I woke up around 6.50 today and, as with yesterday and the day before, I felt tired. After finding out about my fat analysis (bio signature), I now think my sleep is having a major affect on my journey.
So, what’s the solution? Cry and keep doing what I’m doing? No. I’m going to be looking at my sleep pattern as well now and try to ensure I get enough meditation time in each day (time to myself), which I hope will help my mind to relax. After all, I know my cortisol levels are high and I need to take more of an active role in managing that.
Today was a hat tip to this month’s goal of being able to do one full assisted pullup (having never really been strong in my upper body exercises).
Today’s workout was a positive one. We trained late morning so it was a good period for it being quiet in the gym and I was able to go through a lot of the workout schedule.
I also increased my load (hardness) on all of the back exercises, which put me in a positive state of mind for the rest of the day.
Here’s what I did:
- Assisted pull ups – from no 9 this week (no 10 previous): 5 x 5
- Lat pull down (wide grip) – 125lbs + 1.25kg (up from 125lbs previous week): 5 x 5
- Dumbbell Pull Over – 27.5kg (up from 25kg previous week): 5 x 5
- Straight Bar Curl – Olympic bar + 10kg (no change from previous week): 5 x 5
Food & Nutrition
Here’s a list of what I ate today.
Turkey breast and cashew nuts goes with my previous few days of following the meat and nuts breakfast set out by the Strengh Sensei (Charles Poliquin), but the nuts do have quite a high fat content.
I had a homemade flapjack that was gluten free and packed full of naughty sugar and carbs, but it was post workout so my body should be able to handle some of those.
Post Workout Meal
Peppered mackerel fillets with 3 soft boiled eggs and some spinach. I did have fillets of the mackerel, which was a step too far because this boosted my fat intake up to a high level. Remember: I believe that fat doesn’t make you fat, but let’s be real and understand that excess fat will be stored. My body isn’t going to use the fat I give to it and just calmly forget about the excess that’s coming through.
Also, I’ve got a fat arse, so I need to be aware that I want my body to use some of my stored fat.
It was the afternoon, but it might not have been the best snack to have which was a bowl of gluten free honey cornflakes with some full fat goats milk. Why was it bad? It is loaded with sugar (carbs = both the cereal and the milk) and seen as I had already had a high amount of sugars and fats already it wasn’t the best move.
See. When we get taught that a great start to the day might not be what we want. I’m a believer that society has got it wrong when we think that cereal is a healthy breakfast.
Gamon steak with broccoli was in order for dinner. I grilled the meat so that it would be nice and crispy around the edge, just like bacon.
After dinner I had 50 grams of raspberries. They’re not a bad fruit as they’re rich in antioxidants and much better than an apple (which contains a massive amount of sugar).
Today has been a good day after I put yesterday behind me. That feeling that you get when you feel lost and out of control on your weight loss journey is not one I want to repeat.
My sleep does seem to be getting a bit better, but I am still going to keep monitoring it and understand how I can get to sleep a lot quicker and for a deeper sleep. Meditation, I feel, is helping me to get to that sort of stage.