Cutting Month 2 Results

Another month has gone by and I’m two months into my off-season cutting, with one more month to go! I didn’t have has drastic changes this month looking at the numbers but I’m seeing changes in how clothes fit me and my running.

 
October 1
November 1
December 1
Change
Weight (lbs)
142.6
137.8
135.6
-7
Body fat (%)
27.5
26.3
25.7
-1.8
Waist (inches)
29
28.5
28.5
-0.5
Hips (inches)
37
36.5
36
-1
Thighs (inches)
20.25
20
20
-0.25
Forearms (inches)
11
10.5
10.5
-0.5

Even though I weighed in at 135.6 lbs on December 1,  looking at my daily weigh-ins I feel like I’m more in 134lb range. I’ve been weighing in between 134-134.9lbs for the last week so Friday’s weigh in was out of the norm. Of course, I was expecting it to be higher than what I”d been seeing on the scale for a couple of reasons:

  • Thursday is a double workout day for me (running and weights) and I was feeling sore from that (aka my muscles are holding onto water)

  • I had a bigger dinner Thursday night (pasta with meat sauce) which was just what I needed after a tough workout but I knew would affect the scale

But I’m so happy with the non-scale progress I’m seeing. I feel much less “squishy” and my clothes are fitting me differently. I was between size 4 and 6 in pants depending on the cut and now my size 6 pants are feeling pretty loose! Plus I’m seeing my muscles popping out more when I’m working out, especially in my legs.

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I’m also running faster, which I’m sure is a combination of getting stronger and losing weight. My average pace in September and October was around 10:50 minutes per mile and my November average pace was 10:32! I’ve also been tackling some hillier routes and it’s feeling a lot easier doing long uphills. Which will be great for the Eau Claire Marathon!

For December, I’m going to keep on with what I’m doing and see what happens. I’m thinking I’ll be closer to the 130 lb mark than I thought when I first start cutting which is exciting. Of course, December is a busy month (between a work trip and celebrating Christmas with the family) but I be able to keep on track for most of the month. And then, into marathon training and a new year!