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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

STS 4-Week Checkin

I am four weeks into my STS 6-Month Rotation! Let's take a look at how things are going.

As I've mentioned before, the 6 month rotation differs from the standard 3 month rotation because you repeat each week. So, while the 3-month rotation would be Week 1, followed by week 2, followed by week 3, the 6-month rotation is week 1, followed by week 1, followed by week 2, followed by week 2 again. So, I've only done two weeks of STS, but I've done both of them twice. In the same way, each mesocycle is 8 weeks long rather than 4 weeks.

I'm very happy doing the longer rotation. It means that I get a chance to do each video twice, and improve upon what I've done the week before. If a weight or an exercise wasn't quite right the first week, in the second week, I get to try again. It's going well.

Not only that, but I'm also still managing to get up and do my workouts in the morning before work. Where I was often doing the workouts in the evenings when I did the 3 month rotation, this time I'm keeping my Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings free (Tuesday/Thursday, I run in the evenings). I keep saying this is my special gift to Todd, as I get to spend more time with him as a result.


As you can see by my awesome chart, I've got an overall downward trend in the first 4 weeks of doing STS. Every Monday I tend to to have a bit of a gain, which I think is a result of my long runs and/or not being as hydrated on the weekends. Then, those pink humps at the end of the chart are my days working at home during the blizzards we had over the last two weeks. I ate fine, and I got all of my workouts in, but we were drinking wine each night, and as a result, I was retaining water. Not to mention, last week I started thyroid meds.

My total weight loss (based on the rolling average) was 1.64 pounds. It's more like 3 pounds when you don't look at rolling averages and only look at actual weight on January 18 when I started STS and February 14 when I finished week 4. I like the rolling averages better, since it means that individual spikes in weight matter less, even though the same is true when weight suddenly dips.

I've taken measurements, also, and they weren't as dramatic as I had hoped, but they were still very good. Most notably, I've lost an inch around my chest, 1.5 inches around my waist, and around half an inch around each thigh. I haven't bothered with the body fat calipers again, as I found them inaccurate and lame. Maybe next week.

So, another 4 weeks and I will have completed mesocycle 1. We'll see how things go.


Lacey said...

wow talk about a cool chart!!!! that makes weightloss look like a lot of fun :)

how are you tracking everything?

Kim said...

OMG, I'm a logging fool. Data is fun!!

I log my weight at, I keep track of my weight training (STS) progress on the Workout Manager at, I keep my food and calories in, and my running goes in

It's a little nuts.

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