kingkeld's Journal, 25 February 2014

Good morning!

I had another night of sleeping at least a little better than most nights. I feel pretty good.

One thing I like about today already is that I don't feel "worn down".

I think this has to do with NOT doing excessive walking yesterday.

And then again...

If you read my journal yesterday, you'll know that I talked about cutting down on excessive walking. Not cutting down walking altogether, but cut down the walking just to walk attitude that I have found myself stuck in lately, while being on sick leave.

It's been WAY too time consuming and I think the end result has been me just ending up hungry and overeating carbs for stupid energy fixes.

Well, yesterday I had decided to NOT walk a whole lot. It was workout day, and that ought to be enough. If my calorie burn was lower than average, then I'd just compensate by having less food. Easy pieces.

End result? 2,900 calories burned, 13,000 steps taken. Same as every other day, and definitely within my normal goals. LOL. How about that?!

All I did (from how it felt) was to go do my workout, do a little shopping, and walk (with a smallish detour because the weather was amazing) to the doctor's office to return a blood pressure measure thingamabob that I had borrowed.


I did great on the calories yesterday too. I was NOT overly hungry, and I did NOT have any sugar cravings. I made it on all my macros, and ended up with an 800 calorie deficit, close to the max I can handle. Very nice.


Today will be more of the same. I think that I will go do an HIIT session at the gym later this morning, and make that my exercise for the day.

I'm both looking forward to it and dreading it. I like the way it feels, and I like feeling accomplished doing it, but I dread the way it drains me. It's HARD frickin' work.

And then, at the same time, I can't help thinking that today might not be the day to go, if I want to go 100%.

My muscles on the front of my thighs are SORE. They are TIRED. This could very well be a problem doing the HIIT, and the elliptical is pretty demanding on those muscles.


I think I over did those muscles yesterday, and I definitely feel them today. I'm generally not sore after these workouts even if I push as hard as I can, but today is an exception to that rule.

It was actually remarkable, my workout.

I have been spending the last six weeks getting back to full speed after my surgery. First week, just one rep but full weight. Second week, two reps, third week three reps, etc.

Yesterday, was first time back FULL BLAST. What was interesting - VERY interesting - was that I was actually able to lift more and heavier than before surgery! How is it that after 2½ months of NOT working out to the max, I can suddenly push further? I don't know, but I liked it!

I'm curious how I'll do tomorrow, when it's time for strength training again! :)


So, today's plan is to go to the gym, and attempt HIIT, I think. If I see that it'll destroy my legs completely, I'll just make it a nice, 30 minute cardio session. I'll wing it.

I'd like the extra "after burn" effect, but it won't kill me not getting it. I need my legs to be in shape for tomorrow's strength training. This is more important.

The weather forecast ways super pretty spring weather again today. This might motivate me to go have lunch somewhere and get some fresh air. I'll be walking a couple of kilometers for that, but I won't push it to any extremes.

Looking at my numbers, my RDI and my lowest allowed calories today, it's pretty much impossible to NOT have a calorie deficit at the end of the day if I stick to plan. And stick to plan I will.


I feel that I am mentally more ready for losing the weight now. It's getting better and better every day. I'm tired of being too heavy. I'm tired of being bothered when I see the numbers on the scale.

And at the same time, these last days have felt like it was very easy to stick to plan. Let's count on this trend lasting. Just keep doing well enough, and leave it at that.


I see that I lose weight fast, when I do good. A lot of my weight is fluid, I know this, and it sheds in no time. As soon as I am in a calorie deficit a few days, this happens. It's happening right now.

The moment I go over, it crawls back on.

The trick for me seems to simply be in a smallish deficit. It really doesn't have to be anything drastic.

I feel that as long as I have some kind of deficit daily, then I'm good. I'm not all that worried if the deficit is just a couple of hundred calories. Obviously, I know that a larger deficit will bring me to goal faster, but I'm not really in a hurry, and fighting to get the large deficit will just make me fail easier. So, steady as she goes, Captain. Just keep doing well enough, and I will reach goal before I know it.

Next step today is to plan my meals and work out what I can and can't do.


Today, I'm thankful for:
- A reasonable amount of sleep. I feel good.
- Focus on my diet.
- Feeling strong again. It was a GREAT workout yesterday.
- Morning coffee!

Life is good!
194.4 lb Lost so far: 147.3 lb.    Still to go: 7.1 lb.    Diet followed 100%.
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 4.6 lb a week

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Sounds great. Interesting that you are doing more now than before. Good news! 
24 Feb 14 by member: Draglist
Fantastic to hear that you are going full bore since the surgery - excellent! 
25 Feb 14 by member: Lynn1958
I think weightlifting is a lot more mental than we realize. We spend so much time thinking about how *heavy* a weight is, how *much* we're lifting, that we can psych ourselves out. And if you're injured, or have pain, or just don't feel quite right (biorhythms?), your mind and body will hold you back to protect you from your own efforts. Ever have a day where you felt fine, but just didn't feel like working out? In your case, of course, you had been doing great leading up to surgery, but the surgery was on your mind, weighing you down, as it were. Perhaps you had been putting on the brakes, subconsciously. Now that you're past it, and you've been smart about easing back into things, you're reaping the benefits of your patience and your unfettered mind. 
25 Feb 14 by member: zebdavison
My little theory doesn't factor in your workplace drama, but, then, I never said it was a unified (or good) theory! 
25 Feb 14 by member: zebdavison
LOL, Zeb. It's a good theory regardless. :) 
25 Feb 14 by member: kingkeld


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