Week 1of 12: Radical Changes & Results
July 14, 2013 § 9 Comments
As stated in my previous post, I started my Fat Loss Lifestyle 12 week program on July 3rd, 2013. I had started making small changes to my lifestyle three weeks earlier but this program takes things to another level. The biggest change for me was in the area of nutrition.
I have never paid too much attention to my food. I suppose, at times, I would consider what I had heard was “healthy” or “not-healthy” when making food choices but it was never planned. Mostly my choices were based on what looked good or what I knew tasted good to me. I had also gotten into the habit of searching for a food source when it was time to eat. This led to convenience and fast food regularly. The same thing happened when I was thirsty. Why pay $1.50 for bottled water when a 44oz. Mountain Dew is $0.89, right?
Now I am planning what I am going to eat and when based on my goals. I’ve switched the foods I eat almost entirely to “whole” foods, most of which comes from the perimeter of the grocery store. Produce, meats, and some dairy are what I’m talking about. Exceptions are grains like oats, brown rice, or dense whole grain bread. This took some adjustment. In order to get enough calories into my body to support my new athletic lifestyle, I eat six small meals a day. Each meal includes a source of protein, a fruit or vegetable, and a source of carbohydrate with one or two of the six meals. I have also discovered whey protein (which I want to discuss in another post) that I find quite yummy! I assure you, I am not going hungry!
The next biggest change for me was not just exercise but intense exercise! I lift weights three days a week and cycle three days a week. It’s a total of 5-6 hours of exercise. I take Sunday off to recover and refuel. I haven’t worked out with this kind of regularity since high school! I wasn’t sure that I could do it but I made it through the first week and I feel strong, energized, and athletic! It’s fantastic!
So, what are the results of the first week you ask? To tell you the truth I wasn’t really expecting much. I mean, how much can happen in the first week, right? I also stated in my last post that I didn’t want to be a slave to the scale. The scale only gives one side of the story (like modern news sources,lol) and any plan needs time to work. A friend suggested that I use my waistline measurement to determine if anything is happening. That makes good sense to me.
July 3rd, 2013 Waist = 48″
July 10th, 2013 Waist = 46″
That’s a full two inches in only 7 days! WOW!
What do you think it will be next week?
For more information about the system that I am following go to fatlosslifestyle.com