Weight - 217 - (2.5)
Neck - 16" - (.625)
Shoulders -46 - (.5)
Chest - Upper- 40" - (.5)
Chest - Lower- 38" - (1.125)
Waist - at Navel - 39" - (3)
Waist - at largest - 41 1/2" - (1)
Hips - at largest - 42" - 1.25
Upper Arm - L - 13 1/4" - (.375)
Upper Arm - R - 13 1/2" - (.25)
Upper Leg - L - 25 3/4" - .5
Upper Leg - R - 25 3/4" - no change
Lower Leg - L - 16 1/2" - .25
Lower Leg - R - 16 1/2" - (.125)
totals - (2.5 pounds) / (5.5 inches)
Thoughts: I’ve been a little off-put by the scale not seeming to move despite being on this diet. The only thing I can think of is that getting back into the gym is rebuilding some muscle I let go to hell while being out of the gym. I read somewhere on here that it takes a lot less calories to build up old muscle than new, so I guess that would make sense. My face and neck are definitely noticeably thinner than when I started but it seems like my ass is actually bigger now (see hip measurements), I’m hoping that is muscle lol.
My stomach seems to be all over the map so I don’t know if the gains there are as dramatic as they seem, I make sure not to suck it in when I take the measurements, but I’m still not sure the gains are quite as dramatic as the 4 inches the measurements show, definitely been some gains though. I suppose I was hoping for a little bit more at this point, definitely going to stick with it to the end though.
I know a lot of people have talked about shedding water weight, but I think I’m actually more hydrated on this diet than I was before (pretty sure I was constantly dehydrated since I almost never drank water and most of my beverages were caffeinated) so I think that is part of what I am seeing here too, that I actually put on some water weight as I am now drinking a healthy amount of hydrating liquids.
Screw-ups: I haven’t been perfect unfortunately, obviously I haven’t been posting very frequently since I started. Additionally, twice last week I screwed up my meal timing and the next thing I knew it was almost time for me to go to bed and I still had my last two meals left. Probably threw my metabolism off there and set myself back a few days. Haven’t snuck any food or anything in though, and my HSMs have been just that, though I’d just like to point out that it is a lot easier to get a HSM type meal at a normal restaurant than an upscale one, they have almost no options on their menus! I was stuck with baked white potatoes as my carb yesterday and only ended up eating a few bites worth of the potatoes just because I felt like I should at least eat some carbs. It’s funny though because I love potatoes and while I was eating them in the back of my mind I was just thinking man these are worthless for me.