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22 December 2014

Fourteenth week
Good and tough week. I managed to complete my goals. I had 5 training sessions and relative good control on my food intake. Still, the water retaining is an issue.
Next week I try to keep my exercises on the same level, although it is Christmas.
I also got my blood test results:
17.12.2014 fS-Kol 5.5 mmol/l ( - 5 )
17.12.2014 fS-Kol-HDL 1.41 mmol/l ( 1 - )!
17.12.2014 fS-Kol-LDL 3.7 mmol/l ( - 3 )!
17.12.2014 fS-Trigly 0.86 mmol/l ( - 2 )
17.12.2014 fS-Gluk 5.7 mmol/l ( 4.2 - 6 )
17.12.2014 S -Alat 49 U/l ( 10 - 70 )
17.12.2014 S -GT 53 U/l ( 15 - 115 )
Pretty good, but not perfect. I actually wonder if one follows Atkins can be any better?!
I hope next week my weight will be 86 Kgs. Probably running is going to be more difficult due to the snow forecasted. I try to keep my head up and continue the fight.
Exercise sessions:
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/40015177
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/40325740
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/40475734
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/41017158
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/41017164

Weigh-in: 192.2 lb lost so far: 45.9 lb still to go: 26.9 lb Diet followed 100%
   add comment on diet Atkins   losing 2.9 lb a week

15 December 2014

Thirteenth week
In the last two weeks I had a period of one week exercise inactivity. My wife was on a conference and I had to take care of the kids alone, leaving me no the time for any sports.
My best measurement was 88.5 Kg after a 22.5 Km run on Friday. The weather conditions were awful, mostly sleet with a layer of 5 cm fresh snow.
As I forecasted the weight loss pace is slow, but still ongoing. Most of the time I still retain a lot of water. My ketosticks show moderate to strong value.
I feel OK, but a bit also disappointed about being slower in reaching the target.
I resumed my sporting activities, in the last four days I ran 47 Kms.
My plan is to be 87 Kg next Monday.
Wednesday I'll have my blood rechecked. Hope this time it'll be everything in the normal ranges.
Exercises:
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/37876843
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/38034199
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/39562309
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/40015138
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/40015177

Weigh-in: 195.1 lb lost so far: 43.0 lb still to go: 29.8 lb Diet followed 100%
   add comment on diet Atkins   losing 0.9 lb a week

01 December 2014

Eleventh week
Re-ignition started. I forced my carb intake below 22g/day. Mostly achieved by avoiding fruits :-( . I found some really good Hungarian winter salami (Pick) which I enjoy to eat and it has no carb content. The downside is the price (~EUR 30/Kg). Novelty in my diet is the low fat Greek yogurt, with about 8g carbohydrates per 200 ml.
My averages for last month were: cal deficit 2322 KCal/day, food intake 983 KCal/day and exercises and other activities like full time office work 3305 KCal/day.
Calorie deficits since I started my diet:
Sept 15-30: 35123 Kcal
Oct 01-31: 68705 Kcal
Nov 01-31: 69654 Kcal

Total 173482 Kcal (Equivalent to 21.68 Kg fat loss)

Training activities monitored with my Polar V800 in November:
28 training sessions, 113 Km running, 19836 Kcal burned.

Even though I just continue the ignition phase, being under 90 Kg feels like a new start, with new motivation and also a new goal: 14 Kg to go. I realized the weight loss pace would be much slower from now on, and it needs at least the same effort I made so far.
Last week I kept on training, with 3 running sessions totaling 33.4 Km and one tennis session all followed by at least 30' sauna.

Training sessions:
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/36867031
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/37314046
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/37314064
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/37623016
Weigh-in: 196.9 lb lost so far: 41.2 lb still to go: 31.5 lb Diet followed 100%
   add comment on diet Atkins   losing 1.5 lb a week

24 November 2014

Tenth week
Almost no weight loss. My Atkins slowly went out of control. My carb intake is too much. I have to re-ignite. I'll force myself to 20g carb/day. With all these exercise sessions it is easier to say than to implement.
The good news are: VO2Max=48 PolarRunningIndex=55 the latter considered in elite range for my age. So yes, I start to be in good physical condition, but what about the Atkins?! Well the re-ignition is the key word.
I still want to lose 15 Kgs in two stages. First ten with Atkins ignition phase and the last five in a longer run, maybe Atkins phase two.
The reason of the high carb intake: 100-150g of apple per day, and 2-3 lemons. It sounds insignificant but enough to jump the carbs to 30-60g per day and bye ketosis. Btw I still managed to keep my calorie deficit to a 2300Kcal/day.

Exercise sessions:
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/35795641
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/35954107
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/36404515
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/36867001
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/36867019
Weigh-in: 198.4 lb lost so far: 39.7 lb still to go: 33.1 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   add comment on diet Atkins   losing 0.7 lb a week

17 November 2014

Ninth week
Good training, not that good for weight loss though. I made about 35 Km in two 10K runs, a 10K treadmill nordic walking session and a jogging. I also had 2 tennis games. The calorie expenditure due to sport activity was about 5600 KCal.
Yet the scale wasn't giving me good results. My weight loss is stagnating. It could be the water management or something else. My calorie intake is still not exceeding 900 KCal per day in average while deficit is about 2300. The carb intake slightly increased from less than 20g to about 30 in average. Maybe this is the problem. Or it could be the intensive sport activity building up muscles? I do not know the answer...
I'll continue anyway. I am not disappointed at all. My running index become 51 and my VO2Max 46.

My training sessions:
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/34717162
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/34886512
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/35027038
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/35027059
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/35365582
https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/35795626

BTW. I am logging my best weight values for the past week period.
Weigh-in: 199.1 lb lost so far: 39.0 lb still to go: 33.7 lb Diet followed 100%
   (1 comment) on diet Atkins   losing 1.3 lb a week

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