2 weeks down – 8 to go

I have a bit of backlogging to do since I didn’t log yesterday. Also I thought I’d take some time to write a bit about how the past two weeks of attempting to cut some fat have been going.

2 Weeks Progress Update:

So far, so good!

I am really really happy with my diet plan — I don’t feel deprived at all and I think it’s working. It has been hard not going out for lunch and dinner as much as I like to, but I am down 5 pounds from 2 weeks ago and I will count that as a small victory 🙂 At this point, I plan on maintaining the same goals and plan for the next 8 weeks unless something happens to make me feel otherwise. I’ll admit, I lost my way a bit diet-wise over the past couple days (getting lazy about measuring portions and snitching extra snacks here and there)  so I gave myself a little extra leeway yesterday to take a mental break from counting calories (though I eventually did count the days calories and realized and I only went over by about 150. Fine with me.). After my day off, I woke up today feeling ready to get back on the wagon!

Conditioning on the other hand has not been such a pleasant/easygoing experience. I’ve come to the realization that I just seriously SUCK at convincing myself to do any sort of exercise that doesn’t involve a barbell. I went on a couple runs during week 1 but this past week I just couldn’t convince myself to do it. As a way of escaping “running” I started doing some heavy conditioning with barbells and think that perhaps that, and the ruck training, is the way I want to move forward. Monday I did a series of Thrusters for my conditioning and today I did “The Bear Complex” and that was super fun! So yeah, fuck running, I just don’t give a shit about that and I’m not going to try to convince myself otherwise. Barbell complexes and 40# weighted walks for me.

Lifting, as usual, has been fucking amazing 🙂 I love it. I set a PR on my front squat yesterday and that was awesome. Excited to see how the next 8 weeks unfolds.

Generally, I have been a little fatigued, but I think that’s to be expected when living/lifting at a calorie deficit. I’ve been trying to get to bed on time to combat this, but that hasn’t been an easy task with my job. Overall though, things have been great and I’m happy to keep pushing forward.

IMG_20130803_161041Progress Shots: Please excuse my messy bedroom
IMG_20130803_161133It’s not a six pack, but I think I see some abs in there somewhere
IMG_20130803_161450Shoulders, not quite capping, but thinking about it 🙂

Friday Aug 2 Log:

Training – Heavy Day B

Front Squats: Worked up to 175×3 (PR) — This was fun because I (up until this programming cycle) almost never attempt heavy front squats. Last time I attempted 155# (maybe in January) I couldn’t even get down to the bottom of my squat with the weight (my abs were so weak), let alone stand up. I’m feeling psyched about my new rock hard tummy, my somewhat heavy front squat, and the fact that I am much more balanced now than I was 6 months ago :)

Overhead Press: Worked up to 70#x3 — Fine.

Deficit Halting Deadlifts: This was just awful — I left feeling slightly defeated by the entire concept of deficit deadlifts… as well as halting deadlifts… and especially the combo of the two. I decided to program these to help with my speed off the ground, but could barely figure out how the hell to pick the bar up even when it was light!(perhaps that’s the point)
Anyway… here it is.
DHD – 135×5
DHD – 185×5
DHD – 225xFail (was planning to do a set of 8 here… but couldn’t even pick it up once!)
*Remove the plate I was standing on and did a set of regular halting deadlifts while I got my head around what I was supposed to be doing with the deficit part of things*
HD – 225×5
*Put the plate back and decided to just suck it up and make this stupid deficit deadlift happen!*
DHD – 225×2 (that’s all I could manage and they probably looked like dog shit)

I think I’ve decided to pull these from my programming since I fear they will hurt my back at some point. I am instead just going to do some heavy singles or triples and not over-think the programming.

Food Log:

Screen Shot 2013-08-03 at 5.36.25 PMOatmeal w/ fresh fruit and 2 eggs has been my new favorite breakfast!

Took the day off from counting/logging — I ate mostly clean but did have some ice-cream at the office for a co-workers going away party 😉

Saturday Aug 3 Log:

Training – Conditioning Day: The Bear!

This was awesome 🙂 I did it for max weight rather than for time and I loved every miserable second of it. My body is burning now and I think I’m gonna be pretty sore tomorrow.

I got up to 75# and held it there for the last two rounds rather than going up. I probably could have gone up but decided to avoid doing something stupid to my already sore shoulders and wrists. I was sweaty and exhausted so no need to get crazy and fuck up next week’s training. Anyway 75# is a PR on this workout, so I’ll take it.

The Bear:
5 rounds of — 7x (Powerclean, Front Squat, Push press, Back Squat, Behind the neck push press)

Round 1: 65#
Round 2: 70#
Round 3: 75#
Round 4: 75#
Round 5: 75#

This wasn’t for time, but it took me about 37 minutes.

Food Log:

Mmmmmm delicious PWO chicken tacos! Might put this recipe up tomorrow. 

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Quaker – Old Fashion’d Oatmeal, 0.5 cup 150 27 3 5
Egg – Medium – Medium Egg, 2 egg 132 0 9 11
Blueberries – Raw, 0.25 cup 21 5 0 0
303 32 12 16
Lunch — Chicken Tacos (see above photo)
Chicken – Breast, meat only, cooked, roasted, 115.0 g 190 0 4 36
Oil – Olive, 1 tsp 40 0 5 0
Tomatoes – Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 1 small whole (2-2/5″ dia) 16 4 0 1
Onions – Raw, 1 tbsp chopped 4 1 0 0
Guerrero – White Corn Tortillas, 3 tortilla 150 30 2 3
Cheese – Cheddar, 1 oz 114 0 9 7
514 35 20 47
Dinner — Home Made Chicken Pizza
Chicken – Breast, meat only, cooked, roasted, 100 g 165 0 4 31
Bel Gioioso – Fresh Mozzarella All-Natural Cheese, 2 oz 140 2 10 10
Homemade – Italian Tomato Sauce, 0.1 cup 12 2 0 0
Wheat flour – Whole-grain, 0.75 cup 305 65 2 12
Oil – Olive, 1 tsp 40 0 5 0
662 69 21 53
Snack 1
Blueberries – Raw, 0.25 cup 21 5 0 0
Fage – Total 0% Non Fat Greek Yogurt (6oz), 6 oz. 100 7 0 18
Fresh – Appricot, 1 piece 17 4 0 1
138 16 0 19
Snack 2
Kraft – Polly-O Natural Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese String – Made With 2% Milk, 2 Stick (28g) 140 0 9 16
140 0 9 16
Totals 1,757 152 62 151
  Calories Carbs Fat Protein

2 thoughts on “2 weeks down – 8 to go

  1. I used to do prowler pushing at my old gym and loved it but I don’t have one now. But perhaps the sled & sandbags will have to come out soon — I forgot about them. I also need to find a 45# slamball!

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