Last week I took my first negative steps in a good long while. My job had taken me out of town and although I had a bunch of fresh food in my hotel room, I decided to have a couple of not-so-healthy restaurant meals during the second half of the week. I even had a few beers. Was it a total loss? No. I got to engage in a little bit of conversation which otherwise would not have happened if I had dined in. What I shoud have done is simply ordered the healthiest thing on the menu and stayed away from the booze.
I've all but confirmed my suspicion that gluten was the primary cause of my persistent acne. I ingested some for the first time since December and like magic, the switch turned on. I don't like that, so I'm not going to test it any further. Gluten...TO THE END OF THE LINE!
I also consumed meat (one serving each of steak and grilled chicken) last week. I felt less than optimal the morning after the steak, but I think the beer had more to do with that than the red meat. I'm going to add egg whites to my vegetarian diet in attempt to increase my protein intake while limiting my intake of additional carbs and fat. Beans are great, but they are a high carb food. Peanuts are great, but they are a high fat food. Spinach is great, but you need to eat several servings for a comparable amount of protein.
I feel great! I came out of the blocks for Phase II in a full sprint. I feel energized, strong and determined! It does seem like I've lost a little bit of the hip flexibility I had after P90X2, but I can get that back with some extra stretching. Everything else is firing on all cylinders.
Doubles have returned! I'm planning to do a yoga or lighter cardio in the morning and the normal workout in the afternoon. The new(er) Energy & Endurance formula works really well for those early mornings and/or that just-got-off-of-work lull.
Lastly, I started tracking my steps and sleep with a Fitbit. Cool gadget, but I'm not sure that the data provides a lot of added value. I have a Withings Body Scale on the way. It claims to measure BMI and body fat percentage (IMO more important than BMI and weight) so I'm excited to start collecting that data and integrate it with the Loseit.com calorie/nutrient tracker. There is a fine line between being obsessed with the numbers and using the numbers to guide you. I hope to stay on the side of the latter.
The goals for Phase II are to keep working hard and keep eating healthy food. It's pretty simple, but when you do both of those correctly, the sky is the limit!
"It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be." -Tony Horton