Journal Entry 207 – Making Changes

My first workout after the San Diego trip was not very good. My strength was very lacking and I’m really not sure why. Its not like the calories were low during my trip, although it wasn’t exactly healthy food either. Kind of frustrating to be honest, considering I was on a roll with strength gains and then that trip knocked me off course. I also had to spend the next week cutting calories, because I ate and drank a little too much on that trip. 😉

One thing I noticed to when I eat bad for few days in a row is I will start to feel incredibly lazy and I noticed my skin looks way worse. Almost get to see what a typical american that does not workout feels like on an almost daily basis. As soon as I got back I was eager to get back to my normal diet and was really craving healthy foods too.

So this weeks workouts were not very good. I still want to stick to my full body plan though done 3 days a week. The amount of time this saves me is amazing. I also really like walking on the other days, because I find it incredibly restorative for my mind and mood. I actually did a chest/back workout on Wednesday, because my strength was so bad, I felt like it would have been a waste of time to do my actual workout. After doing it though, I realized how much I like doing full body. So I plan to either do my 3rd workout of the week either today or tomorrow. I may cut a little of volume out though and change a couple of the accessory exercises, but not the main push/ pull exercises.

Since I no longer work at Williamsville and am currently unemployed, I have been spending a lot of time learning how to write web code. Its not easy, but its a very valuable skill to learn and I have had courses on this in the past. I’m learning through code academy and I find its way of teaching very easy to learn. The site almost functions as a video game and even gives you rewards for completing tasks. I plan to work my way through the whole site for the next few months and hopefully have a enough knowledge to build my own portfolio that will get me hired in that industry. Its a very well paying field with a lot of jobs opening up. Its also very diverse and you dont have to be an expert on everything to be successful in it. Some companies even hire you if you just have a base working knowledge of the concepts.

Diet wise I’m thinking about playing around with a little bit. I have noticed when I eat too many carbs during the day, I tend to get tired and unfocused. Web coding requires a lot of mental energy and discipline, so for me at the current moment that is unacceptable. This only happens when the meals are high in carbs though, like a big bowl of oatmeal or rice. I was planning on doing a very light meal plan throughout the day and eat most of my calories at night. For example, eat protein pudding with some fruit for breakfast and protein and veggies for lunch without a whole lot of starch. Then at the end of the day around 5pm or so after I’m done learning code for the day, consume the vast majority of my calories. I estimate my calories to be around 800 by this point so that leaves a big feast at night to hit the remaining calories.

I was actually reading a few articles on the Warrior Diet and I have no interest in doing the diet as he laid it out, I found a few points to be extremely interesting though. One was feeding the brain during the day, but not eating so much that you become dependent on food for energy. You want enough glucose to think straight (liver glycogen) but not enough to become weighed down. This made a lot of sense to me. So basically just keep it to fruit during the day and save the starch for night. I also plan to get the vast majority of my protein during the day. If there is a macro that has been shown to be very effective for eating throughout the day, it is protein. I plan to eat at least 75% of daily protein in the early part of the day. Also want to get my veggies and supplements in as well. My dietary fat is tag along, but I do take some fish oil pills. A lot of my foods have fat in them already, but I want to try and hit at least 50 grams. This allows me to add a decent amount at dinner to make for a really good tasting meal. Another point he made, which I agree with is how receptive you become to food after not eating it all day. Similar to intermittent fasting, but there is a really good feeling you get at night, when you know you can completely relax from 5pm till bedtime and just hit your remaining food, which should be almost anything you want. The energy levels have been really good from this approach as well.

One food I have been eating a lot of recently though is hummus. We went to a healthy spot in San Diego for breakfast (only good meal of the day) and I got a Mediterranean egg white bowl with hummus and feta cheese. It was awesome. The hummus and eggs made for a really good combination, so I’ve been eating a lot of it this week. Its low glycemic as well so it makes for a good snack during the day. Its also pretty light in calories, so you can eat a lot of it for the volume.

Also forgot to mention, every 30 minutes between studying I will do 10-15 pushups, 20 squats or lunges and 20 situps. It actually made me slightly sore haha.

Eggs and Veggies

Eggs and Veggies

Protein Pudding and Pumpkin Quest Bar (Breakfast of Champs)

Protein Pudding and Pumpkin Quest Bar
(Breakfast of Champs)

Egg fried rice

Egg fried rice

Pumpkin Oats

Pumpkin Oats

Pumpkin Protein Shake

Pumpkin Protein Shake

Terrible piece of pizza from airport

Terrible piece of pizza from airport

Margarita

Margarita

Panda Express (my only meal of the day on the flight back from San Diego)

Panda Express (my only meal of the day on the flight back from San Diego)

Walking in my neighborhood

Walking in my neighborhood

Same

Same

Chicken and Veggies (my typical lunch)

Chicken and Veggies (my typical lunch)

Friday Night Vino

Friday Night Vino

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