Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Goes to show you how much of short-term weight change is liquid (water and glycogen).
By last Wednesday, it was clear my boots were being eroded by my increased walking (20 stone walking on rubber will do that).
So walking was considerably reduced by waiting on new boots, breaking new ones in, and then spending weekend at brothers house. Eating while at bro's house was also uncontrollable, my fault. By the time that weekend was over, I'd shot UP just under 8 lbs. It's amazing how much fatter and unfitter you feel with that little bit of extra weight - you really feel it when walking.
Yesterday, I was sick as a dog, and I lost almost all of that.
The human body. It's amazing, and incomprehensible.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Feet sore, so only did 16'000 stps today. First two days this week were 30k and 33k steps. Bottom of boots is getting to the ruined stage already. Need new boots now, which means i'll probably replace them in December. Last pair were ridiculously imbalanced due to wear on one side by the time I gave them up. :)
Took things easy today food wise, with all that walking so far this week, my calorie imbalance was nuts, simply was about 2000 kcals down per day (which showed in a fairly large drop in weight in one day), what with all the walking, so allowed a bit more food today - I've heard good things about calorie balance zig zagging.
Back to walking and weight-training tomorrow!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Now, let's rephrase the question - which is WISER?
What has gone before
I've tried my fair share of eating regimes. Paleo, Primal, Low Fat, Low carb, various forms of Intermittent Fasting, Atkins, Zone, Slimming World and so on.
I'n no doubt that when people follow them, they're great. They've all got merit. Even Slimming World, despite the fact that it treats pasta, rice and potatoes are syn-free foods to eat in unlimited quantities. (really.)
If we define weight-loss success as reaching target weight and keeping it off for say, three years, only 1 in 20 weight-loss attempts will succeed. That's kinda disheartening. Any wonder this industry is booming.
The fact is, by definition, diets are just too restrictive. They have you cut kcals. Or carbs. Or fat. Or dairy. Or wheat. Or.... you get the picture.
I've come to the conclusion that despite the fact that I'd LOVE to stick to a largely primal plan, on an Intermittent Fasting basis, time and time again I prove that I JUST CAN'T!
What will be
I think accepting that we can't hold ourselves to these almost impossible standards is a big first step.
With that in mind, i'm gonna sort of creep up on my body. It's not gonna see me coming. I have to use my strengths, and work round my (many) weaknesses.
What are MY strengths? Well, I can walk. I can walk for Ireland, for hours.
My new job is just 3.5miles away, and gives me generous breaks and lunches. So I walk to work. I walk on first break. I walk on lunch. And I walk home. And before I know it, I'm on 25'000 steps.
Now, eating back all those kcals would be mad, but 12miles of walking gives me the ability to eat quite a decent amount of food more, and I love food!!
So, thats the energy balance easily under control. That in itself is 80% of the battle, right there.
What do I struggle with? I now accept that I can be colossally lazy. I can finish on a Friday, and get back to work on a Monday, and I've not left the house, I've achieved nothing.
So, for lunches, what I've started doing recently is slow cooking. It's fire and forget cooking, for the lazy man in your life. And it means I'm cooking for the whole week. Right now, in fact. Throw some chicken, spices, tinned mushrooms carrots, some onions, garlic, spinach etc all in the slow cooker and walk away for 8 hours. Best. Invention. Ever.
For variety, protein shakes too. Insta food, but not typically hugely processed, mostly just protein.
Same thing for my supplements - rathe than waste time each day, I now use a pill box to sort for the whole week. Genius!
Perfection vs. Wisdom
As for the original two questions, I'm now banking on 'good-enough' working out better for me than some sort of perfection diet, with perfect ratios, perfect number of meals, perfect timing, perfect food restrictions, and so on.
So I now have a broad range or ratios I aim for, and if I don't meet those, I'll live.
I now have the odd treat without guilt, knowing that most of my diet is reasonably clean.
I now have the odd lazy day, where I veg out, without guilt. If it follows a heavy weight training day, even better!
If I have a meal that is off the charts, or even a special event leading to some less-ideal food choices, I shrug and know it doesn't really matter what I do occasionally, what matters is what I do 80% of the time.
I suppose what this is, is MODERATION.
So far, it's actually working grand...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Each morning when you wake up, what possible ways could that day have played out previously, if it had already happened multiple times?
Did you choose to lie in an extra two hours, wasting the most productive time of day? Did you hit snooze multiple times, and now you've no time for breakfast, no healthy lunch prepared, no time to walk or bike to work, no time to spend with the kids until you're exhausted later and they're already in bed?
Did you wake up too late, repeating your worst day, knowing it gives you less time to do all the things you'll do SOME day?
Were you needlessly angry and impatient with a stranger, or a loved one? Did you burn a bridge today?
Did you eat like a pig today because your blood sugar was crashing due to not having time to or not bothering to eat healthily or shop healthily?
Did you not bother tracking your food today, so you know in your heart, that means your good eating intentions are going out the window?
Did you just not bother working out, because your mood is now changed, or because your diet has gone to hell today, so why bother?
Did you learn that thing you promised yourself you'd start learning, do that task you promised someone you'd take care of?
Did you procrastinate like an olympian going for the gold medal in procrastination?
We've all had days like that.
Let's say we've all experienced variations of this day a hundred times.
Now... what can you do today to end the day smiling, knowing you were the best version of you that you could be? What would that look like? How would people remember you that day, how would they treat you in future? How would you feel?
Today, I got up early, charged my headphones for walking, did a massive amount of dishes, shopped briefly, tidied a bit, I blogged, I started the day tracking food, I finally recorded a months worth of walking onto fitocracy, and I'm now going to work out with weights, fix the bike, and do a more extensive shop 2 miles away. I've taken my supplements, portioned out supps for the week, packaged up my faulty Fitbit for return, and consciously made the decision to get off Facebook for a bit! :)
What will your day look like?
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