I started my diet for the year on Jan 9th, 2017 and after about an 8th month growing period and weighed in at 166.8lbs. After 15 weeks of sub par dieting (at least for the first couple weeks), I finally completed a dieting phase and weighed in at 160.63lbs.
Here is the data of my weekly weight (lbs) averages:
Week 1: 166.60 Week 9: 164.87
Week 2: 166.03 Week 10: 164.57
Week 3: 166.41 Week 11: 164.76
Week 4: 165.71 Week 12: 164.22
Week 5: 165.40 Week 13: 162.27
Week 6: 165.01 Week 14: 161.44
Week 7: 164.81 Week 15: 160.63 (end diet)
Week 8: 165.33 Week 16: 160.43
Looking at the data - IT TOOK ME 15 WEEKS TO LOSE 6lbs!!!! * based on my weekly averages
Reflecting back on these last 15 weeks I am happy with what I accomplished but also kind of annoyed with myself because I know it took me about 7-8 weeks to be consistent and adherent with my dieting. I would say around the 8ish week mark I was doing better, like an 8/10 if I had to give myself a score on compliance. I was still eating out 1x a week, having a bite here and there and not tracking as accurately as I should have and well... you get what you put in.
Week 9 rolled around and I got a little more serious and had started tracking everything, being more consistent and then as it goes – I had a bump in nutritional compliance around week 10 when I went home for a weekend.
Suddenly it was the start week 11 and I still wasn’t seeing the progress I had wanted – for obvious reasons of not being compliant with my nutrition. It was then that I made the decision I was all in and wanted to commit to my macros and be as close to 10/10 as I could be with everything. No guesstimating, no eating out, tracking everything (but still being super flexible with choices) and low and freaking behold, it started happening. I started seeing progress.
The moral of the story and lesson learned is that it's really up to you how well you progress. You are the one that controls how quickly or how slow the process is - accepting that reality is what I feel - made me want to be on it, made me want to be consistent. Like my coach has said "it can be hard to check yourself and call yourself on your own bullshit but if you truly want to excel and that's step #1”. Whether you choose to be 100% compliant or deviate from your macros, your body will track them.
I do want to note that while the scale did only drop 6 lbs I am quite a bit leaner than when I first started my diet. The scale is a great tool to measure your progress but it is not the be all and end. My goal for the dieting phase was to get to a look that I could see lines and more shape and I think I did just that!
After all is said and done, I am ecstatic to be headed back into an "offseason" to start building muscle again. The goal is to keep myself in check as calories go up and work on keeping consistency there especially with nutrition. We all know how easy it is to gain weight but to lose it, that takes hard work.