Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 19 - Insulin Resistance

When I started the slow carb diet, my goal was to test my discipline and see if I have significant results in weight loss.

I soon found another reason to continue and a more compelling one.

I think I might I have insulin resistance. Not that I went to the doctor for a check up or anything. I was looking up for ways to get rid of a dark skin patch (I'm asian fair so any dark skin on any area is odd) at first I thought it was dead skin cells that you can scrub over or some bruise I acquired from pole dancing until I came across symptoms for insulin resistance and how it might lead to type 2 diabetes. Some of the symptoms involves; fatique, weight gain. ability to focus which are general symptoms if you are overweight. I will have to go to a the doctor to find out more. Not that I am particularly alarm but I feel like it might in some way contribute to why I feel like I am always very ill discipline that perhaps my body is reacting and not responding the way it should if it was being optimum. 

I do not know if the lack or the excess of carbs contribute to the insulin resistance. I heard that diabetics shouldn't eat a lot of carbs so perhaps less carbs does do more good.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 17 - It takes a while to stick to a habit


I was so sore from the pole routine the other day, I wanted to fit in some stretching but I was hurting so much I decided to skip any form of activities I wanted to do.

I hadn't really noted what I ate as the entire week went through with much of a blur but I know I was eating better.

I also know at some point I have to take a reality check with the scale or the measuring tape. I don't really like confrontations. My fat percentage however is still at 45.6% which haven't drop since a week ago. I don't know if that is a good thing since I don't gain any fats. I seem to think that cheap "fat analysis" meter I bought from China wasn't any good. I can feel my body change even if the number don't seem to prove it.

And I know it because my workout numbers seem to improve today; some more than the other.

Friday's Pole workouts – Pole Strength Routine

Pole Squat – 10 reps 2 sets

Pole Plies – 1 reps 2 sets

Pole Lunges – 10 reps 1 set

Pole Leg Lifts – 10 reps 1 set

Pole Single Leg Squats – 10 reps 1 set

Pole Hold – 7 reps first set 5 reps 2nd set 

Pole Row – 10 reps 2 sets

Pole Triceps Push – 10 reps 2 sets

Pole Shoulder Push – 10 reps 1 set 

Leg Hook Side Crunch – 10 reps 1 set

Knee Tuck – 0 reps 0 sets (I was too sore and tired by the time I reach here!)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

4HR Body Tim Ferris Slow Carb Diet - You Dust Yourself Off and Try Again


Yesterday was the pits. Today I decided to redeem myself with my pole exercises.

A shout out to Duke for the pep talk. Thank you!

And instead of just going through the motion, I challenge myself to complete a full 10 reps per set. I only did 1 set of each exercises so I can pace myself to finish the entire pole strength routine. It was not easy. Especially after a day's work, I was tired but I wanted to compensate myself after a break down yesterday. Just so I can feel good about myself and that I accomplish something.

Wednesday's workouts - Pole Strength Routine

Pole Squat - 10 reps 2 sets

Pole Plies - 10 reps 2 sets

Pole Lunges - 10 reps 1 set

Pole Leg Lifts - 10 reps 1 set

Pole Single Leg Squats - 10 reps 1 set

Pole Hold - 6 reps 1 set for each arm (I only managed to do 1 when I started so yea!)

Pole Row - 10 reps 1 set

Pole Triceps Push - 10 reps 1 set

Pole Shoulder Push - 10 reps 1 set (This was a vertical push up with the pole to assist you, I used a chair variation but I surprised myself when I can actually do a full 10. Another yea!)

Leg Hook Side Crunch - 10 reps 1 set

Knee Tuck - 3 reps 1 set for each arm (By the time I reach this exercise, I was tired and sore and my arms was shaking, so this was the toughest for me to complete today. This is kind of like the vertical leg lifts)

A slap on the wrist for yesterday. A pat on the back for today.




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

4HR Body Tim Ferris Slow Carb Diet - Plateau & Off the Bandwagon


Today is Day 14. That is 2 weeks into the challenge and I am not doing as well as I should in terms of weight loss or fat loss. I have progressed yes, in terms of food choices and awareness but I cannot claim to be one of those people who can boast a 30 pounds in 30 days kind of weight loss.

The last couple of days was tough in terms of diet, I was on a cheat day on Saturday and I was ready for no carbs again on Sunday, however I had a couple of lunch and dinner invitations and that really screws me over. I cannot resist some of the potatoes (and the pasta, and the pizza...) it was tooooo tempting, I just caved. I cannot just have a bite, it lead to two bites and then it was a slice of pizza..and then pasta. I remember telling myself 'That's enough, or 'gosh what you are doing, no carbs!' and then went into this spiral fall of guilt. I felt like a total failure. Again.

And even though I had no carbs on Mon and Tues, I still feel like a failure. I was doing so well and why do I have to mess it up again? What is wrong with me, why can I not be as discipline as I should.

I think I need to think of something to "punish" myself. An embrassing 'before' picture would probably give me a kick in the butt.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

4HR Body Tim Ferris Slow Carb Diet - Day 10 (Cheat Day)

As far as this diet goes, I had been pretty good in keeping up refraining from carbs. I try as much as possible not to stray to far from the goal.

I have not realized that it was already cheat day today. It wasn't until I went to the supermarket and my fiance asked me if I wanted to have a bag of chips. I love chips but I haven't one since I started this diet. I don't know if my fiance was trying to be supportive or kind or disruptive because he was the one who reminded me of my cheat day today. It was a mix of feelings when I realized it was cheat day. I was secretly happy because I do want those bag of chips so it was very timely to give in to some junk. At the same time, if my fiance hadn't reminded me of my cheat day I probably won't have finished the bag.

I decided I was just going to enjoy the cheat day. I suppose psychologically it would have made me less anxious about eating carbs. It is a cheat day after all, a kind of 'treat' after having spend the week without carbs so I was not going to beat myself about it anytime soon.



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