Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eating and Moving

Yesterday I decided to go for a smaller calorie deficit. Lobo is right -- a 2000 calorie difference between calories in and calories out is really tough, and I'm concerned that I'm setting myself up for a complete and total binge. So I ended yesterday with a 1200 calorie deficit, which is way more doable, although I have to say that even though I ate almost 2000 calories total, I was hungry virtually every second of the day. Here's what was on the menu:

Protein & water
Fish oil capsule/Viactiv

Smoothie at home of 1/2 banana, 1 cup blackberries, protein, water
1 ounce raw almonds

Yummy burrito
Fresh salsa

Protein & water
Baby carrots
1 ounce raisins

3 oz chicken breast
Mixed greens salad (a LOT) with Newman's Own Light Balsamic Dressing

Fiber One cereal & Vanilla Soy Milk
1 slice 7-Grain bread w/1 Tablespoon sunflower seed butter (YUM!) and 1 Tablespoon honey (double YUM!)

Protein 28%
Carbs: 54%
Fat: 18%

On the workout side of things, I went to the gym in the morning. Did 100 pound leg press, doubles, singles, and played with tempo. Then did handstands and forward rolls. And then Cardio Coach on the ARC trainer. And last night while Tim and I watched Criminal Minds, I played around with crunches and plank variations for abs.

That's my accountability for yesterday. As much as writing all this down makes me feel bad for anyone who reads my blog (just look away if you're bored, ok?!) and doesn't want this level of detail, I will say that I did not impulsively buy a candy bar the other day because 1) I didn't want to enter it on the Apex website, and 2) I didn't want to have to include it in my stats.

One final thing -- I can tell I'm losing weight and getting into new territory that I haven't been in since the WTF competition in 2005! Waist, hips, and thighs are tighter, arm definition is more apparent, and I can see my abs more than ever. So even when I'm feeling a little deprived (like when rest of family had cinnamon rolls the other night and I had Fiber One and soy milk), I'm convinced that what I'm doing is working. Next weigh-in is Saturday...


Pamela said...

Not boring at all fact seeing exactly what YOU are up to gives ME some ideas & direction... if nothing else where NOT to go.. *ahem* cereal not cinamon rolls ...GOT it! ;)

oldLobo said...

Good to see that you back off on doing extreme diet days. For someone who is already in good shape, like yourself, that large of a deficit could actually slow your metabolism, not to mention the fact that you will be dominated by thoughts of food.

The key to success on a diet is sustainability. I did manage to hold at a 1000 calorie/day deficit for a few weeks - without going crazy - when I was losing weight, but for the most part I did 500/day, which is quite sustainable.

However, since you are already in good shape, you have an option (assuming family obligations don't interfere) that the out of shape don't have - you can burn it off through exercise. Burning 500 calories is a lot of exercise for someone who isn't fit, but not such a big deal for someone like you.

Tracy said...

I can't wait to get you to swing KB's on a regular basis! Why you waste time doing all this other crap, I don't know?? Mark my words! Get to the bay area!