You are definitely disciplined. If it can be done, you can do it.
It's rainy outside today so I decided it's the time for me to start a journal.
A bit about me. I'm did biochem/chemical engineering for my undergrad majors and now I'm a law student. I love the science-y articles that MDA and its forum have linked me to.
Stats/Goals: I'm 5'9", literally "large-boned" and a pant size USA 4ish (vanity sizing!). I hope to reach size 2 and 18-19% bf eventually. I don't have a weight goal since I'm lifting weights and I gain muscle easily.
Diet: Currently I'm doing the steak & eggs (VLC) challenge + calorie cycling (1000 days with 2200-2300 cal days) + carb refeeding once a week as primally as possible. I plan on continuing S&E until either I don't feel healthy or until I reach my goal.
Exercise: I'm doing weight lifting 3-5x a week, slow-paced/high-resistance elliptical 6x a week well below cardio heart rate, and HIIT on treadmill 1x a week. I rest 1 day per week. I also salsa dance and go on long walks with friends for fun a couple times a week.
Here it goes! I hope this journal keeps me accountable.
You are definitely disciplined. If it can be done, you can do it.
The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.
Oh no, a law student! What year are you? If you're a IL, drop out now; it's not too late! The legal field SUCKS big time. Go to grad school and get a master's in ChemE. Thereafter, get a job as an engineer. You'll be a more productive member of society, have a better job, and be happier overall. I have a science background as well (master's in chemistry), and I'm a lawyer. Going to law school was the biggest mistake of my life.
I can always get a master's after my J.D. I have a full ride so I might as well stick it out. I don't plan on being a lawyer for forever... I want to do patent litigation for a few years at a big law firm, go in-house, and then try to make it into management. I also speak Chinese so I could help companies expand into China. (This is all overly ambitious of course and might not happen).
I had a full ride too, but it was still the biggest mistake of my life. And I felt the same way as you, full ride so might as well. I also wanted to do patent work (I wanted to do prosecution though) and then go in-house, but I couldn't get a job at a big firm because the economy sucked. Now I'm stuck at a mid-sized firm doing litigation that's completely unrelated to patent law. But, hey, if you can get a patent law job, that would be cool, maybe. I bet it's pretty boring too though. Actually, I always thought that patent law was boring. The entire field is boring, except con law, but good luck getting a con law job.
Week 3 of S&E. Scale isn't moving but I'm gaining strength in my weight training rapidly so I guess I must be getting leaner (building muscle+ losing fat)?
I'm starting my internship next week and currently trying to decide what exercise portions to cut down since I'll be working, learning salsa, hanging out with friends, and studying for the patent bar. I might cut some of the elliptical sessions since they are time-consuming.
I also hope I can find a way to continue eating S&E while working. The low-cal days aren't hard since I fast until dinner. For the 2000-2200 cal days I might just pack some hard-boiled eggs for lunch and then only have 1 meal of actual steak for dinner.
Hopefully there won't be too many random lunch outings for work. I already know I have to eat lunch with the hiring coordinator next Thursday. I guess I will just get something meat-based and not sweat the fact that it's not strictly S&E.
Lower calorie day today. I went over 2200 yesterday because I didn't realize my date to the theatre also included a late night dinner. I ended up eating a small piece of salmon (not S&E, but still animal and definitely primal...so I don't feel too bad).
After being pushed to share a lasagna sampling platter I had to finally tell my date about my primal diet and my S&E challenge. NOT exactly something I want to bring up with someone I'm dating. He was very understanding about it though. Good sign.
Since I was over calories yesterday I think I'm going to eat quite little today...just some hardboiled eggs? Tomorrow is carb refeed! After reading the cold cereal thread on this forum I am suddenly craving rice chex. Cuban rice and carnitas and mashed plantains also await me at the Cuban Salsa & Brunch. Yum.
"Carb refeed day." Ate a delicious Cuban brunch (pork shoulder, rice, tiny bit of black beans, tiny bit of fried plantains, salsa). Also had a few frozen bananas. Did indulge in a small ice cream and a selfmade gluten-free blueberry muffin as well. Over all a good day with mostly carbs and lean protein.
I noticed while tying my sneakers to go to the gym for my fasted workout...that I have a new "crevice" in my ankle where I did not before. Apparently I had FAT ANKLES without noticing it. I love how fat is coming off every place on my body except for my belly...
-2 hours of strength training + HIIT (1 hr squats/deadlifts/lunges/pushups/situps; 0.5 hr isolation exercises 2 sets per body part; 0.5 hr HIIT of jogging uphill/walking flat on treadmill).
-1ish hour of salsa dancing for fun at the Cuban brunch.
-1ish hour of walking around the waters around by the waters overlooking Manhattan.
Sunday is always my most active day. Tons of walking and dancing on top of my usual heavy Sunday gym routine.
End of week 3 of S&E. Onwards to week 4. I might continue S&E after week 4 but add in one extra day of carb refeed that is just more of just eating a huge chopped salad and 2 bananas on Wednesdays. I think I'm only at 20-21% body fat but I might start needing a second refeed day for mental break if this is to be done for the long haul.
Tomorrow is going to be tough. IF until dinnertime.
Fasting till dinner failed today... first day at work = being treated to lunch. Got a steak salad without dressing and ate the steak. Then it was a weird day at work and I somehow felt justified to eat a bar of dark chocolate (oops).
In any case, decided today was going to be a higher calorie day and went ahead and ate ribeye & eggs for dinner. Going to try fasting tomorrow now that I have one day of decently low-carb day. I really want to fast after my day of carb refeed to take advantage of the sped up metabolism but I find myself much more peckish after carb days. It didn't help I couldn't fall asleep last night so was low on sleep today.
Going to the gym now. Going to do arms & shoulders + 1 hr of slow moving on the elliptical.