Thoughts: It’s been very difficult for me to shift gears mentally from bulking on BFL ratios to cutting on SGX ratios. The eating patterns were so different from the BFL standard that I’ve been following since last May that it forced me to pay very strict attention to every bite that I ate, something I haven’t had to do since my first few weeks of BFL. I’d gotten used to 40/40/20 and knew how much of each macro to look for in each of my meals, whether I was cutting or bulking. BFL was easy because it was automatic for me.
Switching to SGX has reminded me that my first 4 weeks of BFL eating weren’t exactly a piece of cake either. I struggled to get my ratios and calories right for nearly three weeks when I started out because I was coming from a very high carb Asian diet and simply wasn’t able to get in enough protein until I got over my cottage cheese phobia and picked up a canister of whey protein. I also hadn’t compiled all of those recipes from In2nutrition yet, either.
So now I’ve hit the 4 week mark with SGX, and as before with BFL, I’m finally psychologically ready to embrace this new way of eating. As with BFL, it’s been a period of trial and error as I revise my menu, tossing out the familiar favorites and finding new ones. Armed with a box of sugar free Jello every day and a selection of sweetened shakes, I am prepared to tackle the last 8 weeks of this challenge. I am also giving myself license to munch on low cal fruits like strawberries or plums if I feel the need. In my opinion, a 36 calorie splurge on a plum is still way better than inhaling a handful of snack size Twix from the recently-restocked candy bucket at work.
On the workout front, I am sticking to the SGX plan as much as possible, but I’ve decided that if I feel like running for 10 minutes or so during my daily cardio, I’m just going to do it instead of plodding along and resenting the restriction in my activity.
As far as progress pics go, dang it, the ex-bf finally asked for his tripod back, so I’ll have to figure out a way to set up my digicam on a counter top or bookshelf to take my pics. I think I have a cheesy little mini tripod with bendy wire legs somewhere in my closet. I’ll dig around tonight and see if I can find it.
Nutrition: SGX Training Day eating pattern
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Regular (Non-SGX) Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D
Water for yesterday: 18 cups
12:00 PM Upper body/chest emphasis workout
8:00 AM Steady-state treadmill (4 mph / 7-10% incline / 30 minutes)
8:25 AM Steady-state treadmill (6 mph / 0% incline / 15 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Had a Luna bar around midnight last night. Oh well…could have been worse.
1. Finally realized that the key to SGX is to stop constantly comparing it to BFL.
2. Planned workouts complete for the day.
1. Fold the mountain of laundry on my bed.
2. Come up with a leisure time exercise DVD rotation.