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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.

8 comments:

Sayre said...

Well, it was worth it to find out that that particular eating style is not for you. Once you revert to your regular eating, you'll probably notice the weight coming off again. I'm not sure that too much protein is a good thing. Unless you're trying to bulk up... But bulking up also means putting on muscle weight. You might be at the point where measurements might be more accurate than the scale. Just a thought.

Kim Ayres said...

I would have thought that bulking up techniques weren't necessary at this stage. Once you hit 200lbs you'll still have plenty of mass to play with fat/lean ratios. I'd suggest at the moment you just concentrate on making the healthy choices for all round health, rather than targetted diets

Half Man said...

Lesson Learned.

The food program was not meant for bulking up, but for shedding fat. My intention for the weigh protein is for retaining muscle.

Nona said...

"Pain is weakness leaving the body" -- saying I saw on a marine corp. t-shirt.

LOL!!! and a Marine should know.

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Aye, lesson learned. Nothing ventured nothing gained and all that :)

And great stuff with your running, man! Glad to hear that's going well :)

cmae said...

Well you gave it a good go. The breakfast you had with Grape Nuts and all sounds much more appetizing anyway than eggs with eggs and eggs.

I can only dream of an 11 minute pace at this point, but I'm getting there - bit by bit! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog of late.

Spider63 said...

Building muscle is important, it gives your body form, muscle tone, and you will be healthier (IMHO). On the other hand, you can lose all the weight and build muscle later. Keep it up!!

Half Man said...

Thanks for all your comments. You started me thinking in a new direction.