Week 5 stats: weight 174.4, down 2.2 pounds from last week, down 9.2 pounds from the beginning. Body fat 20.2%, down 0.4% from last week, down 2.0% from the beginning.
I'm very happy to see the body fat % dropping steadily, as it has always been over 20% for as long as I can remember, and I'm not going to get that visible six-pack until it drops much lower. According to some people, around 13-15% if not lower.
Going from four bottles of 2.0 at 1600 calories per day to three bottles at 1200 calories per day gave me the weight loss kick that I was looking for. I haven't felt weak or tired at work, I'm still sleeping like a baby and waking up fully refreshed, and I have not been hungry. In fact as I'm writing this now I just noticed that it's 5 pm and I'm an hour overdue for my third serving of the day.
- goes to the kitchen -
Dinner tonight is half-and-half Nectar and Original 2.0. I find that mixing those two flavors gives a really good flavor and sweetness balance, since Original is so bland and Nectar is so sweet.
It's hard to say for sure this early in the program, but my arms may have just the slightest bit more definition. I'm still not seeing an obvious difference in my overall appearance, but when you look at yourself every day it's not easy to notice subtle changes. I'm still feeling very positive. Maybe I'll stay at 1200 calories for the month and see how it goes.
I'm exercising every day, alternating muscle groups. I believe an additional benefit to the daily exercise is that it's keeping my metabolism up. Two months ago when I was eating "legacy" food (I like that term), I was nodding off at my desk every afternoon. No longer, now that my diet is healthier and more nutritionally complete. It baffles me now that I could not drive past the donut shop every morning on the way to work without stopping for "breakfast." If you gave me a donut now I'd throw it in the trash without hesitation. I cringe thinking of all of that sugar, oil, and processed flour.
So now I'm done with my exercise for the day, I'm having my last serving of Soylent, and I'm relaxing on my balcony, which is my second favorite place in the world. Normally on an early Saturday evening I'd be having iced coffee with Kahlua and a nice cigar. It's funny and kind of sad to think how many times I relaxed and "rewarded" myself with a combination of sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. I feel like apologizing to every cell in my body for putting up with that treatment for so long.