Another week of fairly careful eating and experimentation is in the books. Turns out I weighed a bit more than I thought. When I thought I was in the 179-181 range, the true number was in the 183-184 area. Who would have thought an old scale, one I moved all over the house to use, would be innacurate?
Solution: new scale! Accurate, featuring a larger, easier-to-read display. And it's kept in one place. Over the course of this week my bodyweight has slowly, consistently gone down. I've been 181 for a few days now. What's even more interesting is my body fat is clearly diminishing.
How is this happening? Very low carb, basically, with moderate fat and logical protein levels. Most days I'm using no more than two tablespoons of coconut oil all day; this is a big change from the last few years of gobs of coconut oil daily. In my shakes, a couple tablespoons in each pan of food, butter in my coffee, sometimes butter and coconut oil in the vegetables.
My protein level remains fairly constant, in the 175-195 range. If I ate more meals daily I'd jack the protein up a bit. Some days the fat is higher; I grilled brats last weekend and had some left over, so a few times this week I've cut up brat into little pieces with kitchen scissors, adding it to scrambled eggs/vegetables. Nice change of pace for my taste buds.
Some days this week I splurged with starchy carbs, and added a half cup of either white rice or potatoes to my pre-and post-workout meals. If I was heading for CrossFit I added the half cup of potatoes or rice both before and after. If my workout was weight-training bodybuilding-style, no carbs before the gym.
But overall I've been lowering carbs. Today is a good example of how the week and been playing out. Breakfast was a chicken breast cut into pieces, in a pan with a half tablespoon coconut oil, and a cup of mixed vegetables (my sauteed mix - the usual). The next meal was a shake, consisting of two scoops of whey protein, a half scoop of FiberLyze, and a quarter cup of berries.
Early afternoon found me eating three chicken meat sticks from my local butcher, Jacob's Meat Market. In a pan with another half tablespoon of coconut oil was more vegetables, a cut-up brat, and three scrambled eggs. That was pre-workout.
CrossFit tonight was intense, enjoyable, with plenty of barbell movement. My kind of workout. Immediate post-workout, in the car driving home, was a shake of Progenex Amplitude (creatine peptides), Progenex More Muscle (two scoops), a scoop of Gaspari BCAA, and 36 delightful grams of Species' CarboLyze. This delicious carb mixes readily and tastes great in a shake. The CarboLyze are my only non-vegetable carbs today, other than the small amount in the berries earlier in the day.
Dinner was simple and tasty: another chicken breast, cut into the same pan as this morning, with the identical amount of coconut oil. Another cup of vegetables, a sprinkle of sliced jalapeno peppers for bite. Warm thoroughly. In a bowl, add a big whopping amount of guacamole! Probably a half cup, mixed in. Awesome!
And no wine. I've thought about wine all day, have gone all week without, and decided tonight would go by ok without any. I know, for years I've told clients a glass or so in the evening was fine. Hell, I've written it a dozen times, and do believe it to be so. But there's no getting around the science, showing that alcohol disrupts the metabolizing of food, and increases body fat storage. It is what it is. So, one day at a time, while I'm experimenting with myself (turns out physically and emotionally), I'll cut out wine, as much as I love it, when possible. Thanks, Mike Doehla and Anne Hoffman, for the example and inspiration.
Here's my plan: wine tomorrow night! Get my weight down as close to 175 as possible, without losing muscle (I think I've been successful so far), hopefully within two weeks, and remain at 175 for a week or two. Then: ketogenic dieting!