Week Two I lost 2.2 pounds and 2.75 inches. In total, I’ve lost 8.2 pounds and 6.375 inches. Not bad. I have to come clean here; my goal weight is another 10 pounds below what I’ve already lost. This gets me back to my happy weight that I maintained effortlessly well into my 30s. It’s also a weight that will go a long way for my chosen career in fitness. So overall I’m looking to lose close to 20 pounds.
The weight crept up due to a series of life events; they were all big and I turned to knee-jerk snacking for comfort. I’m happy to report I’ve come through a little bit wiser and I hope with a lot more perspective. One of my goals for this blog is to help people be kind to themselves. I think it’s so easy to eat a little chocolate instead of process a feeling, something a lot of us need to work on (yes, me too).
Up until this point I have done only the three exercises that he recommends in the book: the bird dog, bridges, and kettlebell swings. I increased the number of reps at the end of week two; I’m now doing 20 bird dogs, 25 bridges, and I can do 50 kettlebell swings without taking a break, although I’m breathing really hard at the end of the swings. I’ve become fond of them and definitely want to learn more about kettlebells. There are so many elements of form that are similar to Pilates, I love the dovetailing effect the two would have with each other.
So I’m going to add Pilates back this week. I just miss it too much not to. I’m also going to add back in cardio although I’ll keep it pretty light. A good sweaty session on my Spin bike goes a long way for stress management for me. Ferriss does say that it’s fine to do extra exercise above and beyond what he has in his book, but I wanted to be true to the plan for two weeks before I started modifying things, so anyone reading this can get an accurate perspective of his system.
I went up two pounds after my week one binge day and it took all week for that weight to come off. My binge day is Saturday and on Friday morning, six days later, I was down 0.2 pounds. Yes, just point two. I then made several trips to the ladies’ room on Friday (liquid) and finally was down another two pounds for Saturday morning. I was annoyed because I was following the diet to the letter and nothing was moving. Also losing 2.2 pounds in one week is about the same as every other diet on the planet claims, so big whoop … are the austere eating conditions of “The 4-Hour Body” worth it? I’m still debating.
Constipation continued to be a problem for me and required two cups of coffee on Wednesday and two more cups of coffee on Saturday to get things moving.
I’m down 2.75″ this week. I lost 0.75″ from my waist, 0.25″ from my hips, 0.25″ and 0.5″ from my thighs, and my arms finally went down a little, 0.375″ and 0.25″ respectively. This gets into fun with genetics! My grandmother, who horrified me at 17 by calling my booty the “perfect German birthing hips,” was right. Another trait of people of Northern European descent (I’ve got Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, English, French and German) is that we tend to carry fat layers under our skin to help keep us warm. Therefore my arms aren’t changing much (which has always driven me nuts).
There is a general rule of thumb with how we store and lose fat; think LIFO: Last In, First Off. If the last place you gain weight is your butt then that will be the first place you lose it. Keep this in mind during your own weight loss efforts.
I’ve pretty much adjusted to the food regime. I cook dinner like always for my family and just skip the starch and eat the protein and veggies. I’m eating a lot of peas and peanuts for my legumes and am trying to stay on top of my hydration. Breakfast continues to be two eggs with sauteed onions and spinach. Sometimes I add salsa. I’m using salsa a lot for flavoring and I’m a fan of my flavored olive oils for a little variety. They’re pretty awesome; I love the Tuscan and the Basil if you’re thinking of getting some yourself.
The Binge Day
I’d like to start off by saying “binge day” is an eating disorder term. This bothers me. I’ve also seen it described in the book as “refeeding day.” We shouldn’t be in a situation where we’re creating binges, should we? This seems wrong. My binge day this week was more of a binge meal. I had two small pancakes and a slice of bacon for breakfast, a chicken pot pie for lunch (only 420 calories; I get ‘em from Whole Foods), an ounce of Peppermint Bark (the last from Christmas), and dinner was a hamburger, french fries, and an ice cream sundae. I also had a big glass of milk and a glass of orange juice.
I don’t really miss the starches at all, but I do miss fruit and dairy! I probably wound up with another 2,500 calorie binge day although most of it was during dinner and dessert. My weight went back up two pounds when I got on the scale this morning and I’m wondering how long that’ll take to get off again.
The funniest moment of this whole week was the reaction from my nutritionist. On our phone call she just kept asking me “Why are you doing this again?” and “You’re a smart girl, Lisa. Do the research.” I asked her about the supplements and she reiterated what I’ve been saying: “The only supplement you need is Vitamin D and maybe a multivitamin. You don’t need anything else.” My nutritionist is a registered dietician with over 30 years of experience. She is remarkably up to date on the latest research and works with researchers at Mass General, one of the best hospitals in the country with a progressive nutrition department. I’d be happy to say who she is but she is preferring to go incognito for now. She doesn’t need any more clients.
Okay, so I started working with my nutritionist not because I don’t know what to do but because I needed accountability. It doesn’t work anymore. I really like her, she really likes me, we share perspectives about weight loss (me from the fitness angle, she from the nutrition side), and we both consider each other to be highly qualified colleagues. I love her to death. I’ve been working on and off with her for 11 years and she doesn’t work well for me anymore as far as accountability goes.
BUT, this blog and these posts have been working like a charm. I am accountable to you. I want to be true to the diet so you guys know what happens. I want to make sure I’m “getting it right for you.” So you can read about my experiences and decide for yourself if you’d like to try it. This has kept me from cheating. Not one crumb of bread has passed my lips; I even turned down free gourmet chocolate because I didn’t want to add a “variable.” So thanks!
I’m seriously considering finishing the 30 days of “The 4-Hour Body” and launching right into “The Paleo Diet“ just to stay accountable to myself and this blog and finish out my weight loss.
To see where I’ve been, check out my first post on the 4-Hour Body and my review of Week 1, and Week 3. Let me know what you think and I know a lot of you are doing the diet along with me. How is it working for you? Constipation definitely seems to be a running problem (er, no pun intended).