Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yoga Challenge Day 1

Yep, I started early. Admittedly, I'm selectively OCD and like to start all things on Mondays.

I will have this dude's quads.
Today is my first day doing 2 things. And I have a reason for both. So, I started my 30 day yesterday. My yoga bff, Mona, had mentioned she would start yesterday and well... I like having a buddy and support system so I figured, "Hey! Why not?!" in addition to my selective OCD.

Secondly, I'm starting a trial run of a competition diet. During my first trial run of carb cycling, I knew that wasn't for me. First of all, I can't handle only tuna & lettuce on some days and have lots of brown rice on another. I can't cycle. Period.

What am I good at? Doing the same thing over and over. Yes, insanity. Hence my repetitive diet plans and my love for a yoga that repeats the same class everytime. Same postures, different experience. :)

I'm trying a version of a Ketogenic diet that will hopefully help me from losing muscle during my 30 Day Yoga Challenge whilst burning fat. Again, I'm also continuing my lifting and training in the AM starting next week- I'm leaving this week to yoga only to let my body adjust. And yesterday, I was actually really excited about this! Until today when the brain fog set in. I keep wondering when that and the headache will go away. On the other side of it, I'm positive that if I can put in 30 days of it while doing the Yoga Challenge then it will be the correct diet for prep in a couple months. I'm also positive that if I can get through 30 days of yoga while on this diet I will have no problem completing 100 classes during Teacher Training.

Ahhhh for the love of goals. :)


  1. Can you explain the keto diet? I've heard of it but I don't get it at all!

  2. Absolutely! The basic idea is that you split your macros into a 30/5/65% based on your appropriate calorie intake (although, I've heard that you can slightly elevate your caloric intake and still lose fat). For someone on an 1800 calroie diet it would look like 135g protein, 22g Carbs, and 130g Fat.
    The idea is that when your body has no carbohydrates (sugar) to function off of and you give it enough fatty acids from your diet, your body will begin to purely burn fat for energy. And given the right amount of protein you can expect that your body will not break down muscle for energy. Mind you, I'm not a nutritionist or a trainer... just someone who researches before I do anything. :)
    One of the cool things, in my opinion, is that when your body goes into Ketosis (which occurs after a metabolic shift) your body will excrete ketones which is a fatty break down and are literally measurable in the urine. So you can see that you are peeing out fat!
    Many people argue that it is bad for your heart, but I beg to differ. If it is done right with clean fats (i.e. olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil), then those will aid in developing the good cholesterol in your heart to clear out the bad. :)
    The only down side is for some people the metabolic shift can take anywhere from 3 days to a week during which you can experience what I call "Brain Fog"... I'm not totally sure how this feels for others but for me it feels like a headache coupled with fatigue.
    Many people use this diet for bulking or cutting. It works well for both. :) Definitely do research on it if you're interested.