That is why I stopped using this new DailyBurn. The tracker is the most important thing to me. It's an annoyance to have to log in to both sites, and even more of an annoyance that they aren't connected at all and there's no link for the tracker site.
Even though fruit is healthy, it is still going to have an impact on your blood sugar. My rule is not to eat any fruit after 2:00 PM, so it will have less impact on glucose levels. I also make sure not to eat too much fruit, especially if I am not doing an endurance exercise. So yes, it can be "bad" for you if you eat too much fruit due to all those carbs.
I haven't been following his actual diet plan, but I've been reading his blog and looking at his photos on fit2fat2fit.com for awhile with a lot of interest. I'll be very interested to see his final results.
What is your body fat percentage? The main way to get defined abs is to cut body fat to at least 10% (men). If it's possible for you to get down to around 7% you will see even more definition. The more adipose tissue you have surrounding those muscles, the less defined they will be.
This might be a dumb question, but do you actively work your lower back muscles? And even more importantly, do you do a lot of core work? I know this isn't really answering your question about how to "deal" with it, but if you have a strong core to begin with, it will greatly reduce lower back pain.
I never workout when sick
Most of mine are pretty recent and just based on articles I've seen. Lately my rules are:
No fruit after 2:00
No high gi carbs after 5:00
No eating after 7:00 (I usually go to bed around 10).
No dairy (this is a new one and I don't really know how effective it is, but I'm trying it out)
Protein at every meal/snack
At least 7 hours sleep.
My main goal was to keep up with my calorie count. Previously I used Fitday for the last 7 years, but I found that DailyBurn has such a larger food database. I can easily find almost any food I eat on DB without having to search through pages and pages like I did on Fitday. I like to count calories because it keeps me honest. I am a bit of a freak about it, but I know if I eat that one peanut butter cup mini at work, I'll have to add it to DB and my calorie count will increase by 40 calories. A single tiny piece of candy may not mean much at the time, but seeing the impact of it staring at your screen makes a big difference.
I usually get about 6.5, which I think really negatively affects my workouts the next day and my gains from the previous workouts (since you build muscle during rest). Lately I have become a big convert to the theory that sleep is extremely important to getting results, and you need a minimum of 7 hours a night. If you're only able to get 5, you might want to at least try to add an extra hour. Something else you may want to try is to use a web site like sleepytime.fm to ensure that you wake up at the end of a REM cycle (which occurs every 90-110 minutes and don't feel so groggy.
Just realized you have to actually do them from within the workout. That makes sense!
Today's challenge are Prisoner Squats, however I can't find a place to actually enter my results. It just has a question mark under my name. Am I missing something?
I think most would agree that Manduka is the best, but it comes at a steep price. I used a regular yoga mat for about a year for crunches and yoga, but it slid around too much. I bought the Manduka BlackMatPRO 85-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat and have not regretted it. It is $108.00, but it has extra padding in it so it is great for plyometrics or anything where I jump around a lot and don't want to injure my foot. It is almost 30% thicker than a regular yoga mat, so it's not very portable and pretty heavy, but I use it at my house so I don't mind. Plus it is over a foot longer than a regular mat, which works out much better for my 6' body.
Next one down would be Aurorae Northern Lights, which run around $40 - $50.
If you're just getting into yoga and want something inexpensive, you can get a YogaAccessories mat for under $20.
I've heard Tim Ferriss (author of the 4 hour body) say you should get 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. I don't know what that is based on, but I will usually try to get 150-200 calories in my body at least 30 minutes before working out first thing in the morning. I will wake up at 5 AM and drink a 200 calorie protein shake, then go back to bed for 45 minutes, then get up at 5:45 and workout, since I think it takes around that much time for that food to be available to your body as energy.
I've also heard you can burn fat more efficiently if you have an empty stomach while you work out. The idea being that your body won't have any simple carbs in it after not eating for 8+ hours, so your body turns to fat. However I think it makes much more sense to eat before working out. If you're properly hydrated and have eaten, you'll have more energy, which will allow you to work harder and push yourself more, causing more stress to your muscles.
I'll do about 3 cups of spinach, an ounce or two of feta cheese, then top it with one of those Starkist Zesty Lemon Tuna packs, or their salmon pack, and a low cal dressing. If I'm going out, I'll do Chick Fil A grilled chicken sandwich wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun.
For a quick option, I'll do a smoothie.
I'd suggest you start taking some pictures. That is one of the best ways to see actual changes if you can't tell by the scale. I'll do pictures about every 90 days. My scale can be deceiving, so pictures along with measurements is one of the only ways I can see a difference.
You can always throw your scale away. Or take the batteries out and put it in your attic. You have to get out of the mindset that how much you weigh is important. Instead of writing down how much you weigh, write down how much more weight you lifted or how much easier a workout has become for you.