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Training Check In: June 2017

June 6, 2017

It’s been a whole four weeks on the bodybuilding routine I started when my finger was in bad shape. I also added some carbs (up to about 100 grams a day) to my intermittent fasting eating program on workout days. That’s a good amount of time to evaluate and make adjustments.

From a subjective point of view, I feel pretty good. I think the extra carbs help me not feel so drained after a hard workout. I certainly notice some extra muscle mass and better body shape. I’ve even gotten the odd compliment here or there.

The objective readings, though, are awfully inconclusive. I’m in the same 5-pound weight plateau window I’ve been in for months. I keep track of my chest, waist, and hips measurements. Like my weight, those measurements are basically in the same exact window I’ve been in for months.

So . . . yeah. I guess I can sort of reconcile all that with the idea that, maybe I’ve lost extra fat on my legs, where I don’t measure, and any added muscle where I do measure has just been evened out by the fat loss. And it’s probably true. True-ish. Feels truthy, at the very least.

As I study the problem of weight loss, I’m being won over to the idea of insulin sensitivity being the prime culprit. Intermittent fasting, resistance training, and low levels of carbs are all supposed to help with that. The gains are rather minor and hard to see so far, unfortunately. Of course, I don’t have any other ideas. I’ll keep at it and call it some self-experimentation. See what I can see.

On the more fun side, I do get to revamp my training routine at least. I think my finger is pretty much up to anything at this point, but I’m going to do another four-week bodybuilding-style program, then probably incorporate some powerlifting back in after that.

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