Wednesday, September 3, 2008

NROL - Week 5 - Wednesday

More cleaning today. I think I'll be able to finish up tomorrow, so maybe I'll throw in some cardio Friday and Saturday, maybe even Sunday if I'm feeling froggy. Then again, I just reread the plan of attack for the next NROL phase - 4 days a week of lifting. Maybe I'll rest up. I'm scared of the Fat Loss I plan LOL! Ok, wait, I'm really confused by this book. I guess you can work out 2, 3, or 4 times per week, but not more than 2 days in a row, and once you finish the 12 workouts in Fat Loss I, that's it. Move on. Well, if that's the case, I'll do the 3 times a week as I originally planned!

I decided not to shampoo the carpets, so I'm done with house cleaning. I'm going to be a slug tomorrow! My body aches.

Low calorie day - too low, but I got too busy to eat.

8:15 AM - coffee w/ cream & Splenda

8:45 AM - apple & cottage cheese; eaten at desk; I'm not interested in food today.

9:45 AM - coffee w/ cream & Splenda

11:05 AM - homemade protein shake, Cheerios w/ milk; eaten on couch

5:20 PM - mozzarella string cheese; eaten in kitchen while dinner cooks; I got so busy cleaning that I didn't eat.

6:00 PM - round steak, broccoli; eaten at dinner table; it was quite filling and I ate slowly

Calories - 1097
Carbs - 85 (13 fiber)
Protein - 106
Fat - 41
C/P/F Ratio - 30/37.3/32.7



Hi Becky

You do regular new rules of lifting right? Not New Rules of Lifting for Women?

Just curious!

Hayley said...

Do you mind if I put a link from my page over to yours? I'll go ahead and add it now and if you prefer that I not have it there please email me and let me know! :)

Hayley said...

I also forgot to ask - have you ever actually done the Body For Life program? Just curious! :)

Becky said...

Joy - yes, I do the regular NROL and not the one for women.

Hayley - feel free to add a link! And yes, I did my first BFL challenge last year. If you go all the way to the beginning of this blog (August 2007), that is when I started blogging. I did one complete challenge (I even entered officially), then did 7 weeks of a second challenge before getting the flu.

I know I need to change the title of my blog but haven't come up with anything I like yet LOL

Becky said...

To clarify, I started this blog when I started my first BFL challenge. Obviously, I started blogging at the beginning of this blog LOL

Hayley said...

Becky - that is so weird!! I started my first BFL challenge in Aug 2007, too! What made you decide to switch eating methods? Just that it wasn't working as well for you or doing lower carbs works better?

By the way, I agree with what you posted on my blog. I truly believe there are certain foods that are just NOT POSSIBLE to "legalize." How the heck do you limit Wheat Thins, Cheezits, chips and foods that are not pre-portioned? Am I really supposed to believe that 16 Wheat Thins will satisfy me? Along with 1 mini Mars bar or something?

I had a discussion with my best friend one time who is a "normal eater" and she said that she'd let herself eat the entire box of crackers/chips/chocolate if she could, and she WANTS to, but she just has to stop herself because she knows she'll get sick or feel bad afterwards (plus gain weight). So is that generally what we're supposed to do? Because I do not for one second believe (and my best friend agreed with me on this) that one piece of chocolate satisfies a craving.

Do you think people who are bingers have different brain chemistry than normal eaters?

Sorry this is so long...yikes!

Becky said...

Hayley - I don't know that I've really changed my eating all that much. The main thing I got from BFL, nutritionally, was pairing the carb with the protein, and that's something I still try to do. BFL was just too low fat for me, and I like Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle because it's so flexible but still holds to similar principles. I guess it's because I can still have carbs AND enjoy some higher fat. In theory, I should be eating my carbs in the mornings, around my strength training, and eat more low carb/Atkins style during the afternoon and on non-lifting days. I planned on carb and calorie cycling, but it hasn't really worked out that way. And maybe part of my problem, in the long run, is that I don't stick to a specific plan. I have been "doing" BFFM/BFL for over a year and have lost practically nothing, net-weight wise. I've lost and re-gained, but I don't know it that's a problem related to the plan (or lack of) or just because I binge and mess everything up for long periods of time.

I really have a hard time relating to "normal" eaters. I'm jealous of them, for sure! Even when I portion out things like cheese or walnuts, I don't feel all that satisfied. I could eat half a pound of cheese at once if I let myself. But for some reason, I can limit those things most of the time. But give me an ounce of M&Ms or a small piece of cake and I am off that wagon in a heartbeat!

I wonder where to look for research on the biology, chemistry, and physiology of binge eaters. So much of it deals with the psychology of it, but it's hard for me to agree with some of it, having experienced it. The introduction of "bad" foods is a perfect example!

Hayley said...

That's so funny you follow BFFM!! I absolutely loved that e-book...I felt like I learned so much from it! I also tried to do the carb cycling thing (many, many times) but every time I got to the lowest day I ended up bingeing. I have truly found that the best thing for me is just carb/protein at every meal...except sometimes dinner, which is when I usually just eat a TON of veggies (salad and steamed veg) and then a protein.

I also loved that book because I thought he went into more detail with nutrition and workouts and I learned a ton. OH! I am with you whole-heartedly on the fat thing with BFL. I struggled a lot with that (still do) and I actually startd taking fish oil supplements. I was taking 3 a day, but wasn't sure if even that was enough so now I'm a bit above that.

I actually really enjoyed getting my healthy fat from 1 TB of natural PB in my oats every morning, but then on the BFL tracker page and Guestbook people were saying that I should just cut that out and take the fish oil supplements. I really don't want to eliminate PB from my life forever...I don't really think it is a "bad food" unless you eat the whole jar, and for a while there I did great eating it in moderation. Then I started panicking thinking I couldn't lose weight with it in my diet so I'd freak out and binge on it..and then blame the PB for my weight gain. Who knows? I still haven't really "allowed" it back in my 'diet' again! :)

I'd love to know if you find any books or information on brain chemistry in those who binge!

Becky said...

I felt the same way after reading BFFM!!!! I read it before I decided to do BFL, but I can't remember why I didn't go ahead and do it. I think I might have needed more structure, which BFL provides. But reading BFFM, I had so many "DUH!" moments. It all made so much sense.

You bring up a good point about natural foods vs supplements. I'm a believer in getting your nutrients from food instead of supplements. I don't really even take a supplement - just a multivitamin, melatonin, and sometimes calcium. I haven't really looked at whether I'm getting everything I need from food, but even if I weren't, I would probably just make more effort to eat my nutrients, rather than swallow them with water. So I don't really understand the push for fish oil supplements and similar things. If you can get your good fats and all that jazz from food, why not?

It's kind of the same way I feel about eating plans that push pre-made meals and bars. I think it's so much healthier to get what you need from actual food, as close to natural form as you can. Sure, the convenience is nice and maybe I'm just spoiled because I have time to plan and cook. I don't always have the patience to do it, but that's just laziness on my part!

Anyway, I'm rambling but this thread has definitely put a lot of thoughts in my head. Thanks!