Hey all. Sorry for not posting more frequently. I just haven't had a whole lot to say. I've been eating pretty well lately, but I've been having some nasty sugar cravings lately. I've fought off most of them, but there have been a few times where I broke down. I'm not really sure where these are coming from, since 90% of the time I eat only healthy stuff (meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and some milk and whole grains). So I'm not really causing myself to have the "sugar rollercoaster" like I used to, and all the fat I eat keeps me very satiated. It's almost like a drug craving. I used to smoke, and I've noticed that the sugar cravings are almost precisely the same feeling as the urge to smoke. My body and brain are still not free from their physical addiction to sugar. What probably needs to happen is for me to remove any refined carbohydrates from my diet, and increase my fibrous carb sources so that my body will get reacquainted with a lower carb way of life. I think the few times that I've given in are only serving to increase the cravings rather than to actually satiate them.
This weekend was great. I worked out on Saturday and Sunday, although Sunday was just playing basketball and handball with my buddy. My hands are pretty much healed up now from the damage I did last week, so I can do pull-ups again. I haven't had a chance to workout yet this week due to work, but I plan on getting a workout in tonight. 5x5 back squats for the win. I didn't get an accurate weigh-in this morning (I forgot to weigh myself before I ate breakfast) but I'm averaging about 197.5, so it's coming down slowly. I need to simply reign in my calories a tiny bit, and increase my activity a tiny bit, and I'll be fine.