kingkeld's Journal, 11 October 2013

Good morning!

Today, I'm not sure whether I like the weigh-in numbers or not, or if there is really anything in them.

I weigh the same as yesterday (minus 100g, which doesn't really make a difference).

I had large meals yesterday, but very sane calorie numbers. I came out of the day with a 1000 calorie deficit. Too low for my weight/fatpercentage, but okay. Not all that bad.

Today, I am down almost a pound in muscle mass.

This, combined with the fact that I couldn't lift as heavy weights at my morning workout, made me kinda ponder on a few things.

I have earlier concluded that a LOT of the muscle comes from water. If I retain water, then my muscle mass goes up.

When I "drain" excess fluid, my muscle mass goes down.

Today, I had the lowers muscle mass I have had in quite a while, and I felt less strong working out. Is this a coincidence?

Does a water filled muscle lift heavier than a not-so-filled muscle? Any thoughts on this are more than welcome, as I simply have no idea.

In one way it makes no sense if it is so, but in another it does. I'm definitely on the fence here.

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Yesterday went great. Wife and I went to a little lunch buffet and I basically only ate meat. I didn't want to stuff unnecessary calories from bread, so it was just meat, meat, meat and a tiny portion of veggies.

Dinner was a chicken leg with steamed vegetables. Very very nice.

I had a large protein bar to up my protein intake to 100+ grams, and I had sugar free ice cream for dessert. I liked it all.

I still don't feel an urge for sugar. I think I have more or less packed the beast away, and it seems to me that if I don't wake him up on purpose, then he'll keep sleeping. Let's try to keep it like that for a while, shall we? Not having sugar cravings makes life a LOT easier.

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Today is pretty busy at work, but in a good way. I have a lot of little things going on, and time just flies.

I'll need to do a shortish journal, as my next appointment is in two minutes!

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Today, I'm thankful for:
- Reaching 10,000 steps before 7:30 am
- Morning coffee
- Wife
- Work
- New work tasks, and interesting ones to boot!

Have a great weekend! Life is good!
182.3 lb Lost so far: 159.4 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.
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Good to see your mental welfare seems up and about today. Great! Hoping wife is also doing better. 
11 Oct 13 by member: ClassicRocker
10,000 steps before 7:30?!?! WOW, that's all I can say, I am impressed. I'm going to dig my pedometer out and start tracking my steps, wonder how many I take in a day? I don't think I am anywhere near 10,000! 
11 Oct 13 by member: skirch97
Skirch, I am generally between 15,000 and 20,000 steps per day - and occationally 20,000+. I try to make it a point to reach at least the 10,000 - as it seems to pretty much make me reach all my Fitbit daily goals (10,000 steps/8 kilometers walked/2,800 calories burned). Of course, a five kilometer walk every morning makes the goals a lot easier to reach. It's a nice habit now, and something I'd actually get out of bed earlier than necessary to do. It's mindfulness AND exercise in one nice package. :) 
11 Oct 13 by member: kingkeld
I admire your dedication and would have to agree that a morning walk would be a nice way to start the day! I dug my pedometer out of my purse and headed out for a mile and half walk on my lunch hour. Hit 3500 steps which is more than I thought I would, I was guessing it would be about half that. I'm going to make this a habit during lunch rather than running errands or working through my lunch. I'll have to dust off the ol' treadmill to get some evening walks in because before too long its going to be dark when I get home from work :( I'm not a fan of the end of daylight savings time. 
11 Oct 13 by member: skirch97
Sounds like a great idea! :) Oh, and one mile is about 1.66 kilometers. So your 1.5 mile would be about 2.5 kilometers. You're right. Now and then I'm debating whether I REALLY need this walk, as I often am much lower in calorie intake than I should be, but then I can't stop thinking that I'd be missing out on the enjoyment of a nice walk in the morning. Once the frost hits Denmark and it gets tough to walk in snow and on ice, then it's probably an entirely different story. I might have to get on the elliptical at the gym instead, and that is nowhere near as fun. Let's see what happens.  
11 Oct 13 by member: kingkeld
No it is much more pleasant to be outside especially on a beautiful sunny day! I agree, I don't know how much I could walk through snow and ice or freezing temperatures! Now that my daughter is almost 5, I've gotten both my kids (my son is 8) to go on some meandering walks through town. We've built up to about a mile, which I think is great for my little one! 
11 Oct 13 by member: skirch97
I've often wondered about the whole water weight thing too. Drink plenty of water, your body needs it but if we're high in weight over night it's too much water and it feels like a darned if you do, darned if you don't thing. I jumped 5lbs this morning but it's not that unusual for me and I wonder if it's muscle water weight too because I walked a lot yesterday compared to normal as well as climbed several flights of stairs and my legs are hurting today. My clothes fit the same so it's not fat 5lbs so ... if only we were calibrated machines, huh. I was surprised to read you had a protein bar - I thought you'd given those up. My fav is Isopure and it's a protein drink - no carbs, no sugar, no powder, no candy bar hocus pocus - and it's 40gm of protein. The one I drink tastes like citrus and it's in a glass bottle (which I kind of like too). Anyway - just thought I'd stop & visit and comment. Think I'm done now. Later :-) 
11 Oct 13 by member: FullaBella
I was curious about the weightlifting question, so I found these abstracts that indicate having fully-hydrated muscles *does* help your power output: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18550960 and http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00421-009-1348-3 (full disclosure - all I read was the abstract) 
11 Oct 13 by member: zebdavison
Each gallon of water weighs about 8 lbs. So a body with more water is going to weigh more. Muscles with more water would weigh more in my humble opinion. 
11 Oct 13 by member: kmunson
Looks like the links didn't work - maybe this will: http://tinyurl.com/nyvnwbv (tinyurl.com/nyvnwbv) 
12 Oct 13 by member: zebdavison
and this: http://tinyurl.com/m8vqy4s (tinyurl.com/m8vqy4s) 
12 Oct 13 by member: zebdavison

     
 

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