Another week has come and gone.
I had a great week and busted my ass in the gym and in the kitchen.
I didn't have any slip ups and stayed on track with my diet. Does that mean I ate all clean, whole foods every single day? NO. It means I stayed within my macros and calories.
I am eating about 1700 calories a day now. 1800 was proving a bit difficult for me to get to, so I dropped it down to 1700 and I'm functioning much better on this amount.
But I'm tracking my macros, which allows me a little wiggle room for some little treats every now and then.
For more info on tracking your macros, go to www.iifym.com.
My personal ratio is 30% carbs, 35% fat, 35% protein.
That's based on MY goals, etc.
And right now that's working for me.
Body fat percentage is down to 20.9% which is a 1.1% loss from last week.
Very happy with that. Even though my weight was up to 140.2, a gain of .8 lbs.
I'm not worried about that, though. My focus is on body fat.
I'm not going to give the disclaimer every time I post this picture... if you're offended by my back pose, keep ona steppin mmmkay.
The biggest thing I'm learning so far is that you're going to have ups and downs. Days when you feel puffy or bloated, days when your abs aren't visible, days when you feel bigger, are up a pound or two, etc. It's all very mentally taxing to be doing absolutely everything in your power you can to improve and seeing minimal changes.
To help with this I take a lot of pictures.
I track my progress through it all, noting how I feel, my weight, measurements, etc. It's a great way to SEE what changes your body is making, regardless of if you notice them every day or not.
For example, I wasn't sure I'd made a whole lot of progress this week, until I saw this comparrison picture:
THIS is why I take progress pictures. It helps to see the hard work I'm putting in paying off.
I've hit some recent PRs that I'm pretty happy with and assures me that I'm getting stronger and better every day. :)