I've been a bit busy the past week with family commitments and a ramp in work in the lead up to Christmas. I expect things to settle over the next few days and will hopefully have a chance to add some useful content to the blog. So where am I now? Dieting is going really well and I think I am much closer to a working formula in terms of nutrition than what I was two weeks ago. The biggest issue I was having with the transition to a low carb diet was the insomnia. Last week I found myself waking up (almost without fail) every night at around 12:30AM, completely alert, and unable to get back to sleep for about 1-1.5hrs. I ended up using this time to research the symptoms. The result of this digging around and recommended treatments was a) magnesium tablets, and b) reichi tea. Thankfully sleep is back to normal, and compared to other cases I read about my experience with this has been reasonably mild in terms of impact. The insomnia for some can go on for months. I don't think the research on this is extensive enough yet to draw any solid conclusions, but the general theory is that caloric deficiency triggers some kind of evolutionary response which then translates to insomnia. In summary, mag tablets, reishi tea, 1hr before bedtime have worked well for me as well as others. The lack of sleep absolutely trashed my focus at work and I was very conscious of the impact this was having on my mood. I'm sure (or hope) the additional meditation (mindfulness) helped me minimise taking out the general grumpiness on others :)
So I'm down to 71kg (fish), approx. 14% body fat according to my Withings scale, and a 8-9 range HRV score on the HRV app of which I take daily readings upon wake up. The HRV scores basically mean my recovery is optimal, and I use this to avoid over training. No sugar cravings or general hunger for that matter.
Training wise, I've substituted my weekly roadie rides with jogging (keeping things to 8min/km pace) and mountain bike work. I've got a long training ride scheduled for this weekend so this will be the ultimate test to gauge what I'm currently seeing. Overall things are looking good.
I'm a 36 year old male from Carwoola, New South Wales, a small rural area situated just outside of Canberra, Australia. I'll be using this blog to share my experiences with training, dieting, and other methods to optimise overall well being. The basic idea behind all of this is to have lots of fun with the learning and experimentation process. It's worth noting that what may work well for me may not work as well for others. I also don't think there are right or wrong answers, as things are constantly changing and evolving.