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Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 10:20:27 PM »
lol.  I meant being a strong fat guy.......

no thank you.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 01:55:07 PM »
Just more of the usual stuff.  Ground beef, steak, bacon, eggs.....etc.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 12:17:30 PM »
What still baffles me about this whole reason I 2 weeks ago I had an amazing day at the gym.  I can't seem to pinpoint why and how to duplicate it.  I have looked back through my meal logs, sleep logs, etc trying to figure this out.

I have been doing the same meals/routine 4 weeks.  Nothing changed.....except mountain biking and ditching greek yogurt again from my diet.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:58:33 AM »
by weight loss.......I meant losing inches/lbs on the scale.

Although the scale is not that important to me, I don't want to end up super bulk.  I'm more interested in being lean and strong vs. worlds strongest man competition big.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 09:11:26 AM »
wow......I don't think I could eat that much if i tried.  On my high-carb days I was downing fruit like crazy and barely had enough room to get all my protein and fat in.

So basically what I gather is that either my weight loss takes a hit or my performance takes a hit.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 07:58:34 AM »
Thank you for your input.  As I mentioned above I'm going to slowly ramp up my intake.  Yesterday I hit 1525 Cals with 32g Carbs, 97g Fat, 116g Protein, and 14g Fiber.

......I'm not going to was hard eating that much.  I felt SO full.  it was gross.

So what have you been doing to help with both types of activities.  Where are you targeting your carbs and fat for the day?  It's nice seeing the lbs fly off the scale for the first while as that was my main reason to get back in shape, and winter is quickly on it's way so I'll be parking the mountain bike and focusing more on strength training and snowboarding.  I don't quite know what my limit is for carbs to kick me out of Keto, but I know when I did my 2 consecutive high-carb days I was back to the old crashes that I used to get after meals.......which I don't want to go back to.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 14, 2011, 05:36:11 PM »
I don't follow.

Could you clarify your question please?

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 14, 2011, 01:38:55 PM »
I'll certainly keep you posted on how this changes my gym/bike sessions.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 14, 2011, 11:53:26 AM »
This is great info, thanks.

The engineer in me keeps screaming energy in vs. energy hence my skepticism to up my calories.  I do love being keto though.  I never get crazy hunger urges like I used to and I don't get the 3:30pm crash sitting at my desk job like I used to. 

My goals at the gym are to simply get stronger and more fit.  I want a body to be proud of and one that will allow me to do all of the activities that I am missing out on because I have been neglecting my health for the past few years.  I don't want to hulk big, but it would be nice if I could actually do a wide-grip pull up with my own body weight.  LOL.  Having to do assisted pull ups and dips is emasculating......but I'm carrying around a lot of extra weight.  I miss rock climbing as well.....but I just don't enjoy going right now because I have so much extra weight to move around and my muscle endurance sucks.

So with that I will try bump up my meals to about 600-700 calories a piece and see what sort of effect that has on my performance.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:23:25 AM »
Thanks for the reply.

Based on my reports from MyFitnessPal site I've been averaging about 70-80g of fat a day all coming from good sources.  I have been VERY strict for the first 6 weeks.

See the whole calorie deficit thing is where I'm not sure about.  coming from the "conventional wisdom community" how much of that still applies to a Paleo diet.  My body has pretty much fully switched over to fat for fuel.  There are days where I could skip 2 meals and be just fine.  So I guess I don't really know where I should be targeting for calories to stay fueled up, but also to maintain a steady drop in weight on a weekly basis.  My first week of switching to paleo I dropped 8 lbs.  and then in the past 5 weeks I've dropped 5 lbs. I would like to keep losing at that rate and I think upping my fat/protein is going to have a negative effect on that.  No?

I always feel like I have lots of energy....but then when I start actually working out or climbing a hill on the bike I find that I am not as fueled up as I actually thought i was.

Exercises / Bad gym days lately
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:52:41 AM »
Hey here, but I figured this was the best place to get answers.

I've been on a strict paleo diet for the past 6 weeks and have never felt better.  However, I have one issue that I was hoping to get some help with...

I'm 5'8, and I started off 6 weeks ago at 202 lbs.  I am now down to 189 as a type.

On my non workout days I'm getting about 1400 calories in.  Targets are about 35g Carb, 60g Fat, 160g Protein (which I don't always hit).  On the days I workout I usually get in about 1800 with the same ratios.  I have recently started mountain biking again (2 weeks ago).......which I think may be contributing to my poor days at the gym.  I wonder if I'm not draining myself too much of glycogen be going out riding for 2-1/2 hours on a Saturday afternoon, and then maybe 1 to 2 short 1 hour rides riding the week.  I would much rather bike than hit an elliptical or something for an hour.

For the past 1-1/2 weeks my days at the gym have not gone well at all.  I have been doing a 5x5 program that includes squat, rows, overhead press / squat, deadlift, bench.  I have noticed that I am getting strong on most of my workouts.  2 weeks ago I hit the 65 lb dumbbells for flat bench press and was able to EASILY complete 4 set of 5 reps and then need a tiny little bit of help on my last rep of the 5th set.

......last week I felt great and went to the gym expecting to POWER through my current weights only to find out that I barely even got through 2 sets of the 65s.  I figured my biking may have been the cause and I needed to re-carb up so I switched to 2 consecutive days of high carb/low fat in an attempt to get some strength back, but after my workout last night I found out that it didn't help.

I'm not sure what it is these past couple weeks but the weights have just felt extra heavy.

Does anyway have any ideas what could be causing my poor workouts?  Things to look for in my diet?  Could my mountain biking be the cause?

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