Trying Something New

So the working out took a bit of a hit last week. My oldest daughter and I were both under the weather. I worked out twice, but it was a deliberate decision. I didn’t want to push my body and set myself back. Saturday I was able to hit a row and a EMOM, so that felt like a good end to the week.

For a while, Julie and I have talked about our approach to diet. To me, I want to change behavior and create routines that allow us to reduce the number of decisions that we make on a weekly basis. These take up time and although we need variety, we don’t need that much of it. I think we’ve spent more time talking about what we should cook instead of cooking something and eating dinner with our kids.

So we’ve done a 30 day paleo challenge. It felt good, but it didn’t create the ongoing behavior change. It’s very restrictive and we struggled to stay full. There is a part to food for us that is beyond eating, it’s enjoying the food. I know it’s an excuse and we could’ve worked to make it happen, but it was a lot of decisions with a lot of failure.

We decided to try to the Slow Carb Diet made famous by Tim Ferriss. The idea is to take out most of the bleached, white carbs but to maintain focus by using legumes (beans, lentils, etc) to create satiety with vegetables and protein. From a food preparation perspective, it is a little easier to create larger meals at a price that we can afford. Also, the cheat day once a week gives us something to look forward to and put the cravings into a day.

Will this work? I don’t know. I’m not looking for a silver bullet, I’m looking for a way to change behavior. If I look at my body and the photos I’ve taken, i would put myself somewhere between 28-35% bodyfat at 240 pounds. While I was a rugby player, I was happy being heavy as it allowed me to play. Now, I don’t want the weight. It slows me down, causes more wear than is necessary on my joints, and it serves no purpose. My goal is to drop to 10-15% bodyfat…the weight is the weight. I don’t know what I can be or what I am supposed to be. If I’m able to function, spend time with my family, and workout with friends then that’s what I’m looking for. I know that I’m going to have to take care of my body as I age, I put it through a lot when I was younger. Hopefully, a slightly lower start point on the bodyfat percentage will help with faster recovery in the long run.

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