... so one of my teammates, LaDelle aka LAMOURA suggested that I try Chris Powell's carb cyling program and I decided to do this 3 month/90 program with her.
I am no stranger to carb cycling... I have done it in the past and found that it can work for me. But this time, instead of following the SAD I will be incorporating the paleo/primal way of eating/principles.
As you know, recently, I tried a diet called the Four Hour Body (4HB), by Timothy Ferriss with my teammate MONA. While I loved the eating plan and initially had a loss in inches, it back fired on me and I actually gained about 5lbs and developed inflammation in my hips. At the beginning of week 4, my hips started feeling stiff/achy. I thought that it might have been from exercising because I had recently done a strength training workout using kettlebells, however, this was a different kind of ache. I would feel stiffness/pain after sitting for awhile, like at work, or just getting up in the morning, I guess like arthritis would feel. I thought that maybe this is what I was developing. When I would do my daily walks I could still feel this annoying pain. I was even thinking that it may even be a recurrence of cancer in my bones (... unfortunately for me, all aches are suspect until I find out what is causing the pain). At the end of the week, I weighed in and found that I had gained weight, so it was then that I decided to just discontinue this diet & within about 3 - 4 days the pain disappeared!...
Prior to actually committing to the paleo/primal lifestyle in 2011, I eliminated all grains & legumes/beans from my diet. I have not eaten legumes on a regular basis since 2011. The legumes that I regularly ate during the 4HB were: lentils, black beans and chickpeas.
... so it seems that legumes actually do cause me inflammation, if eaten regularly. Over the past 2 years, I have eaten them maybe about once a week and have had no problems. This is great to know because I still get to eat them in a controlled manner without the pain/inflammation.
I actually started the CP program on July 1st, but tomorrow will be the start of a complete week for me. Today is my "FREE" day... yes, I still get to have one, but this time I am not going to lose my mind! Although I get to eat some "carbs" that I may not normally eat during the week, I still have to eat "responsibly!"....
Chris outlines 4 carb cycling plans: EASY / CLASSIC / TURBO / FIT cycles.
I am choosing the TURBO Cycle and it looks like this:
There are some differences in his plan that I will be tweaking because it is more realistic and accommodating to me and some that I will follow:
1.) EATING: CHRIS: 5X's / day
- ME: 3 - 4X's / day
2.) WHEN TO EAT: CHRIS: 30 minutes of waking...
- ME: Totally not going to happen. However, if I can mix a protein shake I could do it, but if I don't, the earliest I will be able to eat something, because I walk to work, will be at 8:00, that is 3 hours after I awake.
3.) INCLUDE BOTH PROTEIN/CARBS FOR BREAKFAST: Yes
4.) CHOOSE THE RIGHT PORTION SIZE:
PROTEINS: Your portion is the size and thickness of the palm of your hand. *** NOTE: For me this will be a bigger portion size as I will be allowing myself a little more protein. ***
CARBS: Your portion is the size of your clenched fist. *Yes
VEGGIES: Your portion is the size of two of your clenched fists, but you can eat as many veggies as you like! *** PERFECT ***
FATS: Your portion is the size of your thumb, from the base up. ***NOTE: At times my fat intake will be higher ***
SAUCES, dressings , and condiments: Your portion should be no larger than the size of your index and middle finger, from the base up.
... from: Powell, Chris (2013-05-07). Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life (p. 189). Hyperion. Kindle Edition.
... I will take my measurements later and post them.
Starting Weigh: 168
uggggh!!!! I hate that number!
... this is my goal!
" WE CAN DO THIS LADELLE"...