3/7/08 Log: It’s all about the eats

Still hanging at 140.6 today, but my top 4 abs are coming out more each day and I look leaner all around while still muscular and strong. My legs and glutes are sore from Wednesday, and I opted to do Yoga for Athletes this AM instead of TT or HHA. I tried a warmup set of deadifts but my lower back wasn’t awake enough to perform them safely at a challenging weight. I may end up swapping Friday’s TT/intervals workout with Saturday’s intervals/HHA workout depending on how late I have to work tonight. My gym closes early at 9 pm on Fridays.

I thought the week went by fast! I have been so busy that it’s just a blur of sleep, exercise, eating, driving, and work work work. I look forward to having some downtime this weekend to garden and work more on my wardrobe contest pieces. The challenge will be to stick to SGX meals without the structure and limited pantry access provided by the work day. I’ve been very consistent this week with food, coming in at 1530-1560 each day and following the macronutrient ratios in the plan carefully. I think that 139 lbs and 20% bf is doable by Monday if I can just keep it up through the weekend.

No more Sunday pancake brunches for me until this challenge is over.

The sad truth is that, for me, this challenge will have to be won by diet more than exercise. I can exercise until I collapse, but my body is so efficient at maintaining homeostasis even at high, intense activity levels that I see no progress at all unless I hit the nutrition just as hard as my lifts and intervals. That’s just one of the side effects of being:

A) female (our bodies don’t like to give up fat because we are designed to incubate babies for 9 months through feast or famine), and

B) physically fit (what’s impossibly strenuous for a sedentary person is just a vanilla workout for our bodies).

My 100% ban on “cleanish” trigger foods for the rest of this challenge has already saved me from cheating more than 5 times this week. I’ve looked at the trail mix jar, the box of Kashi Go Lean Crunch in the pantry, DH’s evening bowl of popcorn, the mint choco chip ice cream, and the deli meat drawer so many times this week, but since they are all completely off limits until I hit goal (even on cheat meal days), I didn’t touch any of them.

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WORKOUT
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– Yoga for Athletes (20 min)
– HHA Fat Burning Cardio (30 min)
– Either TT Mass Fusion Workout C + Bodyweight intervals, OR just the bodyweight or bike intervals

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NUTRITION
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SGX menu (Meals 5 and 6 will be determined by which workouts I choose to do

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