October Discipline Challenge: Intermittent Fasting

Tomorrow a new challenge begins. Instead of cutting out a food purposely, I am going to try Intermittent Fasting. I been reading on it and hearing from people that have tried it and it sounds like a very interesting concept that is beneficial to my body goal. As a person who was never really hungry during “breakfast hours” I think it’s something that may be ideal for me. Specifically the 16:8 fast. Fast for 16 hours and eating in an 8 hour window. I’m officially up for the challenge.

I don’t want to go crazy with the eating of carbs or meats, but I think eating high protein and as clean as possible in an 8 hour window may serve as a great benefit. I also think I’m going to focus more on weights than cardio in October. The results I want involve muscle growth and cuts. I’m setting October up to be a great month for gains!

Lets get to it! That 40 pounds won’t lose itself! I got 33 more to go!

Day 30: September Discipline Reflection

Good morning!

It’s officially day 30 of my September discipline challenge. For the last 29 days I have not consumed bread, potatoes or alcohol. There are results, revelations and realizations. Let’s talk about them.

1. I had no idea that I consumed so many carbs and starches in a day. Sandwiches, dairy free pizza, pretzels, chips, roasted potatoes, fries. It was literally something I would indulge in every single day. What I’ve done this month was opted to have a green vegetable or another plant or nut in it’s place. So instead of chips or pretzels, I had cashews. Instead of fries I would have kale or asparagus. Sometimes I would just have catfish or grilled chicken and nothing else with it. Not the most balance meal but it became more about the discipline than the courses in a meal.

2. The worst thing I could have done in the last 30 days was weigh myself somewhere in the middle of the challenge. Because right now, I’m not as happy as I should be in the process.

Sep 1 – I weighed 255
Sep 22 – I weighed 242
Sep 30 – I weigh 248

The focus should be on the fact that I lost weight no matter what. Unfortunately I’m sitting here thinking “how did I get back that 6!?”

3. The most inconsistent thing this month was my workouts. I only got 1 week in where I did 3 days or more. It became hard to create time for one reason or another and I slacked hard. Think my only workout last week was Saturday. I got to get these workouts up if I’m going to hit my 215 goal by NYE.

4. With the lack of carbs and starches, I noticed my craving for sugar increased. It wild, but I had a craving for things like cookies and ate more fruit snacks and wanted chocolate more than ever this month. If anybody can help me process or curbed that, I’m all ears.

Alcohol was so easy that it’s not worth even mentioning. I’ve been a heavy drinker for only a couple years of my life and those dark days are over.

5. It’s day 30 and success was made! My results are light but as a person that see’s my body everyday, I’m proud of what’s on the horizon. Oct 1, I take another weight tally and a waist measurement. All my slacks and jeans fit bigger this month and it was more room in a couple XL shirts that were snug in July and August.

October the challenge is Intermittent Fasting every day. I practiced it towards the end to mentally prepare. Lets see what happens when I get that in, with the workouts.

The Marathon Continues – Nipsey Hussle

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August 2019

One day in August, I added to my vision and affirmation list, “I will change my life for the better within 12 months”.

It was definitely a powerful statement. I really believed it when I typed it. I had conviction when I said it and it’s already began to manifest into different ideas and opportunities.

Something special is happening with me right now. I’m remaining calm and patient as it happens. It’s time I take life to the next level. Next summer some may call it a 180. I’ll simply call it the upgrade to the designer version of me. I’m shedding the Great Value version of myself and it’s beautiful. There will be no more of what you knew. Only what has evolved will remain. The only request is let me stand tall and keep your love or hate exactly the same.

September Discipline Challenge

Since I had my annual check up and physical, I been on a mission to go hard and make new changes. The main reason is because I realized I was no longer 240lbs or less and my doctor told me to lose 13lbs.

Sure, I had my clothes on but my attire for that day was definitely less than 15 or more pounds. Like many Americans, I’m considered “obese” for my height. At first my goal was between 225-235, but honestly today, I’m thinking of dropping it to 215. I think that would be a great weight for me especially with all the working out I’ve been doing. I even took time to Google what 215 looks like on a. 6’2″ frame and let’s just say not even Google could give me the dark side of that weight class.

How will I get there? Rededication and a new discipline challenge to start. I want to drop that 13lbs before the month of September ends and lord willing be at my goal on New Year’s Eve. So I decided that for the month of September I will challenge myself to do no alcohol, bread or white potatoes!

Alcohol is honestly super easy! I just want to throw that in there just in case I have that occasional “drink or two”. Absolutely no worries on this part.

Bread and Potatoes are pretty much staples in my current eating habits. Chips and sandwiches see me probably 3 times a week. It’s probably why I can’t melt this fat pouch completely. I’m so tired of seeing this meat pouch hanging! So I got to make this happen.

My plan is to replace that bread or potato with a green vegetable. It’s great for me cause it’s not too many green veggies I don’t like. I believe this challenge will stop my “progress plateau” and take my fitness journey to the next level. I’m officially giving myself 4 months to lose 40lbs! I believe that’s more than attainable if I put in the work! This plus remaining to keep dairy and fast food out of my diet are bound to help me get to where I want to be.

So here goes everything! New challenges for new results. Time to reach a new personal milestone!

“Still Skinny Fat”: A Self Love Story

Today I went for a physical to get a discount for my insurance and I got disappointment yet encouraging news. That news was that I am back up to over 250 pounds. Yeah I had my clothes and belt on…but they weren’t 15 or more pounds! Although I was very disappointed in myself, it made other things make sense. My new fatigue issues, sleeping later and missing my workouts and of course looking at myself with more displeasure than delight the last couple months.

The lifestyle of maintaining a fit body is difficult when you don’t see consistent results. I have to decide today that my want for a great body and most importantly great health has to be bigger than the discouragement I have when I don’t see results. I been saying I want a “Ravishing Rick Rude Body” for years now and although the last year has been closer than ever, I am definitely a lot farther than I want to be.

My doctor told me to lose 13 pounds and try to get 150 minutes of exercise a week. Challenge accepted. I really want to crush that 13 lbs by the end of the month!I was so disappointed and motivated by today’s news that I went for my first mile run of the year. I used to start running in Spring; Now it’s almost fall and I’m just now taking my first run. That’s a glaring sign that I haven’t kept my promise to myself to get in the best shape of my life. It’s ok though. I’ve recognized the failure and now it’s time to make it fuel for the fire I have to get back to where I left off and take it further.

My next task is to find some lifting routine that turns my belly fat into lean muscle. It’s time I stop falling short on the biggest self love challenge of my life; My Health and Wellness.

Wanting No More Pain A Year Later

Exactly 1 year ago today, I was in pretty bad shape. If I remember right I had over indulged on Brats and Chicken and needless to say I was feeling it. The day of, I was fine. The two days after I felt completely out of the game. I had unbelievable aches and pains. It was unexplainable, but what I definitely was sure of was it was all linked to the foods I was eating. I know through some of my social media posts some people didn’t believe me. Even laughed at the notion that food could be causing aches and pains in my body, but I knew it was fact. The only way to prove it was by discipline and elimination.

It was on this day, I made the decision to stop eating fast food and ground beef. Along with that came the decision to drastically cut my pork consumption and dairy as well. With these changes along with cutbacks on fried foods, chicken and red meat, I increased my intake of fruits and vegetables. What I would find is the pain leaving my body slowly and undeniable internal changes. I was healing, with no medical treatment, pills or creams.

Along with the above I started reading up on holistic healing, medical marijuana and the positives of CBD oil. I came to some very eye opening revelations. I’ll talk about those at a later time.

Today, I want to take time to pat myself on the back for a job well done on a journey that is far from complete. I listened to my body and made the changes it was telling me to make and as a result of that, my pain has been minimal to nonexistent way more than half of the last 365 days. I say that and I’ve had a hernia surgery that put me at half speed for about 4 weeks.

I’m no Vegan, but adopting more plants to my lifestyle, eliminating fast food and eating meat sometimes no more than 5 times a month have served as great positives for my health. I can safely say that I am stronger and healthier today than I was at 25 and feeling no more pain.