Astoundingly, my body fat actually dropped this week, even while gaining 5 pounds, and while I'd loved to duplicate those results every week, there were at least 2 reasons for the misleading results.
One, much of that 5 pounds is just actual food content from yesterday's mini-binge.
The other, more positive reason is that I've upped my weekly workout time dramatically. Since joining the new local Gold's Gym, I've gone to at least one 1-hour class per day, sometimes 2, and actually walk the 2 miles to the gym (and back, for a total of 4 miles) at least a few times per week.
This could be chalked up to early enthusiasm after joining, but I much prefer the group dynamic, just like speed camp (which I still go to every Saturday), so I don't see my interest fading at all.
As for the "reason" for my mini-binge, I'm going to be making a major dietary change for at least a month to see how things go.
I've been toying with the idea of going vegetarian for a long time, but I'd always been worried about getting enough protein to maintain and build muscle.
That's why I was so interested when one of my health/nutritional heroes, Dr. John Berardi, went vegetarian for a month as an experiment himself.
He actually gained weight on the plan, but I still wasn't fully convinced, until only a few weeks later, I came across Brad Pilon's "How Much Protein?" eBook.
He's the same guy who wrote " Eat Stop Eat " (the best introduction and application of intermittent fasting) which I still follow every week, and I really like how he backs everything up with solid science and facts.
I HIGHLY recommend you check out both books and " How Much Protein? " gave me the confidence I need to try out a meatless diet.
I'm hesitant to use the "V" word (vegetarian), because THOSE people have a stereotype of pretentiousness and preaching, but I'll try and avoid that here.
It will be interesting to say the least, as I've been eating between 200 and 300 grams of chicken every day for a LONG time, aside from when I was wired shut for jaw surgery of course.
We'll see how it goes, and I'll start posting updates about it on Geek2Freak as well next week.
I'm going out of town this week, so I've again "justified" relaxing the diet a bit, treating this as my farewell week, just in case this whole meatless thing works out as well as I hope it will and I never look back!
That about raps it up for this week. See you next Sunday and don't forget you can follow my daily updates over at Geek2Freak.com.
Are there any other vegetarians/fitness enthusiasts out there? If so, let me know what the transition was like for you…