Saturday, October 22, 2016

General diet thoughts and progress

It is now October 22, 2016!!!!!

I've been dieting for at least 4 months now. I can see why people tend to quit... -.-

I'm now at 140lbs., which means I've lost a total of 15lbs. from the first day I started this (155lbs.) The journey has not been easy.

Main Struggles

1. Food cravings. I'm getting food cravings like you wouldn't believe. This makes sense, granted I'm on a ~700 caloric deficit. 

-Obviously this kind of deficit should not be attempted by someone who is inexperienced with dieting or without consulting a doctor first-

...but seriously. I think about food all the time. Mainly about ice cream and carbs. I get some fat everyday from the chicken and fish I eat (and from the flax oil supplement that I take). But I'm getting absolutely no carbohydrates and it's making me want them!!!

How I deal with it:
Drinking A LOT of water, spacing out my protein meals throughout the day, taking a turmeric supplement, and once in a while I take a bit of apple cider vinegar (its been known to help with food cravings).

2. Energy in the gym. This one is a bit easier for me to deal with than the food cravings. Often times I find myself not really having a lot of energy to finish my workouts 100%. Sometimes this causes me to either leave a bit earlier than I should or having to muster up some serious motivation.

How I deal with it:
I take a pre-workout supplement (Qualia) and in the middle of the day, somewhere pass 12 or 1PM I take a 5-Hour energy shot. Sometimes both of these are unable to give me energy and I kind of just slump on the couch at around 7PM until I go to bed (10PM).

3. Socializing. This one is the easiest of them all but still a struggle. When I go out with family or friends I have to tell them that I either have to go somewhere that offers grilled/baked chicken or really lean red meat/salmon. Sometimes this poses as a problem and I find it easier to just not go out often.

All in all, I feel motivated still to get that six-pack! I was at about 23% body fat when I first got tested and I'm highly anxious to see what the next DEXA scan will show!!! I get my 2nd DEXA scan the 1st week of November. Hopefully by then I'll have the six-pack or at least be ridiculously close. Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!!!!! I also stopped working on my poker goal... I don’t think I’m ready for that. I’ll have to revisit that goal sometime in the future.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Diet & next goal

Today's post is just going to be about updating my diet/fitness progress and announcing my next goal: poker.

Now, more specifically, my next goal is going to be to be able to make money from poker. I will be playing Texas Hold 'Em because I believe I have the best chance of making money from this game. I'll be going to a local casino once I've practiced enough to test my skill and try to make money.

Even more specifics on my goal: 
-make $1,000 profit in one night
-make $10,000 profit in one month

Yes, this will be hard. But who said I wanted it to be easy?!?

But you aren't finished with the fitness goal!

My fitness goal is in large part on automatic. I've been able to maintain my caloric deficit and hit the gym with a lot of time to spare in my day, so I thought I'd up the ante (pun intended) and add another goal.

My plan so far;

1. Learn statistics and probability
2. Learn basic bluffing, betting and folding technique
3. Enter local poker tournaments where the buy-in is either $0 or low.
4. Document my progress
5. Once I've won a large amount of the games I play (maybe 90%), go up to the casino and start out small (maybe $200 the first night) and work my way up.

Fitness progress

Everything is going as planned; caloric deficit as low as I can handle, 180g+ of protein a day, hitting the gym hard, and trying to not succumb to the hunger. I'm currently at 144lbs. and will be shooting for 135lbs. by the time I get my next DEXA scan which is November 10th. Progress pictures come in November!

Hope everyone is enjoying fall!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sometimes diets aren't so easy...

I can't wait to reward myself with a Krispy Kreme ice cream doughnut...

Anyways, I've realized that the diet this time around isn't as easy as it was my first cycle through. I'm not exactly sure why that is. 

Some reasons I say it's harder; when there is food nearby, I find it harder and harder to deny myself said food, I'm thinking about food more often, etc.

I can do this! If I can do it, you can do it!

Book Goal

I've decided that my "book goal" of reading as many books as I could in one month wasn't exactly a goal, it was more just that I wanted to read more books. I also found that if you're gonna try and read as many books as you can in one month, have plenty already available before you start.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Back at it with the diet, final stretch!

Time to focus and finally get that six pack. I'm finished with my break and ready to hit the gym and kitchen with serious determination.

This time around I will be doing a protein sparring modified fast (PSMF) which means I'll be eating around 180 grams of protein a day and as close to 0 in carbs and fat. Yeah. It's tough. But it's the fastest and most efficient way to lose fat. I'll be eating things like; chicken breast, lean hamburger patties, tuna/salmon, zero carb protein powder and maybe some nuts. I'll also be taking a flax seed oil supplement as well as a caffeinated pre-workout.

Along with a modified diet, I'll have to take it a bit more easy in the gym; do less sets, not as heavy weights, 8-12 reps. I don't want to run my glycogen too low as that can make my body want to digest more muscle. It's a fine line between muscle and fat loss.

Anyways, wish me luck! I've booked another DEXA scan in a month to see how much body fat percentage I will have lost (and muscle).

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Metabolism healing and achieving that six-pack

As I've mentioned before, diet breaks are important. In the time that you put your body through a caloric deficit, one of the fundamentals of fat loss, your body goes through a tremendous amount of stress and change to make you loss weight in the slowest way possible. Evolutionarily, this gives us an advantage (thanks body!). Nowadays, this translates as quite a struggle for weight loss (thanks a lot!). If you want to know the ins-and-outs of specific ways our body's work against us, I'd suggest checking out Lyle McDonald's website here. I've learned a lot from him, and don't receive any compensation for mentioning his website. I just really appreciate the work he's done.

Over enough time, your metabolism begins to slow down to compensate the lower amount of calories you've eaten. Taking a diet-break allows your metabolism to "heal" or go back to a somewhat normal level before hitting it hard again. There are many benefits to having a diet-break, the most important one to me is that you'll see more fat loss when you get back to it (especially if you've gained weight in your diet-break, which you don't want to happen).

After doing this research, I've decided to take a 1-1.5 week diet break where I'll be eating my maintenance calories (2,000), before hitting it hard again. Soon enough, I'll have that six-pack!