As mentioned previously, I have learned that I have been approaching fat loss wrong. Especially for the amount of strength training I do. I was stalling fat loss instead of accelerating it because I wasn't feeding my body the fuel it needs. I am very thankful for Eat to Perform for helping me come to my senses.
Changing our metabolism to become a fat burner is a gradual long term process. It requires our mindset to change. If we think about weight loss as a quick fix we set ourselves up for roller coaster rides with the scale and our fat mass. I refuse to train and condition my body the way I have been only to have all of the effort go to waste should I need to take some time off. We should also never approach fat loss as a destination: "Once I lose this fat I can go back to what I was doing before." or "I can't wait until I can gorge myself on anything I want again." Those thoughts just defeat our tomorrow's self with the inevitable fat accumulation we will experience when you are "done dieting." Those thoughts also do nothing to overcome the temptations we reformed gluttons have.
This will be the new post located in the upper right corner of the blog page. If you'd like to follow my progress, I will be posting my daily activity here. If you'd like to join in with me you are, again, more than welcome. If you're still kicking the can down the road, my hope and prayer is that you will return to this post in November and be encouraged.
First goal date: August 30
Goal: to have dropped below 30% body fat (Bod Pod)
I have joined the Eat to Perform three month challenge. This half way visit to the Bod Pod will let me know my progress so I can adjust my macronutrients if need be.
I will continue to workout (strength training, WOD) five times per week between now and then. (I will add a third rest day if my performance starts to drop).
I will be eating ~2389 calories on my loading days (workout days) consisting of 150 grams of protein, 120 grams of fat, and 177 grams of carbohydrates. *
On my control days (rest days) I will be eating ~2150 calories, consisting of 150 grams of protein, 120 grams of fat, and 117 grams of carbohydrates. *
*I will adjust these numbers as need be based on energy level and performance at the gym.
Here are my before numbers: Age 38, height 68", body fat 31.6%, weight 175.5 lbs.
Measurements: bust 39", waist (narrowest part) 32", hips (widest part) 43", thigh (widest part) 24"
Questions for you weight lifters/Crossfitters:
PR's in which lifts best demonstrate increased performance ie.muscle gain?
Which measurements am I missing that will show fat loss/muscle gain?
For those of you who have been reading since I started this blog, remember when I wrote:
If you could see what I do when I am challenged you would understand what "now let me at the truth" looks like. Visualize someone frantically searching their home for a lost diamond ring. Tearing apart the couch cushions, pulling everything down from shelves, and leaving no item unturned. I don't just look something up or casually read a book, I devour information until I can achieve a balance again in my life.Well that's been me for the last week (prior to that I was just too tired to think and in need of more real food). My blogging time will continue to be sporadic until I have achieved mastery of this eating program.