Fitness Journal C3W12D4 (Bye-Bye Creatine)

Thoughts: In the name of accurate cutting stats, I am giving up the GNC Creastack I’ve been taking on weight training days because it causes my weight to fluctuate too much from water retention. I’m sad to see it go since it contained l-glutamine as well as creatine, but I want to know how much of me is actually real muscle vs. artificially water-pumped mass. I might add a plain l-glutamine supplement by itself, but I really hate to spend that kind of money. I only got the GNC stuff because sold it uber-cheap at $15 a bottle (I’m only about halfway through my first bottle, and I’ve had it since August!).

I’m going to miss those “HOLY $#@! are those MY arms?!” moments I’ve had during my bulk following a round of creatine and a day of water chugging.

Those were just about the only times I’ve actually felt like I’ve made some progress towards the Angela Bassett arms goal.


Nutrition (1426 calorie low zigzag menu)
1: Cinnamon raisin bran microwave muffin
2: Oatmeal tuna salad with Romaine, tomatoes, and apple
3: 3/4 c. cottage cheese and 3/4 c. strawberries
4: Chocolate whey and 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal
5: Healthy options from catered dinner
6: 3/4 c. cottage cheese and 3/4 c. strawberries

Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = 1867 / -214 (target -538)
Water: 13 cups
Ratios: 52% carb / 25% protein / 23% fat

8:30 am 2 mile run treadmill/outdoors (6 mph / 20 minutes)
3:00 pm 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 minutes)
10:00 pm steady-state recumbent bike (40 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Had a small piece of carrot cake with dinner last night that I had to count as my carb for meal 6. Sigh. I do love carrot cake so. I must come up with a healthy version ASAP.

Brownie Points:
1. 6 mph is definitely a slow pace for me now. I could probably maintain it for an hour, but really, who actually ENJOYS that kind of tedium?

Short-term Goals:
1. Do the laundry.
2. Make a batch of strawberry crunch bars.
3. Do my tax return–yay!

6 thoughts on “Fitness Journal C3W12D4 (Bye-Bye Creatine)

  1. Hey Maggie:
    What is in your oatmeal tuna salad?
    I also wanted to ask you how your leep procedure turned out after all these months? I had the same thing done at the end of September but they made me wait 3 weeks before I could do ANY cardio or weights. You said that you were back at things the next day!

  2. The oatmeal tuna salad is the “Oatmeal Tuna Snack” recipe from the In2nutrition recipe files I posted a while back. Mix together half a can of tuna, 1/4 c. plain FF yogurt, 1 t. Parmesan cheese, 3 T. dry oatmeal, 1/4 t. celery salt, and a tablespoon of flax oil if you use it, then drop the whole shebang on a huge pile of lettuce and tomatoes. Eat with an apple on the side for a full meal.

    I just had a follow up Pap smear on 2/9 for the LEEP. I had mine around the end of June, and promptly forgot to schedule the follow up work until this year, LOL. I’m still waiting to hear back about the results, but I think I’m fully-recovered. I did ask my GYN about working out after the LEEP–she said I could do some light workouts almost immediately, but to avoid the heavy cardio for a few days. I did take it a bit easy on my LBWO the day following the LEEP, and used the elliptical and bike for cardio instead of running for a week or so I think. This was only about 5 weeks into my first challenge, so I was NOT lifting the kind of weights I am now or running at the same speeds that I currently use.

    I had some VERY irregular periods for about 4 months following the procedure. I’m still not sure if it was the LEEP, my immediate return to working out, or the sudden increase in my activity level that caused it, though.

  3. Hi Maggie, if you have EFL there is a recipe for carrot cake muffins on page 211.
    I haven’t tried them but I’ve heard they are good. If you need the recipe let me know.

  4. Congratulations on your 30th (bit late but better than never).

    Just had a bit of read through your recent posts, didn’t know you were lifting such crazily high weights!

    I can definitely see a difference in your upper body, if only I could persuade a woman I know to train like you, doubtful, even though she is doing weights.

    Are you still bulking?

    If so, what’s the problem with keeping the creatine going if it is actually having an effect?

    I don’t suppose you took any pics of these fabled “super pumps” did you?

  5. Andrea–I tried the EFL carrot cake muffins first thing upon getting my copy of the book. They were…passable. They definitely weren’t satisfying size-wise or flavor-wise considering the amount of trouble they were to make, though! I was crushed. I might try to modify it to make it yummier and less carb-heavy this weekend.

  6. I’m back to cutting, which is why I’m taking a break from creatine for a few weeks at least. I’ve been using it since mid-August, so it might be time to take a break anyhow.

    No pics, alas. It was more of a feeling and a bit of visible size increase, but I’m not lean enough for it to show as a really obvious creatine pump. Maybe in a few weeks when I’m thinner-skinned I’ll load up on the creatine again to see how much of a difference it makes!

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