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Weighing In: 6 Week Results

Time has just flown by - I can't believe it's time for another weigh in.

I've been busy over here trying to maintain my 5:2 schedule and get enough calories to maintain my weight lifting routine and fitting in a yoga practice into it all. It's a balancing act alright but it's worth it.

I hit a personal PR (personal record) in my deadlifts - 145 pounds for 3 sets of 7, thank you very much. My dips are progressing slowly but they are progressing so I'm happy about that.

Yoga is feeling great. It's painful but satisfying to breathe into those tight muscles and feel them literally give way into a sweet wave of release - ahhhh. I'm a very inflexible person and every bit of flexibility that I do have is attributable to yoga. I will admit my yoga practice has been spotty over the years. And every time I return to my mat I think "Why don't I do more yoga?"

I'm lucky though because I have a somewhat solid foundation and a pretty good proprioceptio, I feel comfortable doing yoga at home. Here's is a gentle restorative sequence that I came up with and I really like it. I also am doing an abbreviated ashtanga flow sequence that I'm totally digging - here is the full download. If I'm feeling super yoga-rific, I also have a hip opener sequence that really helps with my tight hips.

If you are new to yoga, I highly encourage you to go to several classes at a great yoga studio. Also, LEARN TO USE THE PROPS. That is my biggest regret when I started yoga that I didn't learn how to use the props properly. I think I would have gotten more into it faster if I didn't have to struggle so much getting into some poses.

The biggest struggle that I've been having lately isn't with the diet but getting enough sleep to recover from my heavy workouts. Giving my muscles rest got more difficult when I started doing yoga again. But luckily since I'm doing these routines on my own, I can paces them to my needs. That means no Warrior IIs until I crumble and fall over!

To help my recovery, I've been experimenting with cold shower therapy. Basically, I am turning my shower to as cold as it will go and hold on for dear life. It does make my skin feel great. I'm going to keep doing it. I'll let you all know how it goes. So far so good.

Anyway - with that long winded recap of the last few weeks here are my results:

My pot belly is SHRINKING!!! woo hoo! Oh weigh in day I am down 1.75 inches (at one point last week I was down 2 inches but the hamburgers don't lie hahah), that's a 5% reduction since I started. My body fat has decreased. My poundage went down slightly as did my waist measurment.

The rest stayed the same or went up. Which is fine by me because strong is the new skinny right?! If my body fat percentage went down, then these increases must be from muscle and I'm happy about that.

Happy Fasting!


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