After this past weekend’s re-feed I finally had a decent weight gain, but for the first time, I didn’t go back down the 2nd day, I went UP another pound!! Quickly I emailed Pauline (my mentor and online coach) who re-assured me that this is completely normal. Plus she poo-pooed my ‘measly’ gain of 4.5 lbs (only a little over 2 kilos!) and said that I’m probably growing more muscle now, and that my muscles are becoming better at storing glycogen. What happens is that when you start re-feeding, most will go to heat expenditure first, then develop into more glycogen. She re-assured me that after 3 days I would be good – and boy was she right! From yesterday to this morning I’ve dropped FIVE POUNDS – it’s incredible! Since I’m such a ‘virgin’ still to the re-feed concept, I can’t help but be amazed at how you can manipulate your body and tweak it even more.
Because I’m getting leaner now, I’ve been struggling with some mood variations – one day I feel on top of the world, only to feel like crap the next and that’s when the doubt starts to creep in. I’m not making any progress, every effort at the gym is useless, etc. I have to remind myself that it will get tougher and tougher to see results, the more fit you become, and I still have a lot to learn in getting to know my body and how it reacts to certain things. At the gym, I am now focusing more on ONE body part at the time, and working that one part harder and heavier than ever before, and as a result I get tired out more easily but it’s a great feeling in the end! As I’m getting closer and closer to show time, it’s becomes more and more important how I spend my time at the gym, how much time, and also how I choose to feed my body, how much, when, what, etc. I am just grateful I am beginning to learn the complex science of the body and that, although I might now see it daily or even weekly now, I’m improving my physique and becoming fitter, stronger and leaner along the way!