Monday, April 21, 2008
Week 64 Weigh-In
Last Week's Weight: 256.4 lbs.
Today's Weight: 258.8 lbs. (+2.4)
Total Lost: 121.2 lbs.
Fat Ratio: 24.9%
Lean Mass: 194.4 lbs.
Fat Mass: 64.4 lbs.
Waist: 49 inches
Grrrr. I am not sure exactly why this happened. I must have eaten much more calories this week than I realized. With this morning's weight, I decided to jettison the eating program I have been trying. It came from Muscle and Fitness Magazine and was supposed to help me get lean rather than bulk up. Mostly, I was trying to figure how to use whey protein.
My conclusion concerning this eating program is that it is for someone whose weight training is much more intense than mine. There were other things that I didn't like about it such as the amount of protein (in addition to the whey) I had to eat every day was quite high. There was precious little fruit. There were too many eggs. I like eggs, but it called for 2 whole eggs + 4 egg whites every morning. Finally, it required an evening snack.
I gave it go for 3 weeks. I don't know what my weight change was the first week since I didn't weigh until afterwards. The second week I lost one. This week I gained 2.4! I noticed that I developed cravings which I had not experienced much on my journey.
So, I am going back to my previous eating habits with a modification. I will consume 2 scoops of the whey protein after each workout, but reduce the amount I am eating at my snacks. Hopefully, this will work. If not, I will dump the whey protein.
I may be a little down, but I am by no means out. In fact, my running has been terrific. I hit a new level with my running. Previous to my last race, my pace was in the high 11's. Beginning the week before the race, I was starting to run in the 10's. At the race, I ran a 9:37 pace. Since then, I have been running in the mid-10's. Last Thursday, I ran 45 minutes at a 9:54 pace. Saturdays are the days I run longer distances. I had been running 6 miles, but I want to increase that over the next few months. This past Saturday, I ran 7 miles and still had a pace of 10:32. I feel great about that.
"Pain is weakness leaving the body" -- saying I saw on a marine corp. t-shirt.
Living Fit Is My #1 Job!
ADDENDUM: Just to be clear, I was not trying to BULK UP. The eating program from Muscle & Fitness was not billed as a bulking up program, but as a fat loss program. Since, it included the use of whey protein, I thought I would try it. I wanted to add the whey protein in order to preserve my muscle mass. Secondarily, I wouldn't mind building a little more muscle, but this is a very distant second. I figured that this program would help me understand how to use whey the right way and jump start me back into healthy eating. It did accomplish both those goals.
So, I have ditched the diet. I had NO eggs this morning, just a bowl of Grape Nuts with some walnuts, ground flaxseed, raisins, and milk. I did have some whey protein after my weight training, but that replaced my morning snack. I haven't gone through the entire day, but I already feel better about the way I am eating.