes of my measurements I will just be looking at the maximum effort week each month.
As you can see from the above table I had a bit of drop off in my strength between July and August. I am putting this down to my body just getting used to the changes it is going through.
In September I increased all of my lifts except the Overhead Press higher than my July totals.
In particular I had significant increases in my Squat and Deadlift totals. I will be interested to see how my strength progresses as the fat is lost from my body.
I would love to hear how you are progressing in your Journeys. Either leave a comment below or tag me in a tweet showing your progress.