Week 2 Update: No News is Good News... for now

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I'm two weeks into the new nutrition approach now
...and it's been pretty anticlimactic. Which is good.

I am a big believer in slow & steady wins the race (maybe because I'm a slow runner??) but especially when it comes to weight loss and nutrition changes, I feel a little bit uncomfortable when people drop significant weight or significant body fat at a super rapid rate.
I don't think that's sustainable. 

I would much rather have myself, my friends, my family, my clients, make small changes over time so that we can really adapt at a healthy pace for our bodies and we're not confusing our systems too much!

Healthy living is a lifestyle, not a fad. And to go along with any of the "quick fixes" on the market just doesn't jive with long term results.

SO-- When I noticed pretty nominal changes this week, I didn't feel disappointed at all... I felt pretty satisfied honestly.

I've been at the same weight and body fat percentage for months, I've taken in about the same amount of calories every day for months, and I've seen no changes.
Knowing that my system is adjusting and keeping it's own internal equilibrium in line is comforting to me.
After the first month of this new timing, I plan to adjust the actual food that I'm putting in... but not before that.
First, because of my aforementioned tendency to make changes slowly over time... and Second, because we're going to Napa in a couple of weeks and LAWD KNOWS I plan to drink all the wine and eat all the cheese and dip all the bread ;)

...gotta have a little fun every now and again, right?

So, on to the specifics of what's been goin down this week!

1. HUNGER
   I've had more hungry feelings in the morning time this week than I did in the previous couple of weeks. But it's interesting because where those hunger pangs used to be followed by a headache, foggy mind, crappy mood, and other physical changes-- that's not happening! I drink some water and continue doing whatever it was that I was doing before :)
  I've been happy for meal times, and have been mostly keeping my food "normal," which for me is lower carb, higher fat, and a fair amount of protein.
  I'm starting each day with my faaaaavorite super food shake, Cafe Latte Shakeology! That way, I know that I've gotten my healthiest meal of the day down the hatch and that can be fueling and refurbishing my muscles while I cook up my next actual meal.
  It use to make me feel sick to drink Shakeo on an empty stomach, but it's been the perfect post workout drink!


2. THIRST
   This is back to normal... thank goodness! Woah that first week was crazy!
Because I'm not eating until about 11 am or 12 pm (I push it back if I know that we are going to have a late dinner or if we had a late dinner the night before) it gives me plenty of time to get my water in first thing! I have been drinking about 1/2 a gallon before I even workout!

3. SLEEP
   Still not sleeping at 100%.... but I think that has more to do with other life circumstances than this particular change. Like the train horn that has been waking me up at 4 am the past few mornings... ahhhhhh!!!


4. WEIGHT & BODY FAT
   Still no change in this department... which is fine! When starting a new workout program it's pretty common to actually gain some weight from your muscles hanging onto extra water and acid for protection. And after the beating I took from THE BEAST last week, I'm surprised that the scale didn't go up!
  I would like to see some body fat losses by the end of the month, but I'm just going to focus on doing what I know is healthy for now and reevaluate the nutrition side at the 4 week mark :)


5. WORKOUTS
   OH MY LANTA! Body Beast is rocking my world right now! I had to add in an extra recovery day last week (I stayed active, but had to postpone the next workout) because I was SO sore! This is the first time that I have done serious, structured, classic lifting in quiiiiiiiite some time (like maybe a year!) so I know that most of it is just from being out of the habit. If it continues I may consider adding in an extra evening recovery shake. But I think that as long as I'm getting good nutrition throughout the day, it should be fine :)
   I need to learn about how people do extended cardio while following this plan. Yesterday I ran about 6 miles and completely crashed in the afternoon. I felt awful. It only lasted for a couple of hours, and I'm not sure if it was totally from the run... but these bodies are a strange machine. I definitely need to learn how to time food around a long morning run for the future!


SO far, SO good! 

If you're wondering about anything else, feel free to ask!
I'm sharing these updates with you so that you can have a resource of what to potentially expect if you consider making a similar change... but also mostly so that I don't forget :)


Stay Healthy, Stay Happy! 
-B

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