My weight has fluctuated the past couple of weeks, for those of you keeping score at home. I never did go truly ketogenic for more than a few days. Then I had a five day stretch with increased workload in the gym (training clients), and some additional high-glycemic carbs (crap). Meaning, two nights I enjoyed some popcorn. One night I also had ice cream (low fat protein ice cream, but still). Oh, and I had three bottles of wine over the course of the week. My starch eating went up a little bit, too.
Weight-training went ok, but I remained hobbled by my sciatic nerve issues and pain, continuing my protocol of no lower-body exercises. For several weeks now I've only put myself through repeat bodybuilding-style sessions. Push - pull. Overhead press coupled with pullups and prowler pushes. Bicep and tricep workouts. On and on. I enjoy these sessions, and they're a bit of a nice change of pace, but dammit, I can't squat or deadlft or clean!
I broke down and saw the spine doc, the same guy who successfully injected my spine five years ago. I wanted that magic again. Of course he won't do a thing without a new MRI. Makes sense. But a week and 1/2 has passed and the MRI isn't even scheduled yet! No action on the part of the insurance company. They haven' said no, but they don't say yes. The crazy thing is, my sciatic nerve pain is decreasing by the day (thank you, 12 iboprofin each day), and I'm now at the point where if/when they call, I don't feel there's any point in having the MRI now, 'cause I'd prefer not to have the injection if I don't need it.
Hopefully I'll continue to improve. I'd like to begin some light back squatting next week. Yesterday I put myself through an entire half hour of leg extensions and leg curls (seated). Didn't light up my sciatic at all. Fingers crossed.
Today during meal prep I changed it up a bit and added chicken hot dogs (gasp! hot dogs?) to my vegetables. I'm working on doing a better job of eating smaller meals more often. This crazy work schedule the last two weeks has messed up my eating, but that's my fault.
Listening to Mark Bell's podcast this week, IFBB pro bodybuilder Jon Andersen was the guest. He's an interesting guy, used to be a professional strongman, then a WWE wrestler, now a giant bodybuilder (he was recently competing onstage at 279#, which is ridiculously big for someone in low single digit bodyfat condition). Anyways, he eats a lot, to put it simply. And he's a longtime ketogenic athlete, so I found him worth listening to, and quite entertaining. Get this: he eats ten pounds of chicken daily! Yup, 10-12 small meals. Once a week, for a treat, he adds a handful of Quest Bars to one day of meals! The dude puts in the calories! Andersen says the magic to building muscle and getting or remaining lean is to stoke the fat-burning fires with many small meals. I'm still wrapping my head around ten pounds of chicken each day. They shop at Costco, needless to say.
Weight crept up to 180# but I feel I've added muscle to my upper body. Not bursting any seams yet, but pretty full. I feel strong.
Remember, eat more vegetables, consume more protein, let the carbs in at the end if at all.