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Since upping my daily food intake to roughly 2000 calories, I've noticed the following things:
  • I feel a lot better/stronger at the gym and at basketball. I have more energy, the weights seem 'easier' (in the sense of doing it, I am still busting a gut).
  • In respect of muscle, I think I'm gaining more muscle weight Come on PSFG!!!
  • In respect of 'measurements', I do not think I am gaining but I don't think I'm losing much around my waist either..this is just based on eyeballing. I KNOW I KNOW, I should be measuring. None of my clothes fit anymore, so let's just run with that.
  • I do feel so bloated from food sometimes at night, because I'm eating more than normal...But in the morning, this is fine again.
  • I haven't kept an eye on weight because a) I don't have a pair of accurate digital scales and b) I fluctuate quite a bit even when my measurements keep going down.
  • My appetite has really increased - I am pretty much hungry all the time, even though I am eating more than I probably have all year. I am largely sticking to eating every 3 hours and my hunger is under control. But it's at night after dinner that I feel just so hungry. I've got to get back onto the Calcium Casseinate (it's like a slow release gluggy night time protein) which will sort this out I think. OH and the cabbage too. I stopped eating it because I got a little bored of preparing it (the eating it was fine!).
  • I've gone carbo crazy!!! I just want to eat carbs all the time - I partly blame my dietitian for this who said I can have 3 carb serves a day, with 1 serve of carb = 2 slices of bread. So some days I have FOUR pieces of bread (1 for breakfast, 1 for a snack and 2 for lunch for a sandwich) and pasta for dinner and it feels like a glorious carbo wonderland party where the confetti is whole grains and my heart is on fire, basking in the glow of the most glorious macronutrient in my book - CARBS.


It's funny how your body can get so used to something and then you change it a little bit and you just feel so out of control for a bit. I've had a big cardio week and quite unintentionally as well. I wonder if this is tied into why I've had such a craving for carbs and why I feel so hungry/want to eat all the time. As I've mentioned before, I am a big believer in writing down your exercise routines so you can assess what's working and what's not working. At the end of each week, I add up all my cardio minutes and what weight sessions I did to see if I met the bare minimum prescribed by my trainer (x2 arms sessions, x 2 legs and at least 2.5 hours cardio). This week was a bit crazy - I ended up doing over 6 hours of cardio and 3 arms/upper body sessions and 2 legs sessions. It broke down like this:
  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 60 minutes of pick up ball (ie. informal outside ball), 60 minutes Cardio Coach on Cross Trainer and 30 mins legs.
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes boxing with trainer and 30 mins arms.
  • Thursday: Weights only (no time for cardio, did a 10 minute warm up on the rower before weights)
  • Friday: 30 minutes of shooting hoops (mixed ball game was cancelled), 60 minutes Cardio Coach on Cross Trainer and 30 mins arms weights
  • Saturday: 60 minutes of shooting hoops
  • Sunday: 45 minutes of pick up ball, 45 mins arms, 30 minutes of game ball (girls)


It sounds arduous, but because I love basketball so much, the minutes didn't feel as painful as gym cardio minutes. You have to love that. Today was the best (well, besides losing our girls game), I went down to the local court to just practise shooting, but ended up crashing a random pick up game that was in progress and played half court / full court with a bunch of random guys. I love pick up more than normal games sometimes...I like playing with the guys - you learn more, they play 'tougher' and well, I guess you never find groups of girls playing pick up. What a fiend I've become...I remember when I was reluctantly joining a Sunday team and now I'm playing pick up with guys I don't even know. LIVE IT, LOVE IT ♥

I wore my Heart Rate monitor for the first time ever when I was shooting hoops on Sat and playing pick up on Sunday and was really surprised how hard I was working during it. Not quite as full on as a slog on the cross-trainer doing Cardio Coach, but infinitely more enjoyable. Today during pick up, my heart rate got up over 190 and I 'burned' around 450 cals over 45 mins. I think I might try and go down to the courts more on the weekend to shoot around, practise dribbling and rebounding, rather than doing time at the gym. It's nicer to be outside and doing something more stimulating. Even if I fricken love Cardio Coach so much!! It's the best way to deal with a bad situation

Oh, and I thought PSFG was going pretty well until I saw this girl on the treadmill to day and the girl had some serious guns going on. JEALOUS. It's ok though, I'll put it into the inspiration file and pull it out when I want to slack off and stay at home and watch Foxtel in my red Lazypatch doona suit til my eyes bleed...

I think all the food stuff I write about makes it sound like I'm crazy obsessed with my food and I spend all my time thinking about it and not really enjoying it anymore. I watched a show today which called people like me 'over-zealous' - slaves to logging food calories and weighing food. Which isn't true at all. Everything I eat I enjoy, and there are some days when I decide NOT to enter anything into Calorie King and just enjoy the day. For me, I do this because I'm not trying to lose weight nor enter a figure competition so I look at it this way - I like to know what I'm eating and making sure it's on track, but some days you just got to enjoy things so you can look after your head too.

So this week - things I do that other people might judge as 'wrong':
  • I ate peanut butter, with jam on toast every day for breakfast.
  • I pretty much eat avocado every day.
  • I drank several glasses of glorious red wine at a friend's place on Thursday (I don't really drink during the week anymore and I can tell you now that I absolutely and sincerely miss mid-week red wine.).
  • I made a lemon tart for Thursday's dinner - stacked with cream, butter, eggs, sugar - and I ate 2 slices of it on Thursday and Friday.
  • I've eaten 100g of grainwaves this weekend.
  • I bought goat's cheese for the first time in ages and ate some (ok, granted not a lot - like 10g each time! It was glorious though)
  • I ate 500g of asian noodles over 3 meals this weekend.


But, I worked hard this week and sure if I was being 'perfect' I wouldn't have done the above. But I don't want to be perfect, I just want to be happy, healthy and strong. I'm a big believer that if you're sensible, happy, working hard and listening to what your body is trying to tell you, that all the stuff you want your body to do will come.

Today's question: What do you miss eating/drinking?

For me, my top 5 is:
  • Red wine - there is no real substitute to having red wine with dinner
  • Potato chips - OMG, I msis potato chips so much
  • Hot chips - wahhhhhhhhhhh, the closest I get to this is a potato, microwave it til it's soft, smash it, lightly spray it with canola oil and roast it at 200C for 15 minutes. It's actually pretty good, but it isn't as good as chips.
  • Soft cheese - blue brie hole in my heart right now...
  • Friday night drinks - instead of drinking with colleagues to celebrate Friday, I skip the booze and go to the gym instead. My god, this is the training session that requires the most will power of them all...I console myself with the fact that at the gym on Friday night, there is a lot of honk there, refining their charms. Oh hai! How you doing??

on 2009-07-06 03:26 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] spookylolly.livejournal.com
Eating avocado every day is never wrong. It is loaded with good fats and that's part of the reason Ken is such a healthy soon-to-be-42-year-old. Lots of good fats and fibre (cabbage~! <3).

There's a quote, "Obsessed is the word lazy people use to describe the dedicated".

I am nowhere near ready for figure comp, but I'm not even a year into the whole lifestyle change yet, so in ways it's bound to be expected, however all my "normie" friends think my eating and "sacrifices" are insane. They have no idea how bad or how strict it will get until they start to see me looking skeletal and start muttering about eating disorders. Except in the game I want to play, that's not a disorder, that's a fact of competition.

Basically you just have to shove the negative "normie" talk to one side and keep your eyes on the prize. By all means, have a break, eat something fun, drink a nice glass of wine, but always get back on the court and into CK. It's our lives and we are the ones who get to say how we live them. Not our less active and potentially unhealthy friends, despite their best intentions.

(90% of my family and friends are over-weight and don't get enough exercise. It's like pushing shit uphill to break from that trend, but goddamn, if it takes me fifty years, I'm going to do it. That is not the life or shape I want for myself.)

on 2009-07-06 11:26 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
as much as i admire the figure girls for their dedication, I guess I'm not trying to do that and get that result. So for me, it's more about reaching a balance where I can still enjoy myself but still get the most out of my diet/training. I personally can admire how they look and how much work and effort goes into it, but I wouldn't want to be that lean. I think it's a little scary :) Lucky for me, I don't think there's any chance of me accidentally ending up like that!!

I still want abs and guns tho...And those 2 rely so much on diet, which is why I'm not going to take my eye off the ball there :)

i don't think avo is wrong - but some people do. there's a lot of things people think is 'wrong'. I don't eat as much of it as I'd like to though - if I could eat as much avo as I wanted, I'd eat 1 - 2 of those bad boys EVERY DAY. One of the things my dietitian told me was that I needed to eat more good oils/fats. This means more peanut butter and that makes me ECSTATIC. I think I have been overdoing it a bit though - but I will reign it back in if need be...

I have been meaning to reply to your email re: whether stressing about it all = no results. It's a funny thing, I'm a big believer in listening to your body and not worrying about the measurements/weight as much, as that just comes. If I feel smashed, i take the day off. If I feel like I need a little more carb, I'll have a little more carb (but a good complex one). But more than anything, just try and listen to how fit you're getting. How you can run further, train harder, lift heavier and be faster. Sometimes we get caught up in the tangible results, but it's the heart and the head that we sometimes need to listen to as well. When I can chase someone down the court, faster than the previous week, that's one of the most rewarding results I get. More satisfying than 500g on the scales. How do you feel when you train? Are you getting stronger? Is your heart fitter? I bet it is - and that's what you need to take away from all your hard work. You are better than you were yesterday and so long that's what you do more often than not, you WILL go forward!!!

I'm focussing on push ups at the moment, I really want to up my numbers without losing my form. I bought some more Nike tops today at the warehouse, so just need the guns to go with it now!!

x

on 2009-07-06 05:03 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] starwxrwx.livejournal.com
Get a digital scales from Woolies for $20 and record your pre-shower weight every morning - I made a handy spreadsheet that graphs it - you can see real losses/gains and maintenance over time. It's just another thing to do, but for me it worked because I couldn't lie to myself about the reality of it!!

Are you doing cardio before weights???? Weights first is a much better idea! Skip the 10 minute cardio warm up too - just get straight into it and warm up with a lower weight!! Then you can expend all your remaining energy on the cardio machine afterwards (and don't risk injury while doing weights because you are too tired).

I'm in a weird place with food right now, not really craving anything but not really used to not craving _something_! haha - so mentally I think "shouldn't I be hungry???". Also I think I'm a bit off as I might have an infected tooth or bad filling because everything tastes weird (sorry, too much information I know))

on 2009-07-06 11:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
i've never been a weight watcher and I don't think I'm going to start. I really am not too concerned with my weight. Perhaps this is because I'm already a healthy weight and for me it's more about how I look/feel and if there was something I had to measure, my measurements!!!! Over 6 months, I lost 1kg and lost 6cm off my waist. I just don't get caught up with weight.

I always do cardio before weights. I know there's 2 schools of thoughts on this both ways. I have been meaning to try it out. Sometimes I'll do a 10 min cardio cool down to help with DOMS after a leg workout.

Do you think you're eating enough? One of the things logging my food taught me was that I often wasn't eating enough!! And then some days eating far too much. I need to work on my proportion of macronutrients, I don't have that quite right yet...

on 2009-07-06 01:21 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] starwxrwx.livejournal.com
firsty I forgot to say - good work on the bbal!!! sounds so awesome to get out there and play on a random sunday :) I was feeling so antsy to get out and do some exercise on the weekend - I ended up cleaning my room instead (urg) but I did dance all night Saturday so maybe thats where my energy went!!

fair enuf with the weight watching - it's only a motivating tool after all :) 6cms is a great effort!!!

I should keep a food diary - I need to eat better! I don't think I'd ever be guilty of eating too little though! maybe eating too little protein and vitamins, but not calories ;)

I am a firm believer in weights before cardio tho - a good weights session IS like cardio!! Might help in the PSFG department? I can't wait till I can get in there and lift decent weights again - the slow build up is agonising!!

anyway keep posting - you're motivating me!!

on 2009-07-06 02:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
when i do weights, my heart rate ranges from 110 to 150. When I do cardio properly, my heart rate is usually 145 - 180.

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