Maggie’s Anti-Challenge

I’m playing catch-up today. My sister arrived from Boston for a weekend visit right on the heels of my return from vacation, so a lot of things I needed to take care of got pushed aside in the past few days.

Here’s how busy I was this weekend with friends and family: I didn’t even log into WoW ONCE.


I learned my lesson from my last two flirtations with MMO games and just signed up for a month to month subscription this time instead of one of the 3 or 6 month packages. It’s rare these days when my attention span or schedule will allow for more than one to two weeks of obsessive gaming, which is why I prefer standalone games which can be completed in that allotted time frame. Jade Empire is starting to call to me already.

In terms of fitness, I’ve been on cruise control for the past 2 weeks. I haven’t been as tight with the diet and workouts as I should have been, and my lack of motivation has resulted in a temporary halt in progress. When you are not desperately UNhappy with your physical condition or alternately, working toward a specific event, the idea of limiting yourself to 1200-1500 calories a day while working out 6-7 days a week is vastly unappealing after a year.

Maintenance is WAY more satisfying diet-wise than cutting, trust me.


But I do want to reach that magic 15% body fat sometime this year, and the faster I get there, the sooner I can really go into maintenance, so I’m not going to screw around anymore. Full P90X is out until my left elbow issue is resolved. Instead, I will be returning to the SGX workout program of daily LISS cardio M-Sat for 45 minutes per day with resistance training on M, W, F. And, while it isn’t ideal, I am going to knock out the LISS and weights in the same session on those three days in the mornings because I need lunches and evenings to study or get in a second round of LISS or a flexibility workout.

Nutrition will be 40-50% carb/30-40% protein/20-30% fat for meals 1-4 on a training day with meals 5 and 6 following the ratios from SGX. Non-training days will be similar, but I may go 100% SGX on those days if I feel like it. I’m trying to listen to my own hunger signals a bit more these days instead of just feeding on a schedule just because it’s time to eat. Calories will be between 1300-1500 Sun-Fri, with Saturday available for two free meals. Saturday’s total will stay under 2200 calories.

And, just for fun, I may throw in a random week or two of classic BFL workouts and eating just for variety or when I’m under a time crunch.

This is a lot more laid-back than my previous plans, but I think I’m ready for a break from the so-called “Challenge” grind. I just want to eat healthy, exercise with a loose plan, and focus on the other aspects of my life outside of calorie-counting and fat-loss for a while. (Okay, so one of those aspects happens to be studying for PT certification and reading about fat-loss, exercise, and calorie-counting for an hour a day, but that’s beside the point.) I am burned out on the whole challenge mentality at this stage. It is taking all the enjoyment out of nutrition and exercise for me.

So this isn’t going to be a challenge of any kind, official or unofficial. I’m not going to set any specific goals or deadlines. I don’t have an event to shoot for or a burning need to drop 10 lbs. I am just going to DO these healthy things until further notice and see where I end up.

Don’t worry, though. I will still post progress stats and photos every 4 weeks. After all, what else am I going to do with all of my new swimwear?

Nutrition: 1300-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese, 3/4 c. raspberries/cherries
2: 3×1 omelette, 2 c. red spinach, 2/3 c. FF strawberry yogurt
3: 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese, 3/4 c. raspberries/cherries, 2 T. oatmeal
4: Chinese chicken salad, apple
5: 4×2 omelette, 1 c. mixed vegetables
6: Chinese chicken salad, 1 T. natural peanut butter

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum

9:15 PM LISS Cardio – Elliptical (45 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Had two huge free meals this weekend–Sushi buffet Saturday and goodbye dinner for sister Carolyn Sunday night

Brownie Points:
1. Reaffirmed commitment to clean eating this week.
2. 18.0% bf according to Omron
3. Did upper body workout using resistance bands by the pool yesterday instead of just lying around like broiled person-kebab.
4. Planted strawberry seedlings and even remembered to water them daily.
5. Went grocery shopping for produce and staples at the Asian grocery store with my family.
6. Did the dishes.
7. Unpacked suitcase from trip.
8. Made new peanut butter Kashi GoLean Crunch bar with assistance of health food culinary genius sister.

Short-term Goals:
1. Plant veggie seeds.
2. Keep working on P90X forms.
3. Do laundry.
4. Clean bathroom and bedroom.
5. File paperwork.
6. Make a batch of non-dairy bars.
7. Get to salon for hair cut tonight. Too shaggy for words right now. :medusa:
8. Revise daily schedule based on new work hours.

5 thoughts on “Maggie’s Anti-Challenge

  1. Maggie:
    Here’s what you said about eating: “I’m trying to listen to my own hunger signals a bit more these days instead of just feeding on a schedule just because it’s time to eat.”

    BRAV-O! Eating when hungry is a huge departure from the usual hard-core athlete and/or weight lifting mentality. However, it is usually the first big step that a person is encouraged to take when they are reforming bad habits and trying to adopt a life-time of rational/pleasurable eating behaviors. This is usually how I eat, and it lands me around 4-5 meals per day, usually, but they are not spaced out equally. Overall, it has been working well. I just make sure I hit about 1g of protein per pound of LBM and the rest just falls into place.

    Keep it up!

    Final question, do you count your daily flax oil in your total calories, or is it “gratis” because it is a supplement?

    Thank you.


  2. Andrea, thanks for the encouragement. 🙂 I’ve been chafing more and more under the restrictions of the super-strict bodybuilding diet for the past month or so, and really need to find a balance between hardcore and real life now. There have been days when I could have stopped at meal 5 but stuffed down meal 6 anyway just because it was on my plan, and others where I could have really used a seventh meal. I’m still sticking with healthy recipes, reasonable portions, and proper ratios during this experiment, so I’m not concerned about undoing my progress.

    I do actually count the flax oil as part of my daily caloric intake because, let’s face it, 120 extra calories is a bit hard to ignore or discount when I’m trying to cut.

  3. Ok, thanks. So much has been bandied about regarding flax and its magical ability to melt off fat, that I wondered if it was considered a “freebie” by some diet plans. You’re going to do fine with your modifications, I know it.

    Had a great steak salad tonight but then couldn’t leave well enough alone and continued to eat some yummy ice cream. Note to self – NO food in front of TV! 😕 Mmmmm, chocolate… Hehe.


  4. Hey Maggie

    What are you doing for non-dairy homemade bars?

    I hear you on maintenance. It’s much easier to be strick when you are wildly unhappy.

  5. I don’t know how often you pop into my blog(s), but I wanted to drop this link by you:

    I don’t know if you have it yet, but it’s Tom Venuto’s personal pre-contest training blog. He has an incredible sense of humor; I’ve actually caught myself laughing out loud a few times. For some reason after all these years, I still feel silly doing that in front of a computer.

    Heh. Anyways, it’s good stuff!:claplow:

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