I'm in Tokoroa.
OMG - 10 points for the Sonny-Bill photo . But more for your progress pics!! Very cool to see that much change going on.
What part of NZ are you in? I'm in Pirongia - about 1/2 hour from Hamilton.
I'm in Tokoroa.
Oh, and Jac, thanks for the nice comment on the progress pics
Seems like the weight I was on the couple of days around the time the last one was taken was a momentary low. I've been mostly good with my diet, although last night was dinner out with beers, and I haven't been doing LHTs, though I've been doing 'stuff' and keeping fairly busy.
My latest excuse is exams, and my last one is on Wednesday, so that will be an end to that excuse. Prior to exam time I was feeling really awful. Today I busted out a few incline push ups to grease the groove, but it really didn't qualify as anything near an LHT.
This exam is going to be a real bugbear, since it's an elective topic outside my usual field and I had to do it via distance ed.
Had fresh eggs from the chickens for lunch today
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Had my uni exam today, talk about a day of stress. But that's ok, all going well I can take a break from studies for a short time and 1 less excuse I have.
Tonight I had karate class. I have gained a kg since I posted my last picture, and the female sensei who has been commenting on my weight loss, seemed tonight to be very worried that I was losing too much weight and was trying to get me to promise not to lose any more.
I was kinda like WTF?
It honestly wouldn't worry me if I didn't lose any more weight, I'm really after a change in body comp, and I'm fairly certain that to achieve that I will end up leaning out more.
She was beginning to worry that I had some kind of ED, and I'm like "No way - I like eating animal fat "
I'm putting it down to CW people not being used to seeing such dramatic and seemingly sustainable weight loss without some kind of ED present?
I will take it as further motivation to do the LHTs since I really don't want to look like a skinny anemic dude, and yes I'd rather look like a sprinter than a marathon runner.
Been getting a bit of sunshine time in lately too.
The diet has been going really well. I'm not sure if it's coincidence or not, but each time I go into ketosis (as evidenced by that taste in my mouth and a sudden weight loss) I seem to suffer terribly with sinus trouble. I don't know whether it is seasonal (spring time here - and this is the first year in a long time I haven't suffered major sneezing fits), some sniffle bug that passes round at work, or whether it is somehow related to my diet. It eally leaves me feeling like crap. When that kicked in, I upped my D3 intake. If it was some kind of cold/bug it didn't last that long ( a couple of days) but it sure had me feeling miserable.
I did an LHT yesterday, and managed close to the same results that I had when I last did them, except for my front plank - that sucked big time.
Since then I've been working on greasing the groove with 1 x 5 push ups. Next week's groove will be pull-ups, I need to master those bastards.
The primal chooks are excellent, we are currently getting 3 eggs a a day from the four of the ladies, and the eggs are getting to be a decent size. Too bad that any sane financial model would still value the eggs at around $50 per LOL.
Just being out in the pen and watching them is priceless though
Just yesterday at work, I got an email from a colleague with a few acres who is looking to offload home raised grass fed ground beef and sausages at a good price. My guess is that he kept all of the prime cuts and a few of the extras and is running out of freezer space. I don't mind that
Then a couple of guys asked if I'd be keen to join them on a motorcycle run. I'm always keen for that so asked where they were headed to. I didn't really need any more convincing when I found out it was here: Welcome to Pokeno Bacon then on to here: Lighthouse at Manukau Heads - Franklin Country and home. Sounds like a good day out to me.
The forest track is closed again, boo hiss. While we're on bad news, I still haven't kicked the diet coke
Martial arts is getting a little frustrating at times. I'm feeling close to testing for my next belt at karate, but then something inevitably happens and I lose confidence in my kata again.
The garden is coming along great, lots of lettuce ready and the cauli and brocs are doing well. Lots of jobs outdoors to tackle at this time of year, still I'm really starting to feel like I need a day away fishing The motorcycle ride should help on the de-stress front anyway.
Food is still going great, mostly primal, although tonight I had rice with veg & pork for dinner, but not too upset over that. I had some dark chocolate for dessert, which was good. A couple of cold left over home-kill sausages for brekksta. 3 scrambled eggs for lunch and a bowl of acidophilus yoghurt and berries just before karate class. Been drinking water or green tea instead of diet coke today - w00t!!
Went for a primal motorcycle ride today. The rest of the lads baled out citing dodgy looking weather and a good chance of rain. We were already in the motorcycling mindset and decided to go for a short pootle anyhow.
Off to Tirau, then Okoroire to Morrinsville, Tahuna, Ohinewai, Cambridge and home. Not bad for a short scoot, and very primal lolz.
This morning one of the chooks decided to jailbreak and go visit the chooks at the neighbours a couple of houses down. Those neighbours were savvy though and kept her on remand until I arranged for extradition back to our place. Rate she's going she'll be lucky to dodge the gas (grill) chamber...
Karate class was good, with enough progress and some good feedback to keep the frustration at bay for the time being.
Tomorrow's meal plan involves a spatchcock chicken - but not the previously fugitive one.
Took some measurements today. The scale had been indicating that for the last month or so I have been on a plateau, and that the 80.3 kg (177 lb) that I saw on my last measurement day was a fluke, and my average is more like 81.5kg plus or minus 0.5kg.
Well if the tape measure and rather cheap inaccurate calipers are to be believed, then the reason for it is that I have gained 1.6kg (3.5 lb) of lean mass and lost 1.2 kg (2.6lb) of fat.
I've put a centimetre on my chest and lost it from my waist.
I was expecting good things from the measure session, since I have had that ketosis taste in my mouth for much of the last two weeks.
I'm really happy with the BF result.
Have just now taken delivery of 15kg of home-grown, grass fed, South Waikato, New Zealand BEEF! None of the prime cuts, but I'm good with that. $2 a kg cheaper than the stupidmarket price and delivered to my door.
Ok, so night shifts over for another week. YAY! 24 hour break day today, and being Friday it's dinner out with my harem
On waking today the scale has dipped under the 80kg mark.
After a quick nap from 9a to noonish it was a quick shower and then "Doctor visit time". I don't much enjoy going there, the waiting room puts me in mind of Gay Panda's shopping trolleys and ATM machines to the power of 512.
Anyway, since I have been more active lately, I have been experiencing a flare up of an old, old knee injury, and for the first time in the last 20 years, I could actually see and feel a large hard lump where the pain is coming from. Maybe prior to this it was buried in a nice layer of fat?
Since Dad has had to have his his prostate removed in the last few months, the family has been bugging me to get a check up.
So it was time. Let's do this. I was expecting that this would involve a PSA blood test.
New lady doctor that I've never met before, ok.
Explain the bit about t5he knee flare ups and roll up the pants leg. Instantly she spots the lump and whacks it. This lady has frikken HUGE hands, and she gives it a wee bash around. Says "Yup that's bone, and that's ligament swelling - old injury aggravation - harden up, get some anti-flam gel/cream if you must and carry on. Sweet as. I can deal with that. She is Eastern European, and in my mind I am replaying the scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "It's not a toomah!"
Next we talk about the bloods. After tapping on her keyboard a few times she says "Yes it's probably time to do some blood work, you've been coming to this practice since 2008 and we have never done any"
So I get to do a fairly full suite of fasted bloods:
Liver/enzymes - liver group
Renal - electrolytes
renal - Creatinine
diabetes - glucose
lipids - lipid group - fasting
prostate - PSA
thyroid - TSH
ESR - Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
I told her that I expected high total cholesterol, but am expecting that it would be mostly "the good one". She seemed ok with that idea. I am going to have to follow up with them to get the results, unless there is anything of concern, they won't contact me at all. So I will need to remember to do that.
The thought had occurred to me to get tested for Vit D, since I am supplementing and maybe T levels, but perhaps that is just over complicating my life? I don't know if those are included in this suite or not. I guess if there is anything odd in these results we will do more analysis and I can ask then.
3 doctor's visits in 4 years isn't too bad is it? I hope I'm not becoming a hypochondriac.