Day Six – 90 Day Fitness Diary

Oh, I am a bad boy. I was able to go without any significant sugar other than the entire pumpkin pie I ate yesterday, that my neighbor gave me as a present. That is what I get for helping out a neighbor, a gut. 🙂

I have been eating a bit better over the past week but it is clear that I am going to have to really cut down over the next 90 days if I am going to cut the 15 lbs and gain muscle.

Today, I was checking out kettlebell options. Not the metal kind. I’m looking for possibly liquid or sand options so I can adjust them as I get stronger or if I am having a tired day. I also need to get my workout system functional. I put it together last year but I haven’t been able to get the power going. I suppose I will have to junk it if I can’t get the power going.

My exercise over the past six days has been mostly walking around the neighborhood, throwing a stick for Hershey and going up and down stairs. Not really calorie burning.

After watching a video in which a guy was saying that working out typically just burns the carbs that are stored in the blood and then they are replenished when we eat, I was thinking that I have to keep that in mind after I work out. If I don’t eat a lot of carbs for a few hours after working out, my body will go to the storage to get what it needs for energy and to repair itself.

I need to keep my energy levels in mind though, literally, because my brain needs energy and the brain uses quite a bit of energy. That fact is why I’ve found myself craving food when I’m hungry and can’t seem to get focused. Too much food though and I’ll see a quick noticeable difference in my energy levels.

A good plan would be to have maybe 6-10 ounces of food + 6-10 ounces of liquid every 3-4 hours. That way, I am giving my body enough to supply regular energy, not get tired, provide the necessary fluid to keep properly hydrated and if I end up working out or getting a large amount of exercise my body will go after those reserves.

I really need to find a good meal planning solution because I have tried that but haven’t come up with something that works for me. So, I often eat more than I should and that is definitely not good. I find it extremely difficult to not finish a can of something, especially if it is really good and sitting a room away. I cannot buy junk food because it will be gone in a couple of days.

Some of the items I should probably cut out of my diet include: chocolate almond milk. The extra sugar is definitely not something I should be drinking. I feel like I am drinking a sundae every morning.

Cutting out sweets altogether makes the most sense but, for now, will just make a conscious effort to limit them to the morning when I can burn them off before sleeping.

In summary:

  1. need meal planning; 6-10 oz of food + 6-10 oz of liquid every 3-4 hrs.
  2. restrict sweets to morning only.
  3. stop drinking chocolate almond milk.
  4. limit carbs or excessive food intake for 3-4 hrs after workout.

Gary

I grew up in Baltimore and currently live in the Rodgers Forge community just north of Baltimore City.

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