Well the weather has improved slightly since yesterday.... slightly. It's currently 6 degrees Celsius rather than snow-inducing degrees Celsius. However, I highly disapprove of snow this early. Here's where I get jealous of my daughter in Portland who is experiencing 19 degrees Celsius and sunshine. And here I was thinking it rained there all the time... sigh.
Okay enough whining about the weather.
I received a great bunch of questions from bloggers today. Read on for answers on fat burners, plateauing, and, of course, Tuesday's eating and training sched. I am plugging away as this competition draws closer and closer.
My Breakfast Order at Angel's: When I am not in competition training mode I order an egg-white omelet with tomatoes and spinach, dry whole-wheat toast, oatmeal, and coffee. When in competition training mode I order everything mentioned above except for the whole-wheat toast.
About Fat Burners: Personally, I have never used a fat burner. I would rather go about things in a natural way. You can get results eating clean and exercising without compromising your health. Some fat burners claim to carry natural ingredients, but it doesn't mean they won't have detrimental effects. Of course, it's a matter of personal choice. I don't like them and don't use them. Others may find them very effective. If it is making you feel bad then you may want to consider listening to your body and discontinuing use.
The Last Few Pounds: Your body is smart. It knows when it is at a healthy weight because you will start losing pounds much more slowly. If you are not happy at the weight your body starts to plateau at then losing the last few pounds can take true dedication. I often recommend Cooler #1 (from The Eat-Clean Diet) for no longer than 2 weeks (it's not good to maintain it for longer because it is not representative of nutrition for life). Once you find yourself plateauing and are happy with your size continue eating in a manner similar to Cooler #2. This is Eating-Clean for life. The menu plans in The Eat-Clean Diet and the recipes in all of the books follow these guidelines. I eat like Cooler #2 year round and really don't gain or lose much. Of course, right now I am in competition training, so my nutrition is much different as reflected in the menus listed here on this blog.
Eating and Training:
Early Morning Cardio session on treadmill for 30 minutes on empty stomach
250 ml warm water with juice of one fresh lemon
250 ml water with 8 ounces wheat grass
1/4 cup wheat germ with 1/4 cup oats cooked on one cup water with 2
tablespoons each Salba and flaxseed on top
5 scrambled egg whites + 1 yolk
5 fish oil supplements
Spirulina shake made with water, hemp protein, 2 T natural walnut butter,
flaxseed (this did not taste too good)
1 grilled chicken breast over 2 cups salad greens, dressed with pumpkin oil,
pumpkin seeds, chopped tomato and cucumber
I drank the rest of the yukky spirulina shake
Brown rice with 1 cup steamed broccoli and 1 6 ounce grilled chicken breast
5 egg whites + one yolk
2 T natural peanut butter
250 ml water with MSM and Cal/Mag supplement
Training: REST DAY!!! (Trust me... I LOVE them just as much as the next guy no matter how much I love the weights! Every BODY needs a break.)