Week 1: 1371 - 1517 = (146)
Week 2: 1625 - 1607 = 19
Week 3: 1550 - 1668 = (118)
Week 4: 1846 - 1683 = 164
Average calories for entire cycle: 542 protein + 641 carbs + 415 fat = 1598 total
Week 1: 1371 - 1635 = (264)
Week 2: 1532 - 1646 = (114)
Week 3: 1436 - 1638 = (202)
Week 4: 2450 - 1596 = 854
Average calories for entire cycle: 662 protein + 583 carbs + 453 fat = 1697 total
Cycle 3: maintenance
Week 1: 1646 - 1633 =13
Week 2: 1779 - 1607 = 172
Week 3: 1750 - 1613 = 137
Week 4: 2089 - 1583 = 506
Average calories for entire cycle: 596 protein + 493 carbs + 727 fat = 1816 total
Week 1: 2254 - 1701 = 553
Week 2: 1775 - 1657 = 118
Week 3: 1596 - 1593 = 3
Week 4: 1643 - 1627 = 16
Average calories for entire cycle: 573 protein + 604 carbs + 640 fat = 1817 total
Week 1: 1689 - 1576 = 114
Week 2: 2239 - 1565 = 674
Week 3: 1857 - 1599 = 258
Average calories for entire cycle: 639 protein + 414 carbs + 875 fat = 1929 total
Couple tracking notes:
-I estimate food rounded up to the nearest 25 cal. I just want a general idea here; I don't want this to consume my life anymore. Tracking intake can also help me figure out both acne and why I feel awesome or awful in daily life & training, so it's not JUST about fat loss.
-Output assumes 1400 BMR plus only 50% of the "calories burned" calcs for exercise. I calc out 90 cal/mile ran, 45 cal/mile biked, and use my heart rate on lifting. All of which is probably overblown, so I only use half.
-Intake is probably underestimated, so by underestimating output as well, I figure that balances it all out.
And here we go, the worst part. I can't freaking believe I'm doing this.
I'm posting pictures.
I've been taking a belly pic every single day since 4/23. Sharing the pics from the first week of each cycle; each of these is from Monday morning, pre-breakast. I try to be consistent in posing, same spot, standing naturally, no effort to suck it in & look as good as possible - but I really don't waste too much time on it. Stand, point, shoot, move on.
|4/23/12 - C1W1|
|5/21/12 - C2W1|
|6/18/12 - C3W1|
|7/16/12 - C4W1|
|8/13/12 - C5W1|
|9/3/12 - NCP-W1|
My arms and legs definitely look better; I'm seeing muscle delineation in my hips that wasn't there before, too. Hooray for baby steps!
On my body, the belly is the last place the fat will leave. Also the belly is a delightful area that can change based on what you eat, so even if it's bigger from one week to the next, it ain't necessarily fat. (And vice versa, unfortunately.) Those of you who hate your hips, take a second to be thankful that eating a Big Ass Salad doesn't expand them!
For those of you wanting to tell me that it looks fine, I don't need to diet, etc, to you I say: shut up; that's not helpful. I know I am not fat; I know I am at a healthy bodyweight; I know I look fine - but I am not satisfied with the state of my belly as it is. I don't just want to be healthy, I want to be stellar! My goal is to be satisfied with my entire body. All of it. I know I can look better. I have looked better, and it wasn't all that long ago. I don't need to get down to a six-pack, but I do need to get to a point where I am not immediately & unhappily zeroing in on my belly every time I see my reflection. Body happiness, that's my goal.
Well, that and world domination.
All in good time.
And from here, we transition measurement/results to a new post: http://sabrinabeans.blogspot.com/2012/10/diet-summary-ncp-work-in-progress.html