My diet has been up and down the last couple of weeks. I am on point and stick to my meal plan, followed by a couple of days where I don’t. I have noticed that the hardest environment to stick to my plan is social gatherings. When I am at work and done with work, it’s very easy to eat a meal I have prepped. It gets harder when I have things to do at night outside of my home: a birthday dinner, work event, and friends in town always have me eating more than I should. I try to plan in advance if I know I have something to go to at night that is going to have tempting food. This is the biggest struggle I am having right now. I can’t avoid having a social life, but I need to find balance in this area of my life. Other than that, my diet has been going well. Perhaps most amazing is the fact that I’m still fully committed to the plant-based diet and have not eaten any meat so far. The good news is that I still feel good and am alert throughout the day.
To ensure I’m learning as much as I can—so that I can continue to hack my experience–I watch a lot of videos on YouTube about nutrition. It really helps me stay interested in the foods I’m eating. If there’s any one single secret to staying on track, it’s this: meal prepping for the week has helped me stick to my plan.
CrossFit and Exercise
My exercise has been going really well throughout this journey. I have never been able to go to the gym so regularly for this long it my life. It feels good to stick to something and see progress. It keeps me going and wanting to learn more. I have constantly been going to CrossFit 3-4 times a week. I always try to hit 4, but if I can’t I usually go 3 times and try to do something outdoors the other two days. Unfortunately, it has been raining a lot in California, so I have not been outside as much as I would like to.
One of my fitness goals this year is to run a 5K and run 7 miles consistently. I was running on my own, but was not seeing much progression. I was scrolling through Facebook one day and there was an ad on the side for a “5K for Beginners Class”. I looked into it and decided to just go for it. We meet together as a group and run two days a week and run once a week on our own. The class is truly for beginners. We have people of all ages signed up. It has really been a great experience. It’s nice to run with a group of people. The coach of the group is awesome and really knows what she is going. She programs every week exactly what we should be doing. It has really made me like running more than I use to. I even bought some nice wireless running headphones.
- January 1st weight: 200 pounds. Current weight as of 4/15/2018: 186
- I lost 3 pounds this update. I had a really good first couple of weeks. I was down 7 pounds and then the last week I gained a couple pounds back. I had birthday dinners, a church dinner and a couple friends were in town. It was hard to stay on track and I ended up gaining 4 pounds after I lost 7. I was pretty upset, but realized I am not going to be losing a ton of weight each week since I’m in this for the long run. It will go up and down, but I’ll continue to become healthier, more fit and more alert along the way. All that matters is the long-term trajectory.
Favorite WOD of the week
10 Power Cleans (50 Pounds)
10 Front Squats (50 Pounds)
- I did 95 reps. The front squats slowed my down during the third round. My legs were killing me. Let’s just say I was pretty sore the next day.
- Jen Heward. I have found that Youtubers really help me stay interested on this journey. It is cool to see everyday people on a weight loss journey just like mine. I listen at work to a variety of Youtubers that are on a weight loss journey or an expert in fitness. Jen is not a plant-based eater, but is extremely knowledgeable about fitness and health. She has a lot of good advice about diet and exercise that I find very helpful. She is pretty motivating too!
Thanks for following me on this journey. It means a lot to me that you are following and sending words of encouragement. I hope my story will offer you encouragement and some tips about self care and taking control of your health.