Monday, February 25, 2008

TT update W6,D1

TT challenge – WEEK 6, DAY 1
Turbulence Training for - 71 days (Week 11, day1).

In the interests of cranking things up a notch, I’ve decided to move my training to the early evening from tomorrow. I seem to be capable of more when I’ve got a bit of food in my system and find that my morning workouts take much longer because I have to rest more between sets. I’m also re-attaching myself to my ipod to block out distractions and really focus. My weight was up 500g from last weeks weigh in, but I can’t really compare them because the previous three weeks I have weighed on Sunday, which is the day after my Saturday fast. I’m totally confused about the Tanita BF% reading. On Thursday I was 21.5% bodyfat (and I checked it three times) but this morning I was 29% (again with the triple checking). I’m damn sure I haven’t experienced a freaky fat-gain-muscle-loss episode. Todays reading is really left-field, probably due to some girly hormonal events.

Whenever I get a weird reading or funky scale spike I remind myself of my BFL challenge. In the last month I was on a strict 1200 calories a day, doing 1 hour of cardio every morning and I did not cheat. One week I gained half a kilo and had a complete meltdown right there at the gym weigh-in station (low-carbs, ephedrine and hard training will turn anyone into an emotional, cranky, unreasonable mess). Anyway my trainer just said to me ‘if you were a guy, you’d be over the moon about that. You’re obviously not losing muscle, now, is it upper body day?’. Heh. It’s all in the way you look at it.

TT-30 day fatloss Workout A
This is my last week on the 30-day Fatloss program.

A1) DB Flat press 3 x 8 with 8kg DB'sA2) Barbell row with 1 sec. pause 3 x 8 with 15kg on the barB2) Pullups (instead of pulldowns) 3 x 8 – eccentricB2) Rear delt Flye 3 x 12 with 5kg DB's. C1) Close-grip DB press 3 x 8 with 7kg DB'sC2) DB Incline curls 3 x 8 with 7kg DB'sC3) Reverse row (bodyweight – instead of the face pull) 3 x 10

I did an experiment last night with roasting chickpeas and it came out well! I just put the chickpeas in a metal container with 1 tsp olive oil, added some salt and some chilli powder and put them in the oven until they were crunchy. I’m going to also try it with soybeans. Salty, crunchy things sometimes are just what’s needed.

1. Oatwhites with berries, sprinkled with erythritol 6 x Omega 3 caps
2. Hoki fillet, ½ cup boiled buckwheat (a bit gluey – I probably overcooked it), cubed pumpkin, tzatziki sauce.
3. Roasted chickpeas, raw carrot
4. Snickers bar
5. Dinner at Grandma’s very modest portion of meat and veg. Dinner at Grandma’s is never a problem diet-wise. She has lived her whole life on small-plated rations. She grew up with 13 siblings and learned frugality and moderation.. except when it comes to gin….
The traditional pattern is to be handed a fancy plate pre-loaded with a thin slice of meat or a spoon of casserole and three serves of veges.. usually potato, carrot and peas. Dessert is served, again in (for me) minute, but delicious, portions. Usually this involves steamed pudding and custard. Now you have an insight into a typical kiwi Grandma.

Calories: 1600 P23% C46% F31%

Water: 3L
Espresso: 5
12g Omega 3 Fish Oil
Workout mix with aminos and ALC


  1. I like your Grandma's values. Specially re: gin. :o) *sigh* Makes me miss both of mine....

    Don't worry about the weight/BF thing. You know it's some funky fluid thing.

  2. Going great Sara! Am really enjoying following your progress and the diligence and consistency you show in how you go about things/life!

    You rock!



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