Originally Posted by Daniel Olmstead
This week was pretty crazy food-wise. Not really sure why, just ate different sorts of things and had days that were WAY off goal, either over or under, in protein and carbs and calories. Still, on average it doesn't look much different from past weeks, which is good.
What went in (avg. daily):
Fat: 140g (52%)
Carbs: 89g + 25g fiber (17%)
Protein: 178g (30%)
Fasting days: 4/7 (avg. length: 16.6 hours)
Weight: 175 (-1 lbs, 13lbs total)
Waist: 32.25 (-0.125", 1.75" total)
Bodyfat: 12% (-0%, 3% total)
Percentage to goal: 88%
Ab muscles are a little more visible now, but not yet enough that I would call it a six-pack. Funny that once I gave up on the vanity goal (the six-pack) and turned my focus to fitness goals, I'm finally starting to get one. Maybe a six-pack is like love: it only comes when you aren't looking for it.
My ankle is at about 85% and my shoulder is feeling pretty good, so I think the active recovery week worked. I might try running again today, to see how it feels.
I'm really starting to itch to turn this around again. I want to start 5x5's of weighted pullups and dips to help progress towards a muscle-up, which is my primary goal at this point. If I can keep this rate up without backsliding, I'll be at my goal in two weeks and I can start eating to support real muscle growth again - hopefully a slow LBM-only bulk, this time, so I can get off this rollercoaster.
Interesting observation: since I drastically lowered my carbs to focus on fat and protein, I've noticed that I'm NEVER cold. Indeed, I've taken to sleeping with the window open every night and my legs outside the covers just to keep from overheating in my sleep. Sweaters and sweatshirts frequently get uncomfortable. So for some reason my thermogenesis has really kicked up. A little googling turned up this gem on an extremely crappy and probably highly disreputable supplement site:
So I would guess this is my body taking all that protein and converting it to glycogen, since I'm not giving it enough glucose, and the heat is a byproduct of that conversion. I don't know whether this means anything (good or bad), but it's interesting to note.
Going to hit a few based on my personal experience.
Abs - made in kitchen. I agree, who cares, but the more you train the more they come. When it comes down to it though, people who worry about them tend to have a vanity issue, so continue not caring.
A muscle-up, at least kipped is about more about technique, and less about strength. The transition is what gets most people. I haven't done even close to the volume of dips and push-ups I used to do and can still chain 6-7 muscle-ups together solely on technique.
It will come to a point when you eat a meal, that protein will make you feel warm all over consistently within minutes of downing it. I gave up on heavy covers quite some time ago, and its 40° at night here.