Nothing I love like a good Polka – really! They are just such good, foot-stomping fun. I know that makes me the ultimate geek. I’d be embarrassed about that except that I claimed my title years ago and now just wear my Linux shirt with pride. Besides, when was the last time you polka’d? I want to hear no sarcastic witticisms from you people until you get out there and chicken dance. Plus? It’s a fab workout.
Know something else I love? (Besides ridiculous non-sequiters?) Updates!
First Up: Primal Blueprint
I’ll give you the good news first: Not a single grain has crossed my lips for 8 days now. I’ve eaten a lot of meat. And I think I’m single-handedly keeping the raw nut industry in the black. Surprisingly (to me), my workouts have not suffered for lack of grains. I’m enjoying CrossFit this time around just as much as the first – which is to say I hate every second of doing it but I love the results. Also good: no jelly beans, ice cream, candy, cookies or any other sugary nonsense! Which is even more impressive considering what, um, time of the month in it is (see the bad news for more on that). I honestly feel like I’ve had more energy and have been more stable without the white satan.
Staying true to the primal blueprint, I included one day of intermittent fasting – no food for 24 hours. I’d be all proud about that except that I’m pretty used to it seeing as it’s part of my religion (I’m LDS).
I did cheat however. While I had no problem giving up the moo juice, it ended up being too much to kiss all my beloved dairy good-bye so I made a concession and allowed myself one Greek yogurt a day. Which sadly has become the highlight of my Paleo culinary experience. It’s also been kinda rough transitioning from full-veg to full-meat. I only ate red meat once and wanted to throw up for hours afterward but fish and chicken seem to be going down nicely. I haven’t dared try any pork products yet. The worst part is probably the sticker shock when buying my grass-fed, organic dead animals. (Sorry, old habits die hard.)
On the carb front, I think I’ve been OD’ing on the fruit. Since I “can’t” eat grains or sugar and my CSA gave me a delicious basket of picked-that-day organic peaches, plums and melons I’ve been having a week-long fruit binge. In the end though I still managed to keep my carbs under 100g per day.
Now for the bad news: I’ve gained two pounds. This does not please me. Especially as I was hoping to lose the nine pounds from the overtraining debacle that are still clinging to my thighs. However, I can’t blame the Paleo diet solely for this as there are, ahem, girly hormonal issues at work this week. Plus Gym Buddy Allison tells me she thinks I’ve gained some muscle. (I tell you, everybody needs a Gym Buddy Allison!) Go CrossFit shoulders!!
Next week I think I will have to cut out the yogurt (sigh…), about half the fruit and probably some of the nuts as well if I want to start seeing results. Seriously people, I ate so many nuts this week that squirrels were giving me support-group pamphlets.
If you remember, Reader Shellie has been conducting her own L-Carnitine research study (sample size = 1). She experienced phenomenal success with it the first month. So how has she fared in the second? Her report:
[Following a 1-week hiatus] I have been back on it for a week now. In that week I have dropped 2 ½ lbs and ½ inch off my bust, waist and hips each. (I keep asking myself how I could possibly lose any more of my breasts, but down they go. Actually, I think I am mostly taking fat off my back.) I can now get into every pair of jeans I own and coming very close to getting into my smallest skirts, shorts and pants. Hooray! N says he thinks he could bounce a quarter off my butt, but he has yet to try. I will keep you posted (on my weight loss I mean, not the quarter.) I am getting more confident that this is real weight loss and I will not yo-yo back up as long as I stay the course.
As grateful as I am that L-Carnatine seems to have done the trick for me as a catalyst to weight loss, I certainly won’t be climbing any rooftops and shouting to the world that this a is miracle cure for anyone looking to lose weight. Although I could totally be wrong, I think there were a few factors key to my success.
1. 1. My metabolism was screwy and I couldn’t convert fat into something useful on my own. When a person presumably burns a good 500-800 calories more than they consume day after day, week after week, there is a strong mathematical probability they will lose weight. Yet I couldn’t lose anything. I kept gaining and I was tired, nauseated and dragging.
2. 2. I had fat to lose. It is very possible that the reason L-Carnatine didn’t work for you and Allison is not just the dose, but that your body didn’t have extra fat to burn. According to a BMI calculator (for what it’s worth,) I started out at 26.2%. My first big drop in weight on the L-Carnatine took me right to 24.9% which is officially the top of the “normal” bracket and out of “overweight.” When I got off the L-Carnatine, my weight loss slowed. Started back up on the supplements and it dropped again, but this time not as dramatically. I am now 23.9% fat. And I don’t think the calculator tells the full story because I have built a considerable amount of muscle that works against me on the scale. I am curious to know my fat percentage by more accurate measurements. I am also curious to see if the L-Carnatine doesn’t give as dramatic of results when my body has less fat to lose.
3. 3. I am living an active lifestyle, working out hard 6 hours a week and only taking in 1300-1500 calories of healthy food per day. I don’t think this supplement will work as an excuse to “eat what I want and the L-Carnatine will just take care of it all.” But it could easily be interpreted that way by people who are looking to lose weight without limiting their food intake and exercising.
Thanks for being our guinea pig, Shellie!
Third: 100 Push-Up Challenge
This challenge has been making the blog rounds the past few weeks and as soon as I saw it on Andrew Is Getting Fit I knew I had to try it. The challenge isn’t finished yet but we were supposed to do 100 push-ups for CrossFit today so I figured it would be a good time to check my progress. I did 100 push-ups!! Granted, I had to break them into 4 sets of 25 so they weren’t consecutive but that is so far from the pray-for-no-PE girl I used to be that I almost clapped for joy. I would have too except I couldn’t move my arms.
So – what are your updates? How are all my fellow Primal Pals hanging in there? Anyone else try L-Carnitine? Are your push-up pecs as sore as mine? Share the pain, people!