Hey, sorry for the absence. I felt bad that I didn't have any real good news to post. And I still don't. After trying different things, and not getting a real answers, I decided to take some drastic steps.
First I gave myself some time off the diet. I've been eating like crap the past 5 days. I've kept track of calories. It's remarkable how on the salads it's a challenge to get up to even 1,500 calories. But a fast food place can throw on 2,700 calories in a single meal. I'm averaging between 5k and 6k calories per day. I've been keeping up on my swimming most days. I have not weighed myself yet, and I'm dreading do so. I'm just hoping to get a reset on my metabolism.
Second, I've been beyond frustration with the lack of help from the "pros". I've come to the conclusion most dieticians don't know any more than we do. I don't claim to be an expert in fitness and nutrition, but I've been in business long enough to detect when someone's full of s**t. But there are genuine experts out there.
I remember watching an interview with George Lucas about working on the original Star Wars. He talked about all the stuff he did that had never been done before, and all the problems he encountered. But he was able to hire John Williams to score the film. Lucas said he had hardly any input, but when he showed up he was thrilled at the results. And I don't think anyone of can imagine that opening crawl without the Williams soundtrack. It was the only thing that went right without a hitch. The moral of the story, according to Lucas, that when you can, hire the best.
With all that being said, I thought long and hard about who the best would be in this space. And I think I made a pretty good choice. I'll share who it is when I have my first meal/workout plan. But I'll tell you that we would all agree his results are superhuman.
He's currently putting together a custom plan for me, but did give me some initial feedback. According to him I was taking in far too few calories and wants me to keep my calories around 2,300 per day, as well as pump up my protein. So, I'll be going back to the salads tomorrow and adding a protein shake to boost the protein and calories.
I'll start posting here more regularly. Hopefully I'll have more positive things to share than these past few weeks.