Today was a cardio only day, but it was also the first day of my Chris Aceto nutrition program. As mentioned yesterday (Mission 2, Day 69: Ending the week strong), I decided to start things off with a high carb day. 440 grams of carbs is the most carbs I've eaten in over a year. By mid-day I could definitely see a difference in my energy levels. I was in a great mood and bouncing around from place to place as I did my errands. It is exciting when you see changes in your body like that. While it isn't a physique change, it is definitely going to play into the entire physique transformation because the added energy will help me take my workouts to a new level.
I've decided to only focus on PACE cardio for the next 30 days. In order to determine if things work or do not work, you have to give them a fair chance. The PACE program wants you to drop weight training entirely, but you all know I won't do that. However, it also makes it clear that for the program to work, you have to follow its cardio guidelines. Hence, I am not going to do HIIT or steady state cardio at all. I will focus 100% on PACE sessions. Watch for the accountability log tomorrow (Sunday) for the minor plan modifications I am making. The changes are nothing major, involving mostly an increase in calories, a change in the high carb/low carb pattern I've been following and a change in macronutrient ratios along with the aforementioned cardio program change.
With just 30 days until my big reveal, I am trying extremely hard to manage every little bit of my nutritional plan. Most likely I will find a meal plan that works for low days and another one that works for high days and then just stick with those two plans for the month. I know that might sound boring to alot of you, but the fact is when you have something that works, it is much easier to be compliant if you just replicate it over and over again. This takes the guess work out of the picture entirely. As for adaptation, as mentioned in Mission 2, Day 67: Avoiding adaptation I am going to track my results (as usual) and add more low carb days if the results plateau. That will enable me to deal with adaptation to my nutritional program.
Joni commented in her blog that she thinks she's gotten thinner until she looks at her pictures. I found that to be an extremely interesting comment. I personally don't think I look thinner until I look at my pictures. When I compare Mission 1, Day 1 to today, I see amazing differences in my physique. Am I happy with the pace of the progress? No. Do I understand what has happened to slow things down? Yes, for the most part, I do. At the same time, when other people say you look thinner, that's more likely to be the truth. We are our own worst critics. We don't give ourselves enough credit–ever. When you think you haven't lost any inches, check out your clothes, check out what other people say, compare your older pictures to your most recent pictures and you'll see the difference. This is why daily accountability pictures are the key to a successful transformation. Without that regular feedback you won't know how you are doing.
I am getting very excited for my friend, Mike Groom's, reveal. Mike is looking awesome right now so I know the reveal is going to blow us all away. This guy works hard in the gym and lifts some heavy weights. I encourage you to check out his blog.
It is also getting very interesting as the Beach Body Shred continues for Suzette, Lilla, Debbieand Joni. Please visit their blogs and help to hold them accountable. They have some awesome goals and I guarantee you will enjoy reading each of their blogs.
|Week Begins 4/6/2008|
|M1 *||5:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||5:30 a.m.|
|M2 *||8:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|M3 *||11:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|M4 *||2:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||2:30 p.m.|
|M5 *||5:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||5:30 p.m.|
|M6 *||7:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Water *||264 oz||264 oz||264 oz||264 oz||240 oz||240 oz||240 oz|
|Post-workout nutrition *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pre-sleep nutrition *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cals within 5% (+/-) *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mission 2 Total Complete||919||934||949||964||979||994||1009|
|Mission 2 Total Possible||945||960||975||990||1005||1020||1035|
|* = Counts towards total|
|Mission 2: Day 70 of 100|
|Meal/Training Plan: Real-time accountability|
|Day 70: April 12, 2008|
|5:30 a.m.||Meal 1: Protein shake with banana and Udos and oatmeal and yogurt and 3 glasses of water|
|5:30 a.m.||Supplements: Animal Pak, Glucosamine Chondroiten, calcium, chromium, glutamine, BCAAs|
|6:00 a.m.||Workout: PACE Cardio – Treadmill – 24 minutes|
|7:00 a.m.||Supplements: Protein shake, BCAAs, glutamine|
|9:00 a.m.||Meal 2: 1 egg, 5 egg whites, oatmeal, large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|12:00 p.m.||Meal 3: Protein shake with banana and Udos and Oatmeal mixed with non-fat milk, large salad, and 3 glasses of water|
|3:00 p.m.||Meal 4: Chicken, brown rice, large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|6:00 p.m.||Meal 5: Chicken breast, brown rice, large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|8:30 p.m.||Supplements: Casein protein shake, glutamine, calcium and 3 glasses of water|
|PACE Cardio – Treadmill||24 minutes|
Thought for the Day:
Embrace change because without it life is an extremely dull and boring thing.
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!