It's been a month- a month since I decided I would cut starches. Now let's qualify that - I admitted that I would not be a Nazi about it, and I wasn't. In fact, I ate a few things off the diet each week. But for the last two and a half weeks - nada.
No rice, no potatoes, no bread (I rarely eat bread anyway), no pasta, no sweet potatoes, no beans, no nothing! (Wait- once David and Cooper got on my butt about not trying something David made- a potato. So Cooper says "Just stick it in your mouth and taste it and spit it out!!) See what my challenges are???
So how do I feel? I feel BIG. I know I am not fat, but I have gained weight, I lost three then gained two, so a net loss of one, but I feel "large". Why? I have been having a hell of a time!
Have I ever told you how much I like to eat?
I'm really not quite sure and that is where I have failed myself. If you read into my Monday Morning Motivation, it told it all. I feel like I failed at my experiment. I jumped into this without properly educating myself and without having a well thought out plan. It's OK though, I have another plan, but first a bit of background.
So here's the deal. I watch all the "Paleo" people eat bacon, and butter, and ribs, and avocado, and cheese. Yum. Did I say Yum? Yum!
So that's what I did. Except one teeny tiny problem. I forgot that all of these people I know are not Figure Competitors. Oops!
So, while I am sure I could eat the same "diet", I still need to watch my calories! One small item I overlooked. LOL Jokes' on me!
So a net loss of 1 pound is not a big deal, and I could be back down lower in a couple days, but still, I am already bigger than usual so combine 7 days a week of heavy weight training (three of those days are twice a day lifting), with unlimited food and voila! I could easily become one Big Mama!
Stomach still looks decent but I have this thing, this obsession with being lean. I want to have big muscles and be lean and not diet...sounds like what everyone wants! So why should I be any different?
I never really ate much starch anyway. I would usually eat it twice a day. In the morning after training I would have sweet potato or oatmeal, or maybe a piece of very heavy spelt toast. Then at 10:00 am I would have 4 ounces brown rice or sweet potato. That's it, nothing after. I have never been a bread freak, I don't snack, it hasn't been a challenge. I thought I could just eat copious amount of meat though, and that was a silly mistake.
I need to educate myself. I am very smart when it comes to fat loss, I can get so lean it frightens people, so why am I even playing around with my diet? I just want to do what is best for my body. Oh, I want to enjoy myself too. You know the song by Cindi Lauper?
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
I have been reading this book and enjoying it quite a bit ( it's the kind of stuff I like to read about- I guess it might be boring for many folks).
I am not insulin resistant, that's obvious. I have no cholesterol problems, no weight issues, no diabetes, no heart concerns. I am healthy. I want to stay that way, so I may not really need to eliminate anything from my diet, maybe I just need to better understand the physiological effects so I make the best choices.
I already live low-carb. I may not need to do much.
I decided I really need to track my food again, I hadn't been at all. I logged into my FitDay account (I hadn't used it since 2009, I always used paper logs), and I tracked my food for the day. It was a typical day, but I know that I ate less because I actually weighed it out. I hadn't been, that was my biggest downfall. I was hungry all day. I usually am since I get up at 4:00 am even on my days off, so I have a long day to stretch out the food. My calories were fine, fairly low. Carbs were low, and really only as high as they were since I eat a small banana in my whey drink immediately following lifting. No starch.
So what's the plan now? I am going to stay in this "diet", so I will be avoiding starches most of the time. I will be weighing out my food again, and avoiding high fat meats and choosing the leaner cuts just as I used to. I will supplement with healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, CLA, Fish oil, almonds (and other nuts).
I will keep up my journal and I will finish this book and read a few more! The food below represents a typical day, and I trained twice on this day. 5:00 am to 6:15 am (at Gold's Gym on my own) and then 5:30 pm to 6:50 pm (with Roy). I was off so I took a 45 minute nap in the middle of the day too!
Here is what I ate for the day: