So I know posting on here has been non-existent lately, but there have been a lot of things going on in our lives to really keep up to date with posting regularly.
To keep you filled in goalie practice continues to go well, but I have not played any games as of late. Mainly because I am still very jaded by my recent experiences with the last beer league team. I have started playing some more lacrosse, as of late, which is nice because I can alternate between the two sports. While hockey will always be my favorite it is nice to be able to run around on the field in a sport other than hockey. The other interesting thing is that since in lacrosse it’s necessary to be comfortable using both hands to catch and throw the ball it is forcing me to work on my weaker left hand. This should be beneficial for playing goalie when stick-handling, since I am normally a right handed shot when skating out but playing goalie requires me to be left handed.
In terms of fitness we have both started a cutting plan to lose weight. Our previous attempts had not gone so well, so Liz had suggested trying the Buff Dudes cutting plan. The Buff Dudes run a website and YouTube channel dedicated to workouts and fitness, but they do it in a way that is scientifically based rather being more gym-bro science.
So to get started we calculated our TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) and then subtracted 500 calories from that. That number is the total number of calories we are permitted a day on the diet. Mine came out to be about 2000 calories after the subtraction of 500 calories. Since I’m pretty big at 6 foot 272lbs when starting the cutting plan this makes sense. After about 2 and a half weeks on the plan I’ve lost 5lbs. As for Liz, with cutting 500 calories, she’s at 1330 calories each day and she’s also lost 5 lbs. since starting the plan.
Diet & Exercise:
The hardest part was adjusting to the diet restrictions of this plan. It some definite trial and error before finding the right balance of food and snacks to keep me from being too hungry but also get enough protein and carbs to still be able to function without my body starting to eat in to my muscle for energy. It’s still a bit of a challenge because both Liz and I are have chosen to eat predominantly as pescatarians (with the occasional burger-cheat meal thrown in).
We track our diet on the “Lose It” app. I personally like it a bit more than “Myfitness Pal” because it has a bit more realistic calorie counts for the food and exercise, and the user interface is a bit more intuitive. Liz really likes it because it has a feature for tracking macros. On the BuffDudes plan they really emphasize a 40% Protein, 40% Carb, 20% Fat breakdown so having a way to track that has been really useful.
In terms of exercise, we are lifting three times a week doing a full body routine 3 days a week incorporating some Squats, deadlifts, and chest presses at 5×5 and others at 3×10. Honestly I could write it all out but it would be a bit time consuming. If you’re interested I can refer you to the Buff Dudes website (BuffDudes.us) for examples of the types of workouts that are included in their cutting plan.
For cardio, I feel we have to be better about incorporating it in to our workouts. I personally want to start running more again. I have a feeling the reason I got so heavy is because I stopped running as much and focused entirely on hockey, and while hockey is still exercise it’s not nearly as much stress on the skeletal system as running-type sports are. On top of that, we have been going to stick time once a week. Rather than face shots we work on movement fundamentals as a semi-HIIT workout. I will post the one ice workout in a separate post.
I also have the intent to do a weekly lacrosse workout on the field to work on my lacrosse skills, particularly my weak hand (Left) shooting, but those will be posted in a different post.
Alright well I think that is it for this update. Until next time.