"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."
- Richard Bach
It’s time, my friends, for another update on this BOOMer’s nutrition journey. There is only about one month left of this magically transforming adventure that we call the 90-Day Transformation Challenge. Can you believe it? How are you all doing? Does anyone need a hug? Maybe a french fry?
It’s been a fairly insane month for yours truly so let’s just dive into my update, shall we?
What has happened?
I did my midpoint InBody test last month and these were my results:
As of February 24th:
Weight: 148.2 lb (Down 11.6 lbs from 159.8 lbs the first test)
Body fat %: 24.9% (Down 5.1% from 30% the first test)
Lean Body Mass: 111.4 lbs (Down .2 lbs from 111.7 lbs the first test)
BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate): 1460 kcals (Down 6 kcals from the first test)
So…according to InBody I still had 3.7 lbs to lose to be my ideal weight (144.5) but my BMI and Body Fat % were considered “normal” (before both were “over”). It doesn't seem like I lost much lean body mass which was great.
This was all music to my ears! It feels pretty good to see some positive results after working so. damn. hard.
What is the story today you ask?
You know you all want to see the numbers and the pictures so let’s just skip the foreplay. Here is where I’m at today.
Weight: 141 lbs (Down 6.2 lbs since the last update. Total of 18.8 lbs lost since day 1 of 90-DTC. Wahoo!)
Chest: 37” (started at 38”)
Waist: 29” (started at 32”)
Hips: 36” (started at 38”)
I know many of you are getting awesome results in this challenge as well. I’m really excited to see where we all end up.
Now I know I’ve been keeping things fairly light in these blog posts. If you know me you know I’m all about having a laugh and finding a way to find a positive perspective in every situation. However, I like to be an open book and when I write it’s imperative to me that I connect with my readers. I want you to be able to relate to me.
To some of you, it may seem like this has all come a bit easy for me. While it certainly hasn’t been easy, it’s true I’ve never had results like this from my efforts. Following Lance’s program and being very diligent has been a game changer. I’ve learned things that will help me the rest of my life.
It hasn’t been a cakewalk and these last few weeks have been harder than most. That is what I really want to address.
The struggle is real.
Being a good mom and wife are the most important things to me. Lately, I’ve been so busy that I’ve felt like I’m spinning 30 plates in the air, running around madly trying to prevent one from crashing to the ground. I’m doing so much, feeling like it’ll be worth it in the end. But will it? When I’m plopping my 4-year-old in front of a movie so I can finish work that is due while my sleep-resisting 10-month old finally naps, I feel like a failure. When I don’t have any time with my husband once the boys are in bed because I’ve already collapsed into a sleep coma on the couch, I feel like I’m neglecting my best friend. I’ve spread myself thin and I’m not excelling at anything, I’m just eking by. There are too many balls in the air. Which ones am I going to drop?
On top of all this, my husband and I finally made the decision to keep our little family as is. He got a vasectomy last week. Yes, this means he can’t lift anything (including our 10-month old) for several days and that is more work for me, but it’s the emotional aspect that has gotten to me the most. We discussed whether we were done having children many times and the answer always ended up being an obvious and logical, yes we are done. But my heart hurts now that it is finally official. That chapter of my life is now closed. I am complete with my boys and I don’t need more. However what many of you may not know is that I lost my firstborn (my daughter Aisley) at 41 weeks during labor back in 2012. To know me is to know her. So now you know. Closing this chapter has brought up a lot of grief. It's so hard to explain but it feels like I say goodbye to her over and over again.
I share this with you because I know that many of you are struggling in your own lives. Relationships. Loss. Stress. LIFE. It can take you right out of it and make everything feel impossible.
Don’t give up. Don’t self-sabotage. Don’t feel alone.
We are all struggling in our own way. We are all fighting to get back to the surface. We are all human. If you feel like you need support please reach out.
Despite all these challenges and perceived failures, my progress has still been solid. Consistency sure seems to be key. When it all comes down to it there really is no destination. This is the journey and there are highs and lows. So let’s strap in and enjoy the ride.
Lance has made some tweaks to help me continue to lower my body fat % and I am very hopeful of seeing even more results. I will say though, the results I’ve already gotten I am completely satisfied with. What I have learned from Lance and the coaches at LFT have set me up for life. I am eternally grateful.
I plan on letting a couple of my plates fall soon. My goal is to reprioritize my life and get back to being more present with my boys. I am very hopeful that things will even out soon.
We have another month to go. Another month to dig our heels in and challenge ourselves in new ways. I’m in if you are.
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