Barbells, Food and Jojo

Join me as I navigate through my love for Olympic Weightlifting, Flexible Dieting and Life

The black and white of dieting is fairly simple: eat less, move more, calories in, calories out. Be consistent and watch yourself transform. Right? Well, generally speaking, yes. But unfortunately, not always. Just like life, dieting is not always so black and white.

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Perhaps you know someone that despite training hard, eating at a deficit with properly balanced macronutrients/micronutrients and recovering appropriately, they just can’t seem to lose weight? More often than not, factors at fault include:

  • “Ghost Bites” – aka those bites of your coworkers dessert, those mindless bites while you prepared your meal, those random bites of various snacks at work, those unmeasured spoonfuls of peanut butter, always eating out and guesstimating, etc. They all add up!
  • Not Actually in a Deficit – They may not be burning as much as they think they are in their training, therefore, not being in a true caloric deficit (more on this later). Or, eating more than they think they are in comparison to their output. Yes, it is true, sometimes in dieting, to get to a specific goal, you have to be in a lower deficit than you think you need to be in. Harsh truth.

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It’s been ages, guys.

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I started the draft of this post FOUR months ago, and never got around to finishing it. Multiple reasons account to why, and I’ll go into some of those reasons in a follow-up post. This post has a purpose and its purpose is…LIFETIME PRs!!! That’s right, not just post op PRs but LIFETIME. This is huge for me, guys. Lifetime PRs were hit on January 14, 2018 and February 16, 2017. To put into perspective:

  • Surgery Date: November 16, 2017
  • Had been dealing with hip pain all of 2016 and about half of 2015

Needless, to say, I hadn’t PR’d snatch, clean & jerk or squats in years. I was beginning to think, this is just how it’s going to be.

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Okay, let me back up here. If you’re a new follower, welcome! You’re in for a treat. If you’re not, then you are all too familiar with most of my woes. Specifically all the bodily woes I mentioned in my Dark Side of Reverse Dieting post and before that in my Random Rambles: Big Ball of Ugh post. Catch up if you must, I’ll wait.

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Guys. I know I suck. No need to tell me. I know it has been a bazillion years since my last post. This post will almost be irrelevant at this point since it happened back in JULY and it is now OCTOBER. I bring shame to the blogging world. But I still want to share this experience with you all! So bear with me…and step back into time with me.

Ladies and gentleman, I have an announcement.

It happened. The day came and went.

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If you’ve been in a never-ending cycle of dieting down and eating minimal total calories without seeing much difference or keep plateauing, chances are your body needs a reverse diet to strengthen your metabolism. What’s a reverse diet, you ask?

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Guys, I haven’t blogged in nearly three months. I know.

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I kept thinking, “I really should blog about what I’m going through.” But then, I would get overwhelmed in thoughts revolving around, “How do I explain it all? Where do I start? How do I not sound like a rambling idiot trying to explain everything?” and much more. I have a very busy brain.

For those of you who have followed my journey for some time now, know that I have been dealing with metabolism and fatigue issues for quite a few years. I thought once I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, that I finally had my answer to why I feel the way I do. I believed the thyroid medication I was put on would alleviate it all once my levels were normalized. Well, that wasn’t the case, unfortunately.

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Another reason that kept me from blogging about this was, to those of you longtime followers, I did not want to sound like a broken record. But then I realized, this is why I have a blog, to share my experiences, good or bad. And who knows, maybe someone out there is going through what I’m going through and also at a loss.

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Well, here we go. First, let me start by asking you fine folk a few questions to let you gauge where I’m at. Let’s say you are following a science based nutrition plan for your goals (adhering to mostly nutrient dense foods),  diligently in the gym Olympic Weightlifting five times a week, including added conditioning, average 6-7 hours of sleep every weeknight (more on weekends), and hydrate with about 70-90 oz of water. What kind of transformation do you think your body would make? The average person that understands what all of the above entails would think, “All of that should yield a pretty healthy, fit person!” You would think, right? Well…

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POW16D7 (Post Op Week 16 Day 7) – I suppose I will keep tracking this until I am back to 100%?

Did you see that? I’m four freakin’ months post hip arthroscopy surgery!

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First of all, a quick, “My baaaaad…” for taking so long to update everyone on how my recovery has been going. I haven’t blogged in over five weeks. Oops.

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