Answer to my dillema



As promised, as much for myself as for anyone else who may be reading this, here is how I made out after the party yesterday. I can’t call it a victory, yet I can’t call it a failure either.

I was good until I got to my in-laws, but by then I was hungry and I knew I would be I trouble. I had two cocktails (turns out I do like a whiskey sour) prior to dinner, then switched to water, so I thought I did pretty good there.  I had already plugged in what the cake was going to cost me into MyFitnesspal. So I knew how much room I had for snacks and dinner.

It really was the snacks that did me dirty. Some party mix, there was several different kind of dips and accompanying bread bowls, some cheese and crackers, and this lovely pepper jelly over cream cheese and crackers. Not a lot of protein there eh? Nope. All processed carbs, fats and loads of sodium. And boy did I partake. This is the single biggest contributor to calories last night, and me feeling the way I did this morning.

At dinner I held myself to two slices of pizza and 4 wings. Not too bad there. It was mostly because of the damage I did with the salty snacks. I don’t usually sit around eating that stuff. Couple that with the booze and boom, bring on the bloat.

Now comes the cake. I am not a fan of yellow cake, with white butter cream frosting. It wasn’t bad. I made sure my slice was the appropriate size based on what I had already tracked. But I added a scoop of chocolate ice cream. I never have ice cream with cake. Every time I pass. For whatever reason I thought it sounded good, and it was.

When I got home, I filled in the gaps in MyFitnessPal. Turns out I almost broke exactly even. Actually, I was a hundred fifty calories over. Not bad considering right? Wrong. That is considering I added my calories burned from my extra cardio session, which I never do. So not only did I consume my normal caloric deficit, I ate all the cardio I did that day as well and still managed to go over. Sort of. And my macros for the day were an absolute mess. All fat and carbs, very little protein. Sodium was just about off the chat.

See, I still have an unaccounted hour of weight training in there somewhere. But I never cut that. In fact I am no longer going to add any workout calories onto my total. I think all that does is screw my mind into thinking I need to do this workout so I can have those fries and that is not where I mentally want to be.

So it really wasn’t a loss, it was an accidental tie with a bias towards a partial victory. The good news is I managed to get back on my normal fasting routine last night and follow it through into to say. Couple that with a lot of water to help flush my system, ad I feel almost normal again. I did notice this morning that I cold feel how bloated my midsection was when I sat up to roll out of bed. Does that mean I have gotten used to not being bloated from bad food? Probably.

What could I have done differently? First, I could have changed my eating schedule so that I had an actual meal closer to when I got to my In-laws. This would have prevented the binge snacking, or at least tempered it. Second, I need to find a drink that I like, that is a little lower in sugar. I looked up the nutritional information for my mixed drinks and “holy crap”. I need to do that part better. Third, track as I go. If I had done that, I might have had some warning that I was approaching the red line and pumped the breaks a little. Or at least moved farther away from the bowl of party mix.

So live and learn. I have a week to figure it out, because even though we just celebrated my brother-in-laws birthday, my father-in-law’s birthday is next weekend. I refuse to fight the same battle with the same tactics next week. So expect I expect different results.





I have been remisss

I admit, I have been slacking. I forgot to do my Monday update post.

Another week as gone by and another two pounds lighter. I was surprised even though I stayed on track the entire week. It’s getting easier now on all fronts. Hopefully this means things are becoming “habits”. It is getting a lot easier to eat clean. I just find myself falling into a rut of eating the same things, especially during the week. I need to work in some variety, lest I get bored and stray.

From a mental standpoint, I no longer freak out at the amount of food I can consume in a day. That is a huge mental victory for me. At times I find myself trying to find ways to add calories back in because I am too far below my daily goal. This is a good thing. For me I have always had that mental hurdle of starting to panic a little because my daily caloric goal seems like it will leave me hungry. I see that number, maybe I am in between meals at the time and a little hungry and I would get despaired. Thankfully, I have broken that pattern ad that is not the case anymore. This is especially critical because as my weight goes down, so does my daily caloric intake goal. I have come to realize that they are small steps down and that I can do it.

Nutrition-wise, eating clean and staying in my caloric goal is n’t going to be enough. I need to balance out the rations a bit more. I look back at what I have been eating and see that I haven’t been consuming near enough healthy fat and carbs, and too much protein. I need to re-balance things a little.

I am torn with competing in the 7th Annual Strongman at the 2015 Imagine RIT festival. I really want to do the Mendon Mauler 4 mile trail run in June. With Strongman in May, the train up for that will be a little contrary to training for a 4 mile run. I am just now getting comfortable trying to run two miles. Plus, I am lacking in  some of the equipment necessary to train for the competition, such as Atlas stones, kegs and the zercher rack for the medley. I enjoy the strongman style training more, I just need to be careful not to pack the size back on if I do it. I know where I was weak last time (stones) so I need to find a way to train for the event without the actual equipment.

The Mendon Mauler on the other hand is more in keeping with my goals of a leaner, faster me. Although I was never exactly a cheetah…..oh well. I am stil doing strength training, and endurance so I have some time if I decide to do both. I am not looking for the land speed record i the run, just a finish and I am comfortable  if that includes a little walking. I think my time goal of under 56 minutes is reasonable give where I am right now.

I will have to put some more thought into it. Maybe it’s time to let go of Strongman. I have already crossed that off the bucket list. I was just hoping to do better this time than last.