After stressing all week leading up to my evaluation with my trainer this morning, I realized I had every reason to stress. I wasn’t sticking to my diet even if I WAS sticking to my work outs; I can’t expect to do half the work and get all of the results. That’s not what this lifestyle is about. You’re either 150% committed or half-assing it and not getting anywhere. That’s the dilemma I’m facing. I keep making excuses for myself and justifying my poor habits that I’m still struggling to break. However, after my cheat meal today (which I will address in detail) I don’t think I’ll ever touch frozen yogurt ever again.

This morning after my leg work out, I did my InBody with my trainer. The InBody is a total evaluation of your body. It measures your weight, total body water, dry lean mass, body fat mass, lean body mass, skeletal muscle mass, BMI, percent body fat, and even the distribution of lean mass in each body compartment in comparison to your ideal and current weight.

My trainer measured me at 22.2% body fat 11 weeks ago. John’s parents postulated that I just HAVE to be around 16% by now because of how much progress I’ve made… Definitely not. I’m at 20.3% body fat which amounts to about 23.5 lbs of body fat and 92.4 lbs of lean body mass out of a total of 115.9 lbs. All of these numbers are down from 22.2%, 26.64 lbs, 93.36 lbs, and 120 lbs respectively. Originally, Keith suggested that I needed to be down around 10% body fat and about 105 lbs of LBM to be competition ready; today, he said he wants me at 15% with a LBM of 95 lbs. This would mean that I would have to gain 3 lbs of lean muscle while losing 5% or 6 lbs of body fat. What is funny about this analysis is that it suggests changes you should make for body fat and lean body mass; the InBody actually suggested that I should increase my body fat mass by 0.9 lbs and not adjust my LBM. Obviously, machines don’t understand what you’re trying to accomplish, but it made me feel a little better that even a machine thinks I’m too skinny.

Looking at the segmental lean analysis, it has it split into right arm, left arm,trunk, right leg, and left leg. This portion compares the muscle mass of each body part to your ideal weight in pounds and then compares it to your current weight as a percentage. In essence, it determines how adequately developed the muscles in the body are. You’ll get a kick out of this one.

So, these are the numbers as provided on my form:

  • Right arm: 4.61 lbs, 108.7%
  • Left arm: 4.50 lbs, 106.3%
  • Trunk: 40.8 lbs, 105.9%
  • Right leg: 13.05 lbs, 97.4%
  • Left leg: 13.25 lbs, 98.9%

Basically, the InBody thinks that my legs are underdeveloped in comparison to the rest of my body. Those of you that have seen me in person know that my legs are probably the biggest portions of me; I have exceptionally meaty legs and I’m very proud of them. Also, my arms have always been like toothpicks; I can wrap my own hand around my wrist thumb to pinky if that gives you an idea of my overall build.

In summary, even though my trainer was happy with my results and my progress I was not. I have a few tweaks to make if I want to compete in 26 days, and I’m going to get my ass in gear so that I can make that deadline. Keith never addressed my competition date, but I have a feeling he wants to push it back. I just have to find a better balance between training, work, and school if I’m going to succeed in all three and sleep at some point. Despite the encouragement John and his family gave me all weekend, insisting that I’m a “skinny minnie” and they “definitely notice the difference”, I’m not satisfied.

On to my cheat meal discussion: Today I basically skipped both breakfasts because of my appointment with my trainer. So, right after we left the gym, I had a whey protein shake with almond milk, changed, and then dragged poor John to Whataburger for a full #1 and then 16 ounces of froyo. Yes, a solid pound of sweet, melty goodness. I got white chocolate, cotton candy, dulce de leche, caramel delight, birthday cake, and cookies an cream flavors topped with cookie dough bites, brownie chunks, Sour Patch Kids, caramel filled chocolate turtles, marshmallows, and caramel sauce. Oh yea, I went all out… And totally had the worst stomach ache of my life afterwards. Completely worth it though. I think it satisfied my sweet tooth for the next ten days. Although my roommates had kolaches, some coconut and chocolate nonsense, and other assorted goodies on the counter when I arrived home this afternoon… No bueno. I just have to stay out of the kitchen.

I guess we will see what happens in the next 26 days. I’ll keep you posted!

Happy lifting!

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