Thursday, June 28, 2007
Okay ... so we've established that we all know what DOES work in our quest for increased health, fitness and well-being ... well, let's go over what DOES NOT work, mos def!!!
According to Spark and multiple other sites ... I need to eat around 3500 calories per day at my exercise level (Lies they tell, right?). So, to lose weight, I should eat NO LESS than 2500 calories per day (More lies?!? It's a conspiracy!!!). I'm pretty sure now that those are NOT lies ... and I found out why the hard way.
My thinking was ... hey, 2500 calories "seems" like too much eating for me. Not that I wasn't losing weight, cause I am. But, I decided in my infinite wisdom to try and cut out yet ANOTHER 500 calories per day from my diet. Maintain eating 2000 (or less) calories per day this week AND keep my exercise level the same.
So, starting Sunday ... I stayed right at 2000 calories each day, while burning alot more. By my calculations, I ate 8000 calories between Sunday and Wednesday ... while burning 7000 at the gym alone. Can you see where this is going???
I had read what happens to a person if you completely expend your glycogen stores in the bloodstream, muscles and liver. How you risk passing out? How unpleasant it is? Not that I was trying to "see for myself", but Wednesday night ... I did.
I thought that me adding in a small cup of ice cream (and a fruit cup) from Chick-Fil-La for lunch would compensate for all the activity that I had planned for yesterday evening (but still stay right at 2000 calories right)? Not! When I could finally drag myself in the house from my evening workouts ... all I could do was scavenge my kitchen ... desperately looking for something ... ANYTHING ... with sugar in it. Me being smart, everything in my kitchen is sugar-free, right? Ha, I turned down the peanut butter cups because they have too much fat, wow!
So, after much debate (I had to calculate the better 'cookie' choice: a) the sugar free oreo's b) the sugar free cream sandwiches or c) the sugar free oatmeal cookies, duh) ... I grabbed a handful of sugar free oatmeal cookies (they had the most fiber, wow) and a 32oz gatorade ... collapsed in my living room floor and proceed to try to muster the strength to force the snacks down ... strength being required for chewing. Thankfully, about 2hrs later, I felt better (with the extra 850 calories raging through my system) ... though not much better.
So, today was a "gas up" day ... come to think of it, I need to fill up my car too. Anyway, I had the benefit of having Wendy's for lunch ... double cheese combo w/ fries (first time in months) AND chili ... then an afternoon snack of a Baby Ruth candy bar, a bag of potato chips and some milk. A whopping 4000+ calories today.
So, yes ... now, I'm back to feeling like my old self ... hummmm, in that case, time to head to the gym!!! But yeah, let's stick to at least 2500 calories per day from now on, cool?
"He who controls others may be powerful ... but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu