This post should have been up 2 weeks ago but I’m lazy. I was also too busy writing this which I posted last week. This blog has turned into a nice mix of therapy and sharing food ideas.
This summer I challenged myself to get some shit done. So I did it. Normally when people take on a task of losing weight they focus on what they will look like at the end of a 90 day challenge. I saw June – August as a way to learn about how my body deals with food and exercise. Think of it as a body hacking experiment. After keeping a food journal I learned a few things:
- My portions were ridiculously big
- Intermittent fasting is fucking stupid
- I needed to up my cardio
- Alcohol is yummy and missed during the summer
- Mindset is EVERYTHING
I went to Be Well in Morristown and spoke with owner Marisa Sweeney about 60 days into my challenge. She just happens to geek out on nutrition which is why I reached out to her. I was confused why my weight loss wasn’t extreme like everyone else I see on google, facebook, wherever. Like these people:
Turns out that my food choices were awesome but my portions were kind of stupid. She educated me on how to eat and also gave me a little guide on how one can use their hand to portion food. Here it is:
Apparently I was eating about 3 “hands” of protein per meal. I am sure some work out maniacs can handle that but for now I need to RELAX on the amount of dead animal I consume.
Another set back was August. Beer crept back into the mix and made me drink it. I didn’t want to but it’s very persuasive. I have now refocussed and reached out to a buddy of mine, Chris from CrossFit 13 Stars, with a challenge for both of us. 30 Days of:
- CrossFit 4 times/week
- 2 extra days of cardio
- 3 drinks per week (Minus this Saturday because I am hosting a Clown Bar Crawl in Morristown)
- Paleo eating
- 1 Cheat Meal per week
The penalty for failing any of the following will be 100 burpees for each fail. Yup.
You have to challenge yourself every day because life doesn’t end after 30 or 90 days. I know I will not live a perfect life but I am doing my best to live better and not the opposite of that. I’ve made some great gains but I’m not even close to accomplishing my goal(s).
Here’s to another 30. And then another. And another. You can see where I am going with this.