DAY 1: 090309
Last week I got it in my head that I’d like to try out this program because I’m ready for a change, and a swift one. I’m in pretty decent shape already - I have an athletic build and am fairly muscular, but I could definitely have a lower body fat percentage. And I’m always striving for something more.
I also may do a triathlon in the summer as well as get back into rowing (crew) competitively. So my primary goals with trying this diet are that I’d like to get a more “ripped” look and lower my body fat, and get stronger (and hopefully continue good habits!). I can usually slim down on my own if I really focus, but then my eating habits slip. For instance, I went on a trip to South America this past January and was down to 125 and looking pretty good but when I returned to the states I gained some weight.
As a side note, I LOVE microbrew beers and wine … and liquor … haha … so … what I’d ultimately like to do is find a way to balance the fact I really enjoy good booze but also want to keep a healthy lifestyle. After all, we only live once. If I were to get hit by a bus tomorrow I would be none to happy if I had shut out specialty beers from my life permanently! You have to live a little even if you love fitness.
Ok so here we go:
Measurements (I’m not sure if I did these exactly right so if anyone sees a weird looking number give me a shout out).
Height: 5’4 3/4"
Weight: 132.6 lbs
Body fat %: 28% (approximately - I’m just using a scale with this one and I know those have a fairly large margin for error so I’m just noting it for whatever it’s worth).
Upper chest: 33"
Lower chest: 31.25"
Waist at navel: 28.5"
Waist at largest: 32"
Hips at largest: 37.25"
Upper arm (L): 11.25" (measured at fullest part - kind of mid-way)
Upper arm ®: 11.25"
Upper leg (L): 22.5" (measured at fullest part)
Upper leg ®: 22.5"
Lower leg (L): 16.25"
Lower leg ®: 16"
Ankle (L): 8.75"
Ankle ®: 8.75"
I also decided to measure the fullest part of my calves:
Calf (L): 14.5"
Calf ®: 14.25"
I took before and after pictures but I don’t think I’m going to post them on here - I do however have them for reference. Perhaps after this is all said and done I’ll share that part.
DAY 1 COMMENTS:
This first day has been kind of tough for me. Starting on a Monday and full day of work made it pretty hard to concentrate when I started to get really hungry in the middle of the day. I was so hungry (or perhaps craving sugar - I’ve been told can be similar to hunger) that I was in some pain. But after I got out of the office I was feeling better. Plus it was nice to get some fresh air.
I did the first day’s workout today - I picked the intermediate plan and the first workout was pretty easy for me. I need to get some heavier weights. I only have 20lb dumbbells which definitely weren’t enough for the bench press. And I did 45lb (barbell) for the front squats and that was also somewhat too light.
The chin-ups weren’t bad either - I could almost do them full out - I had to do a little kipping to get my weight up on some of them. I tried not to sub in any jump-assist (which is what I have to do when I do a lot of pull-ups in workouts). The ab roller wasn’t too bad … I could do a full extension out until I hit around 13 … then I started to feel it in my upper abs so I wasn’t rolling out quite so far. Guessing that will probably get a little sore in the next couple days. For all of these I tried to find weight that I’d do about 4-5 reps of and then start feeling some muscle fatigue … guess I got stronger and need some heavier weights though!
Are most of you out there going with that pure “nut butter” that is just peanuts and salt? I’m not really digging the taste of that either. I’ll probably just toss it in this last shake I need to drink tonight (I know a lot of people have said they eat it separately). I had a LOT of trouble downing the entire morning shake too … it was just very thick and I’m not a huge fan of flaxseed (the texture of it in a shake). I think I need to switch up the flavor of the shake every day or …?
One of my main issues when doing higher protein diets is actually getting all if it consumed. Even if I’m hungry I have to force myself sometimes. I’m just trying to avoid all thoughts of real food for now because I’d kill someone for some homemade mac & cheese right about now. (Guess perhaps I was more addicted to that kind of food than I thought!). We’ll see how it all goes on Day 2!