December 17th, 2012
Let me be honest for a moment. Even though I still “consider” myself Primal, it’s been a long time since I have fully committed to it. Heck, its been a long time since I have even been committed to the 80/20 rule of being Primal. I have the usual excuses as everyone who falls off of the healthy bandwagon:
Lately, though, I have started to really feel like crap. My body aches, I am bloated and gassy, and my energy levels are seriously lacking. Caffeine has had to become an all day staple in my diet. I have also learned that gluten and dairy can seriously mess me up.
For these reasons, I need to commit back to the Primal lifestyle. I need to be a good example for my family and friends. I need to be the healthy person they all think I am. But most importantly I just need and want to feel better.
In the past, I have tried all of these eating styles that have allowed me to eat dirty foods
- Carb Night
- Carb Back Loading
Although all are solid and effective ways to eat while losing fat and gaining muscle, I have found that if given the option to eat cheat foods, I will eat them and much more! I am better off restricting myself to clean and healthy foods. Most of these programs can be done using healthy foods and I think that is what I need to learn to do. No more dirty foods!
It’s time to take action!
November 27th, 2012
After completing the Adonis 12 week challenge, I went on a pretty good feeding frenzy. The fact that Thanksgiving happened to coincide with the end of the challenge didn’t hurt either. One thing I noticed during my feeding frenzy was that I have two major triggers for my I.B.S (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The first one I knew already but the feeds just confirmed it: dairy or lactose to be more specific. The second trigger was one I actually took out of my diet a few years back but put back in after a endoscope confirmed I wasn’t intolerant. That trigger is gluten.
Lucky for me, gluten isn’t a major trigger and I seem to tolerate small amounts of it OK but during times of high consumption, (like sandwiches or carb refeeds) it really seems to effect me. Both triggers leave me with a severe pain in my left side that almost feels like an ulcer. I also get very bloated.
For these reasons, I am going to start limiting my intake of both dairy and gluten. I wouldn’t call it Primal Revival but I definitely am going to head back in that general direction. Time will tell if find other triggers but I think its a safe bet that these two are my major players.
November 20th, 2012
It’s over. The last 12 weeks went by fast. Too fast. I started and finished strong but had way to many “off” days in between. Such is life I guess. My fault and I realize that. On the bright side of things, no one has to worry about me taking a spot in the top 10.
All kidding aside, I realize what my downfalls were this last 12 weeks. My workouts were strong but my diet was weak. That has always been my downfall. Lifting weights is not an excuse to eat like crap. I can do 6 days of clean eating but all it takes is one day to derail it all. I had too many of those “one days”.
I am going to take this learning opportunity to come back stronger, bigger, and leaner. You just wait and see!
I have two different sets of pictures. My official photo shoot, which was my wife taking pics with our SLR, didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped. Blame it on the carb-load, water cut, poor lighting, oil, whatever. I didn’t like most of the pictures. The second set of photo’s I actually had my wife take with her iphone right before bed. I had a good pump going from a full day of activities and I actually like the photo’s more.
My starting stats were:
Waist – 34″
Shoulders – 48″
Weight – 180 lbs
And my final stats were:
Waist – 32.5
Shoulders – 48.5
Weight – 175.2
So in summary, I lost an 1.5″ on my waist, gained a 1/2″ on my shoulders and lost almost 5lbs. So it wasn’t a total loss and my diet didn’t suck that bad. It just wasn’t good enough to show my abs more.
November 15th, 2012
I have a love/hate relationship with coffee. I love to hate it and hate to love it. Many times I have tried to quit and once even got to the point where I packed up our coffee maker and put it into storage. A few months later it called back out to me and I started drinking it again.
My biggest issue with coffee is what I put in it. I can’t stand black coffee. Call me a wuss if you must. I don’t care. I like my coffee sweet and full of flavor. My typical flavoring consists of 1 teaspoon of sugar free vanilla Coffee Mate creamer along with 1-3 teaspoons of Spenda. Nothing too damaging as far as calories or sugar and even though I drink this during my fast, I don’t really consider the calories enough to break my fast.
After reading a new fitness book (to be reviewed soon) there was a recommendation in there to add coconut oil and whey isolate to my morning coffee to drink during my fast with no ill effect on my metabolism.
This sounded eerily familiar to me so I set out to see if this was in fact true. I remember reading on the leangains.com site that if someone chose not to consume BCAA’s during their fast, they could substitute with a small amount of whey protein.
I won’t go into the details on why this is a good thing because you need to buy the book for that stuff but after doing some further research on my own, I discovered this to be a solid recommendation.
It’s believed that coconut oil can boost energy and is known to stimulate metabolism, improve digestion, and release fat cells. The bonus is that you don’t need to count calories in coconut oil because it is used for energy and not stored as fat!
So now this is the site of my counter top every morning.
Morning Coffee Mix
November 14th, 2012
I am now officially on Day 7 of my 10 day water cut and carb depletion so I thought I would give a bit of an update on how things are going.
Before I get into details though, I want to clear the air on something. I am not doing an official Carb Nite Solution. I got lambasted last time I said I was doing this protocol without actually reading the book. I still don’t have the Carb Nite Solution book but what I do have is the Carb Back Loading book (or CBL for short). In that book, there is talk about a 10 day preparation phase that prepares you for the CBL phase. I am following that (mostly) but from what I can tell, its similar to Carb Nite Solution. And as stated before, I did some further research on water cutting. Everything that I am finding is pretty much the same and that is what I outlined in my last post.
Carbs are hard to give up
So far the prep phase has been rough. Trying to only consume 30 grams of carbs or less has been tough. There have been lots of things I have had to avoid that I normally wouldn’t on my 100-150gram days. My energy level is very low and my muscle recovery is pretty much non-existent at this point. I would normally recover in a day from a hard workout and now it seems like it takes 2-3 days. By the end of the day I am worn out and find myself falling asleep on the couch around 7pm.
My calories have been around 1750 with almost equal amounts of fat and protein. That was a point I missed last time around as well.
2 gallons is a lot
Drinking 2 gallons of water a day has gotten old really fast. Yesterday I volunteered at my kid’s school for the day and the constant drink/pee got really tiring for me and for anyone that saw me head from the bathroom to the break room 10 times that day. I am also really tired of waking up 4 times a night to use the bathroom. I can barely choke down water anymore.
Sodium is awesome
My sodium intake has fluctuated a ton. Like carbs, there is sodium in everything. Even my eggs! I might be forced to eat nothing but chicken breast the next two days just to avoid it. Now that is going to be boring.
Light at the end of the tunnel
But tomorrow is day 8 and on day 8 I start reducing my water intake to either 1 gallon or .5 gallon depending on what program I choose to listen too. The day I am looking forward to the most is Friday though. Friday is my carb day. I have been looking forward to this day since day 1. It’s going to be epic. There may or may not be some smores in my future for that day.
One thing I am still unsure on though is my carb refeed start time and length. CBL states that I should start the refeed sometime late afternoon and run it for about 4-6 hours. Most photo/contest prep programs I have found state the carb refeed should start somewhere 1-2 days before the event and go all day. I am also not sure if I should workout on Friday or take the day off to refeed. I guess I need to figure this out soon.