Thursday, March 10, 2011
Yes, life is good, indeed. The fact that I'm not at work this week certainly contributes to this. All day Monday and Tuesday I was at a seminar, and today I had contractors at the house, putting in a new heating and cooling system. I was pretty much housebound, and I really got a lot done. Mostly stuff that stays undone when you're at work all day every day. I feel very accomplished.
Tomorrow and Friday are vacation days. Lots of errands tomorrow, and on Friday I get to wait for the State inspector to sign off on my heat and air. No matter, I really needed some time off work, break away from the routine - heavenly! (Now all I need is one of these umbrella drinks :))
Today I feel completely balanced. The sun, the moon, and the stars seem to all have aligned perfectly. I treasure every moment, after all, who knows what tomorrow brings...
I'm now 4 days into my new approach. My food is good, my workouts are good and things are humming along smoothly. Actually it really feels like I'm living. There is no obsessing over food. Meals are planned and eaten as planned; no fuss no muss. My exercise is part of my routine and without it, my day is not complete.
Man, I'm going to ride this wave all the way!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Okay, now I'm on the fence about everything - I'm so confused...
For the duration of my 4-week experiment I will:
• continue with my strength training 3 days a week, plus some cardio, plus some yoga.
• track my food, but now I have no clue how many calories I should eat.
• weigh in once a week and see what happens to my weight and also my bf%
My big shake-up is leaving me completely clueless, and at the same time totally excited. This feels like a brand-new adventure, and I can't wait to see where it will take me!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Seems that unintentionally I have accomplished something that the guys want - weight-gain in form of muscle. Thanks BB for laying out the math :) So, I guess that's a good thing, but it is definitely the number on the scale that's bothering my vanity :)
Dan posed an interesting question: "What are you using to gauge what the scale should say?" I've been pondering this and I really can't answer this intelligently.
Looking at recommendations for my hight, weight & age, I guess. And I decided that I wanted to be towards the low end of my range. That's my answer, that's all I got.
Stupid question is making me think!!!
I will have more to say about this, but tonight my head is spinning :)
Thanks all for your support. (I can did it!)
Sunday, March 06, 2011
I've been reading a lot about weightlifting and strength training lately and I have shifted my workouts away from steady-state cardio towards more strength with the goal of gaining more muscle and dropping my BF%.
I'm almost 3 months into this new routine with very mixed results. As of this morning I gained 4 lbs. My measurements have not changed, neither has my BF%. So I'm not really sure how to read this.
Vanity is a terrible thing, but honestly, I'm not okay with the number on the scale. I have decided that it's time to shake things up.
During the past 3 months I mostly gauged my daily food intake. Over the years I've gotten pretty good at that, but of course there is always a much greater chance of miscalculation.
After much thinking and consideration I decided that throughout March I'm going to implement the following changes.
Once again, I commit to logging my food daily. (I've checked out various trackers on the internet and decided to stay with the SP tracker.)
I'll drop some of my carbs in favor of more protein and yes, fat (the good kind). On a good day my carb intake currently is around 50%, and as I said, that's on a good day. Subsequently my protein is low and usually my fat is way too low. The ratio I'm shooting for this month is 40/30/30. SP makes it easy to keep track of this.
Stay with the good carbs. Chocolate and cookies really don't do much for me. Nor does too much bread really. Admittedly life without bread is not worth living, but as I said, someone has got give. The shift will be away from bread and towards more veggies and fruits.
I'll cycle my calories, with my higher calorie days on my workout days and my lower calorie days on my rest days.
Water!!! This has always been a huge challenge for me and I take every opportunity I have to forget to drink it :)
Honestly, I am on the fence about this one...
My workout program remains as follows:
ST 3x a week
Kwando 2x a week (this is a body-weight strength/cardio workout, which I'll do on ST days)
Yoga 1-2x a week
Weigh-ins weekly every Sunday.
Duration 4 weeks through April 2.
I'll blog daily. I'm sure the rationalization tricks my mind likes to play on me are harder to sustain if I actually have to report.
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