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“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”
― Jack LaLanne
Here I go again. It’s the first of October and I’m getting back in shape. Every year I do the same thing, I balloon to about 180 lbs, from my fighting weight of 165. Over the summer I drink beer, eat pizza, and generally try and keep my weight in line by running and swimming. In the summer I do not burn as many calories as I consume.
There is always a new book, a new idea, or a new concept I’ll adopt to get back to my 165 goal. This year I’m using the 4-hour body by Tim Ferriss. I found Ferriss after reading his 4-hour workweek and was intrigued by his approach in this “health book”. As is the case with these programs, I first listen to the book, the buy the hard copy if it is something I am going to undertake.
This program sounds rather simple, protein-based breakfast with the focus on low carb offerings. The thing that I’m most excited about is the fact that I can have a glass of red wine each night, something I truly enjoy.
I usually run three times a week, swim once, and rarely lift weights. In October, that all changes, with my getting back to the YMCA, lifting, running, swimming, and focusing on nutrition.
I find that this physical exercise or change has a definite impact on my mental stability. The first few days I’m rather grumpy, but as I’ve aged I no longer chase people with an AX. I’ve learned to control my emotions understanding that it’s just my body screaming for more food.
I usually start these programs with a 2-day fast. This is a 2-day, elimination of food, however I do still allow myself to juice vegetables. It’s amazing how wonderful a cucumber, 2 carrots, and some celery can be if you are extremely hungry.
One of the biggest issues we all face is that of our health. I’m never proud of my 180 frame, but now that within 30 days I’ll be below 170 and can usually maintain that weight until June when the pounds start slowly coming back. Drawing a line in the sand and forcing change is something most people do on January 1st. By going “off cycle”, I have found I have more success and can work without the stress of the January first renewals.
Gearing up for the holiday season, which is our busiest season in our office, I’ve found that being physically strong allows for great metal strength. If you have not focused on your health, do so now. To hold yourself accountable, simply write in your blog that you are starting a new program. I must leave the office now, they are popping popcorn and I might just go look for my AX!
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