I thought I would just give you an update on what’s currently going on with my training and nutrition. I’ve decided to increase my calories to try to actually learn what my maintenance calorie level is. I really have no idea what it is and I would really like to know! But the only way to actually know what it is is to kind of “hunt” for it.
How am I doing this? Well, every week I’m raising my calories by 100 and I leave it at that level for a week. If my weight doesn’t really increase (not that I could expect much to happen in a week) then I raise them again the following week by another 100 calories. Yes, you’re right. This sounds like the very slow and paranoid approach, and it is. Honestly, I could probably just start at 2000 calories and see what happens, but if my metabolism has been depressed in some way then my body might freak out a little by doing that. I’d rather take it slow and have this be a happy experience for my body and mind.
So far, after raising my calories some, I’m down 2-3 pounds… Happy experience! Haha! The picture below was taken a couple weeks into my “hunt for maintenance” experiment. It was about a week after this photo was taken that I weighed in at 133. I really don’t care what my weight is, it’s just how I measure what’s going on with my changes in calorie intake. Although, it’s fair to note that I’ve never weighed this much while being this lean. Yay for muscle!
As far as training goes, I’m still doing an upper/lower split, but I’m using a different routine. It’s fun to change things up a little bit here and there. I haven’t done any standard cardio in months. I just make sure to keep my intensity high when lifting weights to keep my heart rate up. As you know, I like to keep structured cardio in my back pocket for when I really need it. I do walk my dog a lot though.
This week is a well-needed ‘deload’ week. I’m just doing two workouts this week and the weights are much, much lighter than normal. The exercises are also performed in a circuit with little rest. I kind of hate deload weeks though. They’re such a hit to the ego. I just want to lift heavy things!!!! But I have to tell myself that it’s the right thing to do…and next week when I get back to lifting heavy, I’ll probably be hittin’ some PRs.
Well, that’s all for now folks! I’ve got some big news coming up next time, so stay tuned! My life is about to get a little cray-cray again!