Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 7: One Week Down!

Only eleven to go! Shit.

Numbers for Tom:

430-500 calories per meal (2580-3010 cals per day)
37.5-44 grams of protein per meal (225-263 grams per day)
48-56 grams of carbs per meal (290-338 grams per day)
9.5-11 grams of fat per meal (57-66 grams per day)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 6: That's Pretty Much A Week, Right?

Woooooo cheat day!

I love cheat days. They really do help keep me on track during the week, and I never eat as poorly as I plan to, which is good. During the week I'm all IMMA EAT THREE POUNDS OF GUMMY BEARS AND ALL THE TIMBITS but once the cheat day actually comes, I'm much better.

We did our weigh-in today for fun before the cheat day. I may weigh in again on Monday for the sake of consistency.

Starting Weight - 152.4lbs
Day 6 - 148.1 (-4.3lbs)

Obviously, I'm happy about this. But I'm also cautious; I've seen my weight plummet in the first week or two of a program, then level off, or worse come up, for the rest of the time. I'm going to try and stay optimistic though!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 5: Keep On Truckin'

Oh boy am I tired. I'm pretty sure I had lots of great ideas about what to post, but they seem to have vacated my brain. Some highlights...

  • It was a great weight-lifting day. I think the extra calories from my diet re-tooling really helped.
  • We are BBQ-ing salmon at 9pm. Because we can.
  • Tomorrow is a cheat day!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 4: Food And More Food

Food is a constant challenge for me. I like to have guidelines! with numbers! so I know if I get a gold star or not for the day. I am always worried that I'll try really hard and stick to the rules, then not have it work for me. Today I read this, which was really interesting. For me, it means my nutrition should break down like this:

Protein: 150-175grams

Carbs: Weight Day - 150 grams
           Cardio Day - 75-112 grams

Fat: Weight Day - 37.5-45 grams
       Cardio Day - 45-60 grams

Which is a lot more protein and a lot less carbs than I have now. Modifications, yay!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 3: With A New Recipe!

Today is a lower body weight day. It's going to suck in an awesome way (if that makes sense).

I discovered/tried out a new recipe today, and it was delicious! A modification of this Canadian Living recipe.


3 tbsp (45 mL) lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) Blue Menu Bean Medley, drained and rinsed
1 can (6 oz/170 g) tuna, drained and broken into large chunks
2/3 cup (150 mL) diced cucumber
2/3 cup (150 mL) thawed corn

Yum! Makes four servings so each serving is 184 cals, 29 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 2: Ow

Well you sure can tell when you haven't been in the gym for a while. I am soooorrreeeee.

The food is still good, cravings aren't too bad although I had a wicked sugar/caffeine withdrawal headache last night. I'm still struggling to find a balance between my caloric needs and balancing carbs and protein. I still look at carbs as bad and protein as good (which, of course, isn't strictly accurate). How do you hit enough calories without blowing the other two out of the water? Especially protein. I've been told to hit 75 grams per day for my weight. I'm at about 100 grams per day. Frustrating!

Today is a cardio day, so T and I are off to a spin class in a few hours.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 1: Of Many, Many Days

I am so glad to be back in the gym. My muscles, on the other hand, may not agree with me. We actually got up early and went to the gym which was great. It's one of those things you hate doing at the time, but love once you're done.

I'm still having some challenges balancing my food but I'm hoping with a bit of trial and error this week. Same goes for the weight training since I can't seem to find a balance between lifting enough and lifting correctly.

We took before photos but they are so awful there's no way I am posting them. I will post my starting stats though.

Chest: 35"
Waist: 34"
Hips: 41"
Right Thigh: 23"
Right Calf: 15"
Right Bicep: 11.5"

Weight: 152.4lbs

Wow. Long way to go.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Time for a Mon-tage

So since the last time I posted, I quit my job, moved to a different city, went on a two-week vacation back home, and got engaged. Holy shit!

After the stress of all that plus the fun times on vacation (shiny ring!), it is definitely time for a montage. I feel bloated and gross and generally unfit. So T and I are starting another round of Body For Life on Monday.

*insert obligatory "It's for real this time!" rant*

But I really hope this time is for real since a) I'm tired of feeling unfit and b) I don't want to look at my wedding pictures and think "EW" like I do when I look at the pictures from the weddings we were guests at on this trip.

So it's back to the gym and back to good food. I am a-scared to take our before photos, but it's time to go to DeVry (and get serious about success.)