I had a pretty decent day, today. My total calories for the day stood in at 1,154, I had a tablespoon of peanut butter, I had a strawberry and two blueberries (which tasted way sweeter than I remembered!), and some steak and eggs. I also had a ham sandwich wrapped in lettuce for lunch. My calories may be a bit off because I guessed at how much meat was in the sandwich, and I probably got close, but I’m in the ballpark.
I still find it crazy how quickly calories add up. If I was to throw in bread to that sandwich and a couple cookies with dinner, we’re probably closing in closer to 1,600-1,800 calories, maybe more. I just made my daughter a peanut butter sandwich (well, really a half-sandwich) and that makes me realize how much I miss peanut butter. I had a tablespoon of the Smuckers crunchy peanut butter when I got home. A serving size is two tablespoons at 5 carbs (would be 2 net carbs, but I’ll start doing net carbs next week, I think). I had one tablespoon. It’s no Jif, but after having no peanut butter for a while, it was amazing.
The energy still hasn’t come to me, yet. My wife had to work today, or I might have tried going to the gym. I think that’ll be a catalyst toward getting my metabolism boosted. I will likely hold off one more week and start next week though so I can start benefiting from the net carb intake. If I go to the gym and burn 300-500 calories on a 1,200 calorie diet, that’ll put me pretty low for my net calorie consumption and I don’t want to be tempted right off the bat to overeat. I also know how I am and I push myself at the gym, so much so that I end up with pretty intense pain in my joints from the built-up lactic acid. When I start, I’m going to try to keep it to cardio to start until I see a change in my energy levels and get accustomed and re-acclimated to going back to the gym. Then I’ll try to commit to two or three days a week, pending my wife’s schedule.
I’m both dreading it and looking forward to it. I dread it because of the incoming pain I’m expecting to be in, particularly when I weight train, but also because I haven’t been in so long. It’ll be starting over again. I’m excited for it because there were some days when I’d go to the gym and was totally into it, feeling really good, and crushed some of my planned workouts. I don’t want to follow a plan, though, when I start going back–at least not initially. I want to kind of pick and choose what I want to do. I want to be there for 40 to 60 minutes, to start, and ease myself back into it as much as I’m able. I’m getting kinda stoked thinking about it, despite yawning profusely as I type.
Switching topics, I don’t think I mentioned it yet, but my doctor indicated I am absolutely a Type II diabetic, now. I told her I was never officially diagnosed, that the last I heard (a while back) was that I was pre-diabetic. She said, ‘Okay, let me just look at your chart and check your A1C. 9.5. Yeah, you’re Type II.” Pretty cut and dry. My friends at work said something about seeing an endocrinologist. I don’t recall, offhand, ever seeing one, but I *may* have way back when I was first diagnosed pre-diabetic. I’m going to ask about it Friday when I go in to get my labwork done; I want to see if they deem it necessary. I guess that would depend on what my A1C is going to show then. I wonder if they’ll make me come back in three months for another A1C lab day and determine from then? I dunno.
My macros today weren’t necessarily exactly on point, but I’m back to a 4% carb day, which that makes me happy. When I can feel as full as I do now and I’m not taking in the full 20 g of carbs, I call that a win. Here’s my macros from MyFitnessPal:
- 80 out of the allowed 142 g of fat, accounting for 64% of my calories; target is 75%
- 86 out of the allowed 85 g of protein, accounting for 33% of my calories; target is 20%
- 10 out of the allowed 20 g of carbohydrates, accounting for 4% of my calories; target is 5%
My protein was still a little high, but I expected that. I need to figure out a way to get more fats into my diet, and I think the easiest way is the bulletproof coffee, but I just haven’t had the desire for coffee, lately. Eating straight butter might as well as be avocado for me; doesn’t sound appealing. Maybe more cheese sticks? But I don’t want to get burnt out on them. Bah.
I’m 1/6 of the way through. I gained almost a pound over the weekend, which I attribute to going over my calorie goal twice in a row by about 400 calories each day, but still watching carbs. Gonna try and not do that again. Blood sugar didn’t react; in fact it was better than I’d expected, coming in at 107 this morning. So something must be going right. Awesome to see anything less than 150; now I just have to keep it consistently low, lower medication with time, and ultimately get off of it, completely. Then I only have to worry about the sleep apnea, if that’s not cured by the weight loss. We shall see in about 11 weeks from now.