Well, another week has passed and this time I was eating less because of my macro-decrease last week. I had hidden my scales under my bed for the whole week and brought them out after taking my waist measurement (it decreased by 0.5cm, woohoo!) and telling my coach ‘how I felt’.
This is what I told Nick:
“I feel great. I feel more lean. I feel a little more hungry sometimes so am eating more nutrient dense foods (less donuts). I’m very happy with how I am looking.”
I had seen quite a few people that I haven’t seen for a while over the past few days and they mentioned that I was looking leaner so I was feeling really pumped to weigh myself.
My current stats:
- Last week’s weight: 58.60g
- This week’s weight: 58.75g
- Last week’s waist measurement: 62.5cm
- This week’s waist measurement: 62cm
Yep, I put on weight last week. Sure, it’s an insignificant amount but if you consider how much my macros were cut (see last week’s post) I was hoping for a much better response.
And it’s funny how, after seeing the weight increase, all my previous positive thoughts just disappeared. I literally felt like a failure. And it’s stupid because I know how much weight can fluctuate but I feel like I haven’t gotten very far on this prep as its been 7 weeks and I’ve only lost about 2kg.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me post this photo:
It was taken post training and I was SO happy with how I looked in it. Yes, the lighting in that bathroom is amazing and I am posing but I really felt like I had made some progress from the previous week. It’s funny how something silly like the numbers on the scale can completely change our thoughts. As I said before, I know deep down inside that weight doesn’t matter but when it comes to comp prep and I have some idea of what weight I should be on stage, it’s hard to ignore a rise in the numbers.
(I’m sorry for the negative posts over the past few weeks. I wish I could report back with some great news but I’m keeping it real. I’m almost a little embarrassed by my lack of progress but it happens and there’s no point in hiding it.)
What am I changing this week?
I’ve decreased my macros so now they are:
Low carb days (5 x per week)
- 150g protein
- 61g fat
- 155g carbs
High carb days (2 x per week)
- 130g protein
- 56g fat
- 245g carbs
(That’s a decrease of 10g carbs and 3g fat per day, which equates to about 61 calories)
I’m also not going to eat out this week (with the exception of tonight as it is my sister’s graduation dinner and I’ll be picking out everyone’s veggies to eat). No donuts. No sushi. It’s time for me to see some changes. I’ll have the Krispy Kremes in 7 weeks’ time.
I’m now doing two HIIT cardio sessions per week. Each session consists of 8 intervals plus warm-up and cool down and the whole session normally takes about 15 minutes. Short, sweet and intense.
I’m also going to include some plyometric work in my training sessions to elevate my heart rate. Jump squats and jumping lunges (I don’t know what their ‘official’ name is) will be my go-to plyo exercises.
Mentality & other thoughts
I did get a bit worried this morning. Damn that stupid scale! I’m only fussing because I’m worried that I won’t be ready in time. I guess what is playing on my mind is how lean I was this time last year. BUT that’s because last year I didn’t have an offseason and I didn’t have much fat on my before I started my prep. I just need some time (but no longer than 6 1/2 weeks… ha!).
Maybe my body adapts to macronutrient adjustments easily. That’s why I could eat 300g carbs per day and hardly put on weight and now I’m having 165g most days and I’m not losing any weight. But who knows; that might be my way of justifying the weight gain.
Some of the food I enjoyed this week:
If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll have noticed that my food is now a lot “healthier” as I am eating less and don’t have macros to waste on food that will satisfy my sweet tooth but won’t keep me full for long.
So, here’s to another week of working hard, giving it 100% and hopefully seeing some more changes! I’m staying positive despite the setbacks and won’t let anything stop me from bringing my best package onto the stage in 7 weeks time.