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.
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    Good work
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    What a great health assessment! Way to go, Elite Beast! emoticon
    3034 days ago
    Ahh, yes, sodium! I've experienced the same thing with soy sauce. So, as it turns out, you're doing perfectly. Awesome news!
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    I'm SCARED. No seriously though great work.
    3034 days ago
    Yaaaayyyyyyy! Beast mode baby! How exciting to have an Elite strength designation. You Rock!!
    3034 days ago
    Awesome job on health assessment you ROCK!!!!
    3034 days ago
    Nice revelations from the trainer and for you personally!

    I've been pretty content eating mostly what and when I want. I've found that since I've cut my carbs down by not eating sugars, breads, and starches in general, that I get satiated much easier with veggies & proteins (chicken, fish, beef, shrimp, etc). I feel OK eating as much of these as I need to and I find my brain/body click in to tell me, "you're done, you're full"

    this has also helped stay fueled more consistently....I don't have the glucose drop before or after a workout....just a good old-fashioned hunger for good, clean food!

    Congrats again on the assessment!
    3034 days ago
    Yay!!!!!! Way to go, Elite Dingbat!

    This title had me laughing before I even read the rest, hahahaha. Also? I am in love with Beast Mode. I am stealing. Now I have times where I am trying to make food or fitness related decisions, and I can ask myself "...but will it put me in Beast Mode?" Ha! THANK YOU.

    Keep it going, beast.
    3034 days ago
    Focus on the ELITE! AWESOMENESS! Soidium . . . it's a beast to tame and doesn't happen overnight.

    Keep up the good work!!!

    RAWWWWRRRR!!! For sure!
    3034 days ago
    Elite!! emoticon
    3034 days ago
    You need more calories on the day you work out, or you will feel like crap!

    Congrats on your progress - the scale will move slower. It's ok:
    If you lose 5 lbs of fat and 5 lbs of muscle, you lose 10 lbs.
    If you lose 5 lbs of fat, but gain 5 lbs of muscle, you lose 0 lbs.

    I'd rather have the 2nd option, personally. Which is why it's silly to worry about weight!

    3034 days ago
    Woo hoo!!!! Yeah I know for a fact that my dinner tonight has a lot of sodium. I'm looking forward to it but not looking forward to the scale tomorrow.

    3034 days ago
    Woohoo! You are ELITE!!! That is awesome. I bet you can get your BP down with a few low sodium days.
    3034 days ago
    I'm so with you on the low energy part. I only cycle lower calories on my rest days. I get hungry and need fuel on my workout days. :) I find it very refreshing that you recognize that not getting enough calories leads to bad workout performance!

    You ARE making progress!! Forget about the scale!

    3034 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/2/2013 6:01:57 PM
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