Confession time…after some thought, I gave up the fight and ordered a pair of those clearance Asics Gel-Nimbus running shoes from Footlocker.com. After the 30% off, shipping, and sales tax, I got ’em for $21.98, which is not too shabby for $110 shoes! So what if I won’t need them until next year? I just KNOW I’d be kicking myself 12 months from now when all the shoes in my size are at full price if I didn’t get them today. LOL.
Today is my free day in theory, but it’s also a higher calorie day based on my zig zag schedule, so I’m not sure if I should do the extra shakes or not. I’m at home until 8 pm tonight, but then I have an 80’s themed 30th birthday party to attend for my friend and co-worker Amy, and I’m sure it will be all kinds of dessert and no protein at that point. Because of that, I am tempted to just keep up with my higher calorie plan to make sure I get in my protein now. Also, zigzagging calories really seems to take the edge off of my free day cravings. Because I get extra treats (yummy PB chocolate banana shakes) every other day, free day just doesn’t seem to be as urgent, but my total caloric deficit for the week is the same! I think I’m going to really enjoy this. 🙂
In other news, I’m SO sniffly this week. I don’t know if it’s a cold or allergies, but since I never get nasal allergies, I’m thinking I really did catch something the other week. I almost want to do some running just to clear out my breathing passages so I won’t sound awful at karaoke tonight.
I’ve also examined my goals for this next challenge, and since I really want to gain 2-3 lbs of muscle, I think I’ll have to keep my average calories closer to the 1500-1600 range rather than 1400-1500. I lost 2 lbs of lean mass along with 7 lbs of fat in my first challenge when I was averaging 1350-1500. The Hussman site’s calculator says that my fat loss range is 1100-1510, while my muscle gain range is 1640-2190. My daily calorie burn is between 1794-2060; I’m leaning toward the lower figure because my job is VERY sedentary. If I didn’t have to get up to get my BFL snacks every 2.5 hours or use the restroom, I’d barely move all day!
Today’s Nutrition: (1700 calorie high day)
1: 1/2 c Honey Bunches of Oats cereal + 1/4 c Raisin Brain with vanilla whey in water
2: Half portion of chicken with one BFL choco cupcake
3: 3×1 veggie omelette with spinach (PB banana shake)
4: Chicken w/ broccoli and slice of rye toast (Banana berry smoothie)
5: Free meal
6: Cottage cheese and grapes
Multivitamin, Calcium 500+D, ~2 T. safflower oil used in shakes and 4
Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1361 / -358 (target -437)
Water: 12 cups
Ratios: 41% carb/ 40% protein / 19% fat
10 am: Full LBWO (I never got around to finishing yesterday)
5 pm: NYC ballet workout tape (about to do this now!)
The Awful Truth:
1. Ate 7 crispy M&Ms
2. Didn’t do the rest of my planned LBWO. No more required workouts in the evenings! I don’t have the will to do them.
1. Stayed on plan for the most part, despite feeling a bit hungry after a high day.
2. Got to bed early.
3. Fixed my blog site on the new server.
Short-term Goals (Same as yesterday, alas):
1. Alter my gray pin-stripe pants. (Waist/hip needs to be taken in by 2″)
2. Fix the guestbook and store of my primary website.
3. Fix the PHP gallery script on my multi-artist community site.
4. REALLY send in my completion packet…still need to get my pics developed.
5. Take my new “Before” photos for Round 6 and the bonus challenge