I woke up this morning with the sound of Darth Vader’s theme song filtering through my mind. I had a 9 am appointment with Sadist to do my next 4 week set of measurements and strength test. I was a bit concerned about this, not going to lie. I have been working out hard, pushing myself to stay focused, writing down my thoughts here for anyone to read.My diet could be better, I will own up to that, but then again, it could be -and has been- lots worse.
First in the day is to face the scale. That evil device that gives a numerical representation of me vs. gravity. My number this morning? 213.1 pounds, down 9.2 pounds from when I started recording on My Fitness Pal. Not too bad, I can take that number, as long as it continues to drop. I have my coffee, grab a string cheese, and head out to face the music. I know that there will be some improvement, I am tightening my belt a bit tighter, noticing that my clothes are fitting, and feeling, differently. My co-workers are noticing a change in my face and my waist, so I am a mixed bag of eager and apprehensive to see the numbers.
Here we go: I gave him my weight, the 213, but my first visit with him was at 223, by his records, thats 10 pounds. *Keep breathing, self, keep breathing* Body fat is next. A let down there, as I did not change (38.5), but Sadist told me not to concentrate on that. It will come down, the effort I have been putting in is evident. Now the tape measure comes out, anxiety kicks up. I am still breathing, thinking about the miles I have put in, the pounds I have lifted, the steps I have been taking.
Here we go:
Body Part 4 Weeks Ago Today Difference
Neck 14 1/2 in 14 in – 1/2 in
Shoulders 49 1/2 in 47 1/2 in – 2 in
Chest 46 in 44 in – 2 in
Right Bicep 14 in 13 in – 1 in
Left Bicep 14 in 13 in – 1 in
Stomach 43 in 42 in – 1 in
Hips 47 1/2 in 45 in – 2 1/2 in
Right Thigh 28 in 26 in – 2 in
Left Thigh 28 in 26 in – 2 in
Right Calf 17 in 17 in 0
Left Calf 17 in 17 in 0
I am taken back as he is writing these numbers down, telling me the differences. When he is finished, he pulled out his calculator to double check himself before telling me that I have lost an overall total of 14 inches this first month, on top of the 10 pounds!! I am flying so high now.
Next, we do to the strength test. One rep max weight.
My leg press max 4 weeks ago was 590 pounds, today i maxed at 720 pounds.
Chest press stayed the same as 4 weeks ago: 85 pounds.
Total sit-ups in one minute went from 24 to 35.
Total pushups in one minute went from 17 up to 25. And my one mile “run” (more of a wog: walk /jog) went from 16:30 down to 14:55. I took 1:35 off my time.
I know that I cannot expect results like this next month. My body has had a major shake up this month! But I have proven to myself that I AM capable of doing this, it will just take time and effort, and my special Sadist.