I BROUGHT IT this AM with an outdoor interval sprint run! 🙂
(TT Ultimate Mass lower body weights, stationary bike intervals, and Hip Hop Abs Total Body Burn are scheduled for tonight.)
Food was on target yesterday, thank goodness, so this morning’s weigh-in showed a 2 lb water drop to 141.6 after a week and a half of rest from heavy lifting and only sporadic bouts of light exercise. I think 140 is a reasonable target for next Monday’s weigh-in, and 132-134 will be my goal for March 30, the end of my TT challenge. Since my eDiets Eating for Life meal plan is still set too high at 285-350 calories per meal (x 6 meals/day) thanks to the site’s amateurishly botched update last week, and I’m sort of tired of coming up with my own nutrition plan at the moment, I’m trying out the Six Day Slim Down (5 meals/day) plan that came with the Hip Hop Abs dvds for the next, well, 6 days, with the caveat that on weight lifting days I will get to have a sixth meal that is higher in carbs. The meal plan seems to be very low carb and probably no more than 1200 calories per day, and I just can’t lift heavy with proper intensity when I go that low in both calories and carbs.
Next Monday I’ll switch to a more formal Precision Nutrition/Swolegenix-based plan that works in some carb-cycling. I need to set aside some time this weekend to browse through my copy of the Gourmet Nutrition cookbook and build my menu of “anytime” (protein/fat/veggie) and post-workout (protein/carb/veggie) meals before I hit the grocery store. I think that strict PN will most likely be tough for me since I am a bona fide carb burner whose energy levels are severely impacted by carb restriction, but I need to accelerate the fat loss ASAP from the diet side of the house if I want to win the TT contest. There are too many other newbie competitors who started a lot bigger and significantly more out of shape than me who are doing well, so my transformation has to be pretty much from fit and slightly fluffy to Oxygen photo shoot-ready if I want to have any shot at the top three prizes of $500, $1000, and $2000.
I am still clearing up the last vestiges of last week’s head cold, so I’m finding it very tough to get up at 5 AM for workouts. I think I will have to push my workout start time out to 6 AM to give myself enough recovery sleep time until I am completely over this virus.
On the non-fat loss front, I still haven’t gotten those 8 tomato and pepper plants in the ground, but I saw a weather forecast for a cool night in the 30s Wednesday, so I am holding off on planting until Thursday. I’m also starting about 72 peat pellets worth of seeds, both veggies and ornamentals, for planting in about 4-8 weeks. 2007 was more or less a wash for me with gardening, but I am ready to face the challenges of growing my own cheap veggies again in 2008.
Let’s just hope that the tomato hornworm invasion of 2006 is not repeated.
– Interval Run (15 min)
– TT Ultimate Mass B (40 min)
– Interval Bike Sprints (18 min)
– HHA Total Body Burn (30 min)
M1: 3 egg whites/1 whole egg omelette with 1/2 c. spinach and 1 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese
M2: 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 T. cocoa, 1/2 c. light soy milk
M3: 4 oz. shrimp, 3 c. Romaine/spinach salad, 10 almonds, 2 T. low fat Asian sesame ginger dressing
M4: 5 almonds, 3/4 c. FF yogurt, 1/2 c. strawberries
M5: 4 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. brussels sprouts
M6: (PWO) 2 Granola chocolate chip protein cookies (whee!)