Illness, Recovery, Difficulty…

A few weeks back I had the stomach bug. Within three days I lost 8lb in bodyweight. Once I started eating again, I went straight to junk food as I simply couldn’t stomach anything other than snacking or even look at anything other than ‘treats’ to be honest.

The 8lb I lost has been gained back now, although not as I was hoping. The weight I have put back on seems to be just fat. I feel that I have lost some strength and I have gained fat. This is not what I wanted to happen, but it has opened my eyes again. Times like this show just how easy it is to put on fat.

I used to look at the weighing scales and monitor myself throughout the day, taking notes of what I’m eating, drinking and how my lifestyle was. I found that my body weight could fluctuate by 4lb easily in just a few hours. This made me realise just how pointless weighing myself actually was when done alone.

I am back to the weight I was before getting ill, but I can see in the mirror that I have put on a fair bit of body fat along with it. I genuinely couldn’t do anything about this as I was getting over my stomach bug. I just want to make note that I can put on body fat very easily and I can see just how difficult it is to maintain my body fat, let alone drop my body fat.

I am being quite relaxed with portion sizes and treats at the moment and I need to make note of that too. It’s no good lying to myself saying I am eating clean and frequent when I am not. I am eating frequent throughout the day, I’m just enjoying the treats. Yes I know I shouldn’t be doing this and I will regret it.

I know how my body works though as I have monitored if for the last 5 years. I know for a fact that the mind is stronger than than my body and what my mind wants, it will have. This is why I have to programme my mind to prepare for a change. At the moment I am not prepared to change my diet. (I do eat very well, I have just added biscuits and I want on a mad spree of pop tarts last week)

So here’s the deal. I will eat every 2-3 hours everyday and I will drop the few biscuits and rubbish that I have been having. I am not doing any cardio other than everyday life until mid March. I have programmed my brain to be prepared to go flat out from March till May. I will then maintain over the summer and comes the winter I will relax a lot. From now till March I will push myself as hard as I can in the gym and be a little bit more relaxed with my food portion sizes. (Even with the worst day nutrition wise, I am still in a completely different league to where I was this time last year)

Whilst I’m typing this I would like to add that I personally find it impossible to change my diet over night. I have to plan it well in advance and program my mind to want it.

Time to bulk…

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