Week 8 marks the close of Phase 1 of my Visual Impact Muscle Building Program! I think I'm at a decent peak for muscle growth and I'm excited about changing it up and focusing workouts that blend growth and strength gains to increase muscle density. My final measurements for Phase 1 show a few small but significant changes from last week. Here they are:
Weight = 190 (down 3 pounds!)
Neck: 16 (no change)
Upper arms: left = 14.5; right 14.5 (no change)
Shoulders: 49 (up 1 inch!)
Chest at nipples: 41 (up .5 inch!)
Waist at navel: 31.5 (no change)
Hips at widest point: 39.5 (down .5 inch)
Legs mid-thigh: left = 23; right = 23 (no change)
Total inches: 252 (up 1 inch)
I'm encouraged by the fact that I have consistently gained in my chest, shoulders and arms while losing in my waist and hips. That's the direction I need to go!
Last week I made a shift to a "primal" or "paleo" diet that completely eliminates grains in favor or increased intake of organic fruits, vegetables and meats. The result is 3 pounds of weight loss. Can't argue with that! (A side benefit is that I LOVE the food!) I'll be posting some primal recipes in the coming days so you can see how amazingly tasty this style of eating can be. (Another side benefit is that it's MUCH easier to eat out at restaurants and at so
cial gatherings...as opposed to eating vegan or vegetarian.)
Oh, and of course, the pics! These turned out a little blurry because two of the light bulbs over my mirror just burned out.