Strength Level: Elite, Common Sense Level: Dingbat
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
So once again, thank you all for you fantastic comments on yesterday's blog entry. There was a lot of great advice and support, which is something I know I can always count on from my SparkFriends.
So yesterday I started the experiment of trying to cut down by a few hundred calories. One of those spots I trimmed was my pre-workout snack. I wanted to try to cut down at lunch, but I was starving then and even after waiting 20 minutes, drinking water, etc., I just had to finish it.
The decision to cut out half of my pre-workout snack led to the hardest workout ever. I felt like I was dying on the bike even at my normal 15 mph pace, and I had to cut it down to 20 minutes instead of 30. And I was drained during my ST session as well. When I got home, I felt nauseous and exhausted. Things finally picked up once I ate dinner.
This was exactly what I was afraid of. I do such high-intensity workouts that it's crucial for me to eat something substantial right before. And while that may be OK some days, on others I just don't have the extra 100-200 calories to spare.
BUT...there is good news, my friends. This tale does have a happy ending.
Due to my aggravation with the scale, I decided to suck it up and get a health assessment at the YMCA. It's free and it checks a lot of different things, including body fat percentage.
The guy who did the assessment was super nice. Also super cute. And here I was just whipping out the fat rolls during the caliper body-fat test like I didn't have a care in the world. I have no shame, lol.
Dude was also majorly impressed by my results. He said my VO2 max was better than 90% of the people who usually take the assessment (though it's still fair - room to improve). My RHR was 63. My diet was spot on. My body fat percentage was 38.4%, which yes, is high, but once again, he said it was still better than most of the people who he has tested. When he pinched my leg with the caliper, he was commenting on how much muscle he could already feel in my leg.
And the best part? My strength level? ELITE!!!!
He was blown away by that level. He said that it's obvious the work I'm putting in is getting results.
So yep...BEAST MODE RAWWWWWWR!!!!!! Talk about a discussion that makes you ignore the scale.
Now, my blood pressure was still high (I blame the cuff for being way too small). And obviously I need to get my BF% down. But in the whole "body age" analysis, I was only off by 7 years. The average is usually 15. And the blood pressure deal would've cut it by 5 more.
But I haven't told you the best part! We were talking about sodium troubles (because of the BP) and he was talking about using sodium to cut for bodybuilding. I was joking that because of the Easter ham extravaganza this weekend, he would probably have no problem doing that.
Wait. Easter....ham? OMG! You guys, I totally chowed down on some Kentucky Legends ham this weekend. Saturday it was a huge amount. Sunday was more of a standard serving size, but still. More ham. And what does ham have a lot of? SALT!
I got up this morning and got on the scale.
It showed 204.6!!!!!
So yeah. My common sense level is dingbat. I've been keeping sodium under 3,000 mg for a few weeks now, so I didn't even think about the ham and the fact that it jacked me up to almost 6,000 mg of sodium for Saturday alone.
Now, I'm not counting this as a slam dunk. I'm going to give it until Friday and weight one more time. This is also my mid-cycle time, which usually means some bloat as well.
But if all goes well, it looks like my original plan may have been a success. If so, I'm sticking with it while still trying some calorie cycling just to mix things up. I think I can trim 50-100 calories on non-workout days, just to keep my body guessing. But for now, based on how lousy I felt after last night's workout, I can't do it on workout days.