Today was the Back & Biceps workout and as always it just smashes both your back and biceps! But today what really crushed me was AB RIPPER X!!! By the time I finished up Back & Biceps I was pretty whipped out. The strip down sets at the end had my arms just dangling at my sides barely able to move. So, I went into ARX tired. I paused a little longer than usual, gave myself a pep talk, hit the play button, and Brought It! I knew it was going to be a struggle when I was starting to feel the pain around rep 15 of Crunchy Frogs. Then came my old favorite Fifer Scissors and I told myself that I was going to make it through this no matter what. And I did, barely, I actually gagged a little on about rep 23 -- not fun! For the first time in a few weeks I made it though both oblique raises without a minor pause and it hurt too! I climbed both legs relatively easily and then came the Mason Twists. I have been doing well with this exercise but have been unable to do the bonus 10 reps at the end. Well, I am proud to report that I did it today and my abs are still barking like dogs 2 hours later!!!
My food intake was a little erratic today. I started out the morning good 3 scoops of whey protein and water then had a protein bar for a snack. Then I had a couple of appointments run long and didn't have time to eat lunch so I had another protein bar around 12:30 while driving. Around 3;30 things settled down a little and I stopped at a store and picked up some sushi (protein,protein,protein). So, I basically just swapped lunch and the afternoon snack. No big deal. And for dinner tonight I grilled up some more Tilapia (which I love!) with a whole plate of veggies and added a few more calories and protein with an Atkins Protein Drink.
If you are behind on my posts you are probably thinking, "Damn, that is a lot of protein and not enough carbs?" You would be right. I am intentionally cutting out the carbs for a couple of weeks to drop a few pounds in my belly. It has now been 4 days since I have been on the low carb kick and I have already lost 3lbs (164lbs to 161lbs). As you can see, I am still consuming 2500+ calories per day but just about 10-15% of them are carbs! My energy level is still pretty high but I do expect in 5-7 days (if not sooner) that I will probably BONK! When this happens I will add some carbs back into the diet but until then I think the weight is going to be flying off! I find myself laughing about losing more weight because I am already lighter than I have been since I was a teenager.
Tomorrow is Yoga X and I am actually looking forward to it (If I say that enough maybe I will actually start to believe it (-:).