Saturday, August 18, 2012

2012-08-18 Check in [208.5 @ 36.125]

Mass:  208.5 (-2.1)
Waist:  36.125 (--)
Arm:  16.5 (+0.125)
Thigh:  20.5 (--)
Calf:  15.125 (--)

Right.  So.  The "just eat as much as I feel I need post-workout" concept obviously is not working.  This past week I measured out my pre-workout meals (roughly 40-50p + 15f each), then ate whatever I wanted post-workout (usually another 40-50p and then random carbs).  On the one hand, this has not hurt me.  On the other, it has not helped me.  But it is nice to know that it might be a sustainable "maintenance" lifestyle for me.

But this coming week, I am going to have to actually measure stuff out to ensure that I am eating enough.  According to Keifer's chart I should be aiming for 700c post-workout.  I think I will go for about 400, and mostly clean (potatoes, rice, etc).  I'll see how I do.

Today (Saturday) is an off-day.  However, I skipped out on a meal yesterday, and I woke up crashed.  So I might have a cheat meal for my first meal of the day.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012-08-11 Check in [210.6 @ 36.125]

Mass:  210.6 (+2.7)
Waist:  36.125 (--)
Arm:  16.375 (--)
Thigh:  25.0 (--)
Calf:  15.0 (-0.125)

So, this was unexpected.  Up 2.7# with no waist shift?  oookayyy....Well, I had stated that I was going to work on leaning down.  But I believe I will run with this for another week and see how things go.  I know how to shed weight easily, but if I can gain a lot of mass without having my waist shift much, I will keep going.  After all, it is much easier to be muscular and lean with more muscle on my body.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Diet Thoughts

Thoughts for melding Kiefer's carb backloading with Shelby's carb cycling.  Why?  Mostly to drop some fat while not sacrificing muscle.  For specific reasons:
1.  I like the concept of back-loading (carbs post-workout only), but I do better with more structure. 
2.  I feel better at a lower body fat.  Both physically (lower back is not as sore/tight) and ego-wise (look prettier). 
3.  With the back-loading concept, my food intake during the first part of the day is pretty similar regardless of which type of day I am on.  So if I am fragged or don't feel like lifting I can merely avoid evening carbs, add in some fats, and I will be fine on food intake.  Alternately, if I feel up to lifting and was not planning on it, I just have to ditch my evening fats and have carbs. 
4.  Having a lot of carbs post-workout makes me happy and feel better (no hunger issues)
5.  The amount of carbs/food should mesh well with my 5/3/1 Boring But Big lifting routine.

So, general thoughts:
1.  maintain the concept of "carbs post-workout"
2.  measure out quantities of food
3.  go through a "break in" week of purely low-carb days (running until 8/17)
4.  have designated high/medium/low days based upon workout & progress

Low days -  250g P + 50g F +    0g C = 1450 kCal
Medium -    200g P + 30g F + 200g C = 1870 kCal
High -         200g P +   0g F + 400g C = 2400 kCal

No lifting = Low
Upper body = medium
legs = high

With my funky lifting schedule, this will give me a varying number of high/medium/low days each week. 
Cardio will be an "as needed/as desired" thing.  Mostly, if I am bored I will go for a walk.  I might include a weight vest, or I might just wander for a few miles.  If I need the boost, I will try to run occasionally.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

2012-08-04 Check In [207.9 @ 36.125] - Start Carb Back Loading

Mass:  207.9 (+4.6)
waist:  36.125 (+0.625)
Arm:  16.375 (+0.125)
Thigh:  25.0 (+0.375)
Calf:  15.125 (+0.125)

Well, July was a waste.  I got through the Carb Back Loading prep phase, and then promptly died.
On the 9th, I had an abscess begin to appear in my right glute.  That knocked me down & out for a couple of weeks.  It wasn't until the 23rd or so that I could move well enough to exercise.  And for the first week of the infection I was bed-ridden.  Then on the 26th I went to Colorado, returning on the 30th.  The remainder of this week (July 31st - Aug 3rd) I have been absolutely fragged out.

So in summary, practically no exercise, horrible eating habits, and just a lump all month.

Starting today I will begin carb backloading.  Skipping the prep phase, and just going straight into the actual program.  If it does not go well, then I might go through the prep phase again.