Hey there all. First off, I hope you did better over Thanksgiving than I did. I'm really not sure how you could have done worse. I had intentions of allowing myself to eat a wonderful thanksgiving meal, but I completely failed on even being responsible with the desserts and other holiday treats. Lowlights of my sugar binging included an entire 7 oz bag of pecan pralines, 4 slices of pie after thanksgiving dinner, about 6 cookies worth of dough while making them with my sister, and about 6 more that day once they where baked. On Wednesday morning of that week I weighed 151. Sunday morning I weighed 161. I need to plan some strategies for how I'm going to survive 3 weeks home over Christmas.
I would almost be impressed by that, if I didn't need to weigh 149 by the next Saturday (6 days) to fight at featherweight. Now began my quest to lose the bloat. Each day of mine was basically the same.
Breakfast- 3 eggs, 2T flax, glass of milk
Lunch- 7 oz grilled chicken, 6 oz green veggie, 1 cup grapes
afternoon/pre workout snack- 1 apple
1 1/2 hours Brazilian jiu jitsu training
dinner- 7 oz grilled chicken, 6 oz green veggie, milk
Did all this with no sodium and drinking tons of water M-Th. This flushed me out and my weight dropped like a rock back to 153 as I lost all the water retention. Gotta ditch the sodium and carbs for that. Then on Friday I didn't drink anything and my body kept going to the bathroom, as it thought it would be getting more water. Ended up going to bed at 151 on Friday, and waking up at 149.5. Not even dehydrated, just not fully fueled.
This is evidense for why you shouldn't freak out by how much "weight" you gain after a bad night out or little vacation. I manipulated my body by 10 up and 12 down in under two weeks. And I didn't even do anything crazy. There are many out there who sauna and weigh in the day before to drop 2 weight classes (not fair imho)
Skipped breakfast that morning to be safe, and weighed in at 149.2 in my shorts and t-shirt. Then found out they were giving us a free pound and featherweight went from 140-149.9. dangit, I could've had some oatmeal. Aw well. I had about 4 hours before my division went.
I ate a cliff bar and banana first. Once I had those I felt just fine with the water I was drinking again. Then, like is natural to me, I used snacking to calm my nerves. I ate an entire 1 lb bag of trail mix, stopping about 2 hours before I'd go. Had some other fruit throughout the day and felt awesome when it was my turn to fight.
I'll spare you the details, if you know any thing about martial arts, specifically Brazilian jiu jitsu or submission grappling message me and I'd love to talk, but I took FIRST OUT OF FIVE IN NO-GI AND THIRD OF SEVEN IN THE GI!!! Won the Gold and my prelims all on points (and 1 loss on points), but I won the Bronze with an Americana arm lock that popped my opponents elbow because he didn't tap soon enough. I'll take a bronze with a submission victory over a silver anyway :)
Best thing about this was I got the chance to go against guys my size and experience level, and I did well. Another nice thing was that I did feel I had a slight strength advantage over each of them. I also never even came close to running out of gas so my cardio was more than fine. Shows to me that I'm in the right shape for this. I would have been even better if I didn't binge and then have to do a little cut.
Anyway, on the way back from the tournament where the majority of our team did well, we stopped at a mexican place. I was still completely full from eating a whole freaking pound of trail mix so I just got a grilled steak salad (no taco shell) then as we were pulling back into town, the 16 year old in the car and I began acting like 12 year olds and begging to stop for ice cream. I had a victory blizzard and it was absolutely delicious.
Now I need to get back on track with eating normal. This week of mine is all planned out, but I want to learn how to just eat like a normal person, and do well. I just have so many fears with it especailly with how my social life is. I'm going out to eat 4 times this week, and I have turned another 4 or 5 opportunities down. Its so hard to balance keeping the calories in check with keeping the protein up when I don't cook my own food, which tastes just as good.
So that was how my week was. Loved every second of it. Even the eating nothing but chicken and veggies. Although this week I am going to try and go a full week without killing a chicken. Don't think I've ever done that since I started eating right. Little side challenge (And pork chops and extra lean turkey burger where on sale at Kroger lol. And when I go out to eat, I like getting steak or something more interesting than just chicken