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Today's Workout, Intermittent Fasting question, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hey y'all!! Happy Friday to ya!!
And Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Yeah, yeah... I know St. Patrick's Day isn't until tomorrow, but it's rare that I get on SP on the weekends for more than a few minutes - just to track my food and exercise. So I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday, especially the Irish among us - or those, like me, with Irish ancestry!

We had a luncheon today at work. It was for St. Patrick's Day - at least that's what it turned into. One of my co-workers originally just said he had a crap-ton of ribs and was going to bring them in... It snowballed from there. People signed up to bring sides and such, and it ended up being a St. Patrick's themed luncheon, complete with a photo booth type set up. This is my contribution from that little gem. (I had to practically be drug in there to get it done....I'm not usually one for playing dress up and having photographic evidence of it)

Suffice it to say, with the luncheon today, I'm glad I had a kick-ass workout this morning. To be honest, I had no intention of participating in the luncheon. I didn't bring anything to contribute (I admit, I forgot about it) and brought my lunch... but they insisted that I eat anyway, so I joined in. I am new to this office, after all. Kinda don't want to seem like a snob. I did track everything and I am still on track to stay in range with a negative differential today, as long as I eat healthy tonight. So yay for that!! (And say a little prayer that I can practice a little self-discipline tonight... lol)

My workout this morning was Abs and Cardio. It's the first time in a LONG time that I have done a workout that focused solely on Abs. Usually, abs are a few add-on exercises at the end of a workout that is focused on another muscle group.

Today's workout:
~10 minute warm-up walk
~5 minute run
Cable Crunch - 3 sets of 12 @ 95 lbs
Oblique Crunch - 3 sets of 12 per side
~5 minute run
Weighted Crunch - 3 sets of 12 @ 25 lbs
Plate Twist - 3 sets of 12 @ 25 lbs
~5 minute run
Reverse Crunch - 3 sets of 15
Ab Crunch Machine - 3 sets of 12 @ 60 lbs
~5 minute run
Decline Crunch - 3 sets of 15
Hanging Leg Raises - 3 sets of 15
~5 minute run
Air Bike - 3 sets of 15
Dumbbell Side Bend - 3 sets of 15
~5 minute run
~10 minute cool-down walk

I have a feeling I'm going to be feeling my abs tomorrow.

Speaking of food - I am on Day 2 of trying "Intermittent Fasting". I know there are several methods of doing IF.... I'm doing the 16:8 plan. I fast for 16 hours and fit all of my meals into an 8 hour period. So far, I have had no real issues with hunger... But I do have one small issue.
If anyone out there does IF, maybe you can help me figure this one out.

My plan is to fast from 6pm until 10 am and eat from 10-6. Yesterday, it worked out flawlessly. But yesterday, I didn't go to the gym. I am in a recovery week, so instead of my normal 6 workouts a week, I'm only doing 3-4 and not pushing too hard.
Today was a little more difficult. On gym days, I get up at 2am. I start my workout around 2:30, and stop about 4:15-ish. (Have to shower, get home to get the boyfriend, and get to work by 6)
Anyway... if I am not eating/drinking any calories until 10am, I have a problem. Both my pre-workout drink and my protein powder that I have post-workout have calories. The protein, especially, is an issue because it's best to consume it within 30 minutes of completing the weight training.
Today, I did drink my pre-workout (40 calories) and mixed up my protein shake (140 calories) and had it at 10. Late, but it was the only thing I could think of to do to stay on plan.
Does anyone know if there's a better way to remedy this... because I really want to do this, but I can't have my "eating times" between 2am and 10am.. and not eat again until the next morning. Not gonna happen. LOL

Ok, this blog has turned into a book. I'll stop for now.
But any input on the IF dilemma would be much appreciated.

Have a great weekend!

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  • LORI-K
    According to Dr Jim Stoppani, you must workout out inside your feeding window. He has articles and information on IF at length on his website. I know he has info out there where you don't have to be a paid subscriber. It's all science based.
    1215 days ago
    I practice IF daily. Anything ingested really isn't keeping you in a fasted state. I'd keep doing what you're doing and wait until 10:30. You could do a drink of BCAA's and or L-Lucine post workout, but again, that defeats the purpose of a fast even without the calories as it disrupts the metabolic pathways of a fast. You may have play with different eating windows and do 2 separate windows to find what works best for you for the results you want.
    All the best.
    1235 days ago
    1235 days ago
    Super cute! 😄☘
    1235 days ago
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