So glad you’re here. I’ve been thinking about my progress a lot today and wanted to share with you how I’ve been doing, especially since I’ve been sick with the flu and other illnesses that latched on when my defenses were seriously low.
As you probably already know, I haven’t been able to hit the gym a whole lot, at all really. Aside from the two or three workout sessions I had just prior to falling ill, I’ve had zero physical activity since. Just so you are aware, I had reduced my caloric intake not purposefully, but because I seriously had no appetite. I pretty much consumed all of my food, probably about 1600 calories or less in one meal for the day while sick. I started eating out a lot because I just felt entirely too weak to cook or even get out of bed, also consuming about 1600 calories, mostly carbs (hello pancakes).
As I get stronger and back into movement, I am increasing my caloric intake, again only consuming one large meal and adding in one very small snack per day, equalling about 1800-1900 calories and again lots of carbs. This is mostly because I just don’t have an appetite and I am struggling to get food down (it has no taste) because I know I have to keep my strength up in order to get better. I’ve lost body weight and body fat because my caloric intake is in a deficit. So my goals for the next two weeks is to get back up to my set caloric intake of over 2100 calories and be strong enough to get through a good workout. Food is fuel and I need it to get better and continue to build muscle.
So here are my measurements and the most recent picture of me for check in.
- Height: 67.7 inches
- Body Fat: 33.2%
- Waist/Navel: 34 inches
- Chest: 36.5 inches
- Hips: 40 inches
- Quad: 21 inches
- Bicep: 12.5 inches
- Calves:14 inches
If you compare today’s measurements to my past measurements on my Check In page, you can see I’ve lost very little in inches. It’s likely most of what I lost in weight was water. So I’m not really concerned at all. It really is about how I’m feeling. I’m gaining back my strength and feeling less fatigued every day. I’ve gone back to tracking my macros to help motivate myself into consuming all my calories for each coming day as well as prep to go back to the gym.
Just know this, if you find yourself under the weather remember to keep you strength up by continuing to consume your body’s needed fuel in calories. Your caloric intake may take a dip simply because you have no appetite or nothing really looks or tastes appealing but consume what you can to ensure your body is being fueled.
Let me know if you’ve had the same experiences. And if you’d like for me to post weekly check ins on my main page, comment below. I’d love to hear from you.