I did my second day of lifting following the Big 3 protocol!!! I did my workout fasted and I felt great! I have no idea how heavy the weights I should be using would be but I’m using what I’ve got 🙂 Dan’s mom fortunately has a pretty well stocked gym with a home barbell set. The weights all together add up to 30kg which I realize is not really that heavy but it seems to be good for me to start with. I did end up being a little sore from day 1 and I felt it today. I’m getting an idea of where my strength is, but I have a feeling I’m going to be getting stronger fast – so I’m going to look for additional weight plates at the store today as well as a pull up bar.
I feel like the first two weeks of any program is just getting my bearings and setting up habits but so far so good. I like the 16 hour fast / 8 hour eating window idea and it feels good on my body. I’m keeping it simple – no numbers. I’m just eating more carb/lower fat on lifting days and low carb/more fat on non lifting days. It’s possible for big changes I’d need to calculate macronutrient amounts but for now I’m not going to do that, I’m just keeping it as easy as possible. I’ve never “carb cycled” but I get the idea behind it. I’m playing with which 8 hour window is best but it seems the magic time right now is 2pm-10pm for eating. I have some go to’s – soups w/ veg and oats in yogurt with dried fruit on lifting days / eggs and veg and yogurt (I’m allowing plain yogurt as a low carb because it’s cheap and accessible to me, for now. If my body doesn’t change then I’ll get hardcore) on non lifting days.
So far though, my legs have not puffed up huge over night (my biggest fear) and I’ve actually lost nearly a kilo just in 3 days – most of that was alcohol birthday weight but still 🙂