As you know I have been taking a quick break from blogging on the site due to a new opportunity. It was imperative for my family that I take the gig, which is a huge change for me to be perfectly honest. I have a lot to learn about this new gig and I’m eager to do well at it.
Of course, in the past a change like this meant one thing. I gain weight. I would stress out and stress eat, and I would slowly descend into a spiral of fast food fat festivals.
However, a lot has changed for me to be frank. I have been at this now for almost six months, and while I’m not as successful as many other Slow Carbers in the weight loss department, I’m committed to changing my life. So, this week I battled the chaotic schedule with trying to eat well. I ran into some problems.
I didn’t drink enough water. I didn’t supplement. I didn’t WORK OUT at all. I didn’t commit to eating 30gs of Protein in the morning. The only things I stuck to were the base tenants of slow carb, which is no white carbs and no fruit.
So, what was the result? I lost about .2 lbs. And very minimal changes in my measurements. But this, friends, is a victory for me. I did not GAIN the weight I thought I would. I even lost a little fraction of a pound. This is very encouraging to me. Very encouraging. This means I have finally found new ways to deal with stress. New ways to cope, new ways to take care of myself. Very cool.
I’m experiencing a massive amount of personal changes off the site that are all incredibly positive, but there are a lot of them. This means I may not post as frequently for the next few weeks as I figure out how to actually make all of this work together. Also, it’s another opportunity to STRESS TEST all my fitness and nutrition regiments to make sure I don’t break down. My road is long, as you know. These types of changes will come and I’m going to learn how to make them happen without falling back into a routine of Fast Food Drive Ins and feeling like crap.
Due to conflicts the previous weekend we did not work out together. That’s okay, we were going to come back strong this weekend as a group. We’re only group training once a week, and doing our own things the rest of the week. Since we all live in various parts of Los Angeles County, logistically we cannot work out together. This was our third week in, and our 2nd day, which to be honest, I did not think was happening. I mis-read Nate’s FB message, and due to that, Jesse and I decided to push the training. I was okay with it, as I’d had another long week.
Cut to 6:55am and a knock at my door. I fell (yes actually fell) out of my bed, rolled to my knees and stalked to the front door to punch the jack ass who was going to try and sell me aluminum siding for my house at 7am in the morning. There at the door stood Nate with a smile and his exercise mat.
ME: Oh, you’re here.
N: Yeah, aren’t we doing this?
ME: I guess so.
Ten minutes later, I was on the driveway pulling out gear for the work out. Fun fact about Mick, I have to brush my teeth before a morning workout or I am distracted the entire time. Here was our routine today:
- Alternating Wide Grip / Close Grip Lat Pull Downs w/ Bands (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Plyo Heavy Rope Drill (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Sledge Hammer to Tire (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Kettle Bell Swings (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Pendulum Lunges (They suck) (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Kettle Bell Snatches (one arm) (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Crow Push Ups (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Stability Ball Crunches (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Reverse Grip Curls w/ Bands (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Medicine Ball Vertical Push (this really sucked, and I had only seen it never done it) (Max reps in 60 Seconds)
- Wind Sprints: 2 x 20 yards, 2 x 40 yards, 2 x 20 yards, 2 x 40 yards
We made it to the 2nd to last exercise in the last rotation and then someone threw up. I am not going to say who it was, but it was not me. So, you do the math. In some ways I was proud of it. This workout really was challenging. I was struggling through most of it. Nate is a world class sprinter. I mean on the 40 yard dashes he was done as I crossed the 20 yard mark. He’s a freaking jet. And I have to say wind sprints were a nice break up addition to the work out. They really burned us out and made the 2nd time through the exercises so much more difficult. Next week, less stacked exercises and more long distance running.
Success on the scale always makes you feel a bit better. However, I have to say that what was more important to me this week was NOT weighing in last Saturday, and learning to live without a ‘deadline’ over my head. Month 5 has come and gone, and Months 4 and 5 have been an absolute struggle for me. The first three months were a virtual honeymoon for slow carb with 19 lbs lost, and tons of inches. More inches came off in months 4 and 5, but I struggled to break a plateau and in 8 weeks, I only have lost 6 lbs. That’s discouraging for someone who wants to lose weight. Why did it all stop working?
It stopped working because I became obsessed with working out again, in a healthy way, but I pushed way too hard on myself. I went to six days a week, and while I saw definite plummets in body fat and inches, I paid a price. A) I felt perpetually sore and exhausted B) I was emotionally miserable C) I stopped losing pounds. I have a month to make up for it in this quarter of my year long journey, but in the end, I had to adjust. I look at months four and five as my months of experimentation with my new world of fitness.
Taking the ‘week’ off of results (not a week of slow carb) really helped me gain an ease with this program I haven’t really had. I had up until last week really attacked Slow Carb with fervor. Like a Zealot on a Holy War to convert the masses to the way of beans and cottage cheese. But, without that looming threat of a weigh in, I just lived my life based on the lessons I have learned. I didn’t push myself to eat well because I wanted a solid weigh in. I simply just ate slow carb and enjoyed it. I cut back on beans and used one meal to focus on proteins and massive veggies. I slimmed back on protein intake. I was up to 150 grams, I’ve pulled back to around 125 grams. These changes though occurred naturally. I didn’t stress about them, I just let them happen. However, I didn’t simply give up Slow Carb, I stayed on track. I exercised per my new goals, and just lived my new life.
Here are the results:
- Height: 5’10″ (this is only still here because I cut and paste)
- Weight 280 (down 1lbs)
- Chest 50.5″ (up 1″)
- Waist 51″ (up 1.5″)
- Hips 44.5″ (up .5″)
- Biceps 16.5 ″ (no change″)
- Thighs 27.75″ (up .25″)
- Neck 17″ (no change)
Now all my measurements pretty much either stayed the same or went up. I’m not really worried about it. I had had such drastic drops that I realized I had to give some of them back, and that I would probably not see another big drop for another 10lbs of fat. Right, now I feel good. I feel healthy, and I feel happy. I am at the right place, and the weight started to come off. I am okay with this week of results. Next week, I break the 280 mark and I start my journey to break the 270’s mark. That’s my new short term goal for the week and the month. And I’m completely calm about it.
Do I look like a speed skater?
This was my response when our trainer informed me that we were doing a work out inspired by Apollo Ono’s training regiment for the L.A. Marathon. I just thought you ran to train for a marathon, but apparently this guy does a bunch of off balance, planky, fall off a stability ball, don’t you feel like a clutz now? Kind of stuff. For example, take a stability ball. Now kneel on the ball and make sure you don’t fall. Guess how well this worked for me? Results were not graceful.
However, a good work out should be in fact challenging and that is exactly what this whacky off balance training routine was. It was challenging. It was one of those days where you don’t totally feel it mid-workout, but you will the next day because you ended up working out some whacky muscles that you usually never touch upon. Some of the things we did today were exercises I never had tried but read about, and always thought… oh, that’s not for me. But today we tried it. It is good to throw yourself off kilter every once and a while. Also, today was only my 2nd day working out this week (yeah, I know). So, it was good to work out from a place where I didn’t feel 100% exhausted. All in all, good day.
Hey, folks! Episode 6 of the awesome and provocative (yes, I said provocative) podcast for Slow Carb Fanatics is up and ready for your consumption! Check this thing out as you prep for your end of the week and going into your cheat
I wrote this article for Jason over a Finding my Fitness. I met Jason through Twitter as I got into this #4HB stuff. He’s a super nice guy with a real passion for talking about the process of finding your Fit Self. Check out his blog when you get a chance.
The article is a part of discussing how three guys with similar situation are approaching their fitness goals. Mike Stenger also has contributed to the series. So, if you are interested go on over and check it out yo!
I wrote this article a little while back, so it is interesting to see where I was at before my recent string of struggles and frustrations. Be the judge for yourself and check it out!