Hey folks! This update is long overdue. I know, I know – I was supposed to do this last Saturday. But an impromptu trip to Hawaii left me with no choice but to push this back. So here it is.
Over the past three weeks, to say that I’ve been busy would be an understatement. As I wrap up the end of the academic quarter, I feel like things have only been speeding up. And try as I might, I’ve been going to bed later and later. Getting to the gym has been more of a hassle than usual. Take last week, for instance. I was only able to get to the gym twice before I hauled myself over to Honolulu. My last day there, I decided that I wanted to get in at least one more quality workout, so given the usual limited hotel gym equipment, I did some Tabata-style front squats with 20lbs in each hand (these things are deceivingly hard) followed up with some steady state cardio. Gasp, oh no she didn’t! Oh yes I did. You see, as anti-cardio as I may seem, I think they do have their place. When it comes down to doing absolutely nothing vs. a little bit of cardio, the latter is preferable. Having gone to the gym only twice, I figured I could use a little more movement.
OK, so without further ado, here are some progress pics I snapped this morning:
I weighed in at 115.2lbs so this morning. So not as much progress as I’d hoped for, but good considering how crazy my days have been – not to mention some high-calorie days in there as well.
A few things I will be tweaking:
- I’ve been sitting on my butt. A lot. Which means I haven’t been burning all that many calories. Which means my dietary intake needs to change. I’d guess that I was barely below maintenance levels these past 3 weeks (including the few days I indulged in macadamia nut pancakes in Hawaii – how could you pass that up?).
- I’ll be lifting full body 3x/week with 2 metabolic days thrown in there as well. The metabolic workouts will either be in the form of hill sprints, bodyweight circuits, or complexes. More on that later. I forgot how damn good it feels to get your heart racing like that.
Below I’ve listed all the foods that are a part of my regular diet, first organized by macronutrient and then frequency of consumption:
White russet potatoes
Fruit (berries, apples, bananas)
Brown rice tortillas
Fibrous vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, cucumbers)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Ben&Jerry’s ice cream
Candy (Swedish Fish, caramel chews, Skittles)
Nuts (almonds, macademia nuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts)
I don’t believe in banning a specific food entirely (unless you have a medical issue) as I think doing so has the potential to create an unhealthy attachment and unrealistic evaluation of said food. If I really wanted a cookie, for example, instead of thinking of it as “forbidden,” I will either a) fit it into my macros for the day, or b) save it for another planned day in the near future.
Here’s an example of what my meals have been looking like:
Meal 1 (2:00pm): 2 large eggs, 1 slice bacon, 80g oats + 50g berries, 1 slice Ezekiel bread, 1/2c whole milk w coffee, 6 fish oil capsules, 1 multivitamin
Meal 2 (7:00pm): 400g tilapia, 1/2c Ben&Jerry’s red velvet flavor, 60g Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 2 slices Ezekiel bread, 2 pieces caramel candy
Meal 1 (2:00pm): 70g oats, 100g berries, 3 whole eggs, 5 egg whites, 2 slices bacon, coffee w/ whole milk, 6 fish oil capsules, 1 multivitamin
Meal 2 (8:30pm): 130g top sirloin, 200g tilapia, 1 cup fibrous veggies, cheese nachos (28g blue tortilla chips + 25 cheddar cheese melted on top)
I typically plan the next day’s food the night before, but I’m also flexible if it’s time to eat and I decide that I feel like eating something different.
In my next update, I will cover some of the tools I use to stay on track with my diet.
If you have any questions or comments about anything I’ve been doing my sexification (heehee) journey, be sure to holla below! And check out my buddy Rog’s progress when you get a second, too.
Here’s to a solid week ahead!