September 29, 2017
In the post last week, Weight and Eating Part 1, I talked about what I had weighed when I decided I needed to make a change, what I weigh currently, and my weight for where I think I need to be to reach my goal of being one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males during the CrossFit Open. My post this week revolves around the plan that Darlene and I came up with in March of this year, which is my guide for what I eat and when I eat it.
Fact, I love to eat, I’m not sure if this is a blessing or a curse, but it is a fact. Fact, I hate vegetables, I get teased a lot by my family because I swear that when I eat vegetables I get the Shakes, it might be in my head but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pass a sobriety test after eating vegetables because I’m shaking so much. Fact, I crave cookies, cake, doughnuts, and Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. Fact, I grew up drinking Coke and believed that drinking a Coke at meal time was the perfect beverage. Fact, I never want to be That Guy who doesn’t eat cake at a birthday party, or a bowl of Ice Cream when we are visiting friends, life is too short……But how do I reconcile the guy who wants to get fit and healthy with these facts in my life.
This will always be a struggle for me but here is the plan we put into action back in March:
- Eat two meals a day, Breakfast and Lunch.
- Don’t eat after 5:00 pm.
- Drink a protein drink in the evening.
- Limit when I have a glass of Coke to one or two glasses per month (Special meals).
- Whenever I eat, I need to eat less.
That was it, I followed this plan for the next three months and had success, but it was SLOW. I lost about 10lbs over this time period.
In June I tinkered with the plan and I also added taking supplements into the plan. For me the jury is still out on supplements, I see how they can help but I’m still not sure of the value. Two vitamins that I will probably always take will be Fish Oil and Vitamin C, I’m also currently taking Creatine but haven’t decided if this will continue long term.
In case I haven’t given you enough reasons to laugh at me I tried something recently that is pretty silly, even by my standards. There is a supplement called Spirulina that was recommended to me because a recent blood test had showed my Cholesterol to be slightly elevated. Spirulina is something that has been labeled a superfood by whoever it is that labels such things. I went to the store to buy this and saw that it came in tablet form and in a powder, the powder was about half the price. If you’re reading this and don’t know me some people have been known to call me cheap, I prefer thrifty. So of course I buy the powder. One important detail about Spirulina, it is also known as Green Microalgae, also called Pond Scum. I knew all of this before I bought it but I still couldn’t spend the extra money on the tablets, I remember thinking “How bad can it be”. It’s pretty bad…….It is a black powder that when mixed with water turns the water black, and if you mix it really well you can almost get rid of the clumps. I’ve taken to drinking it outside so I don’t make a mess when I gag on it.
In all seriousness I believe that the eating plan I’m on is working well. I’ve been willing to try new healthy food options and have found some that I’ve been able to incorporate into my daily routine.
In August of this year the CrossFit Games were held in Madison Wisconsin, I had the privilege of attending for the sixth year in a row. Because of the crowds and how the days are organized once you get to the venue you don’t want to leave. Also because of the type of event, the food choices that are sold are slanted more to the healthy side. This forced me to try new things which for me meant that I got my lunch from a company called Paleo Nicks. The first picture below is of food bought at Paleo Nicks and is Sweet Potato, Pulled Pork, Avocado and Salsa. For me this was a big step and it was delicious. The second picture is a recent lunch that I made for myself, it is Sweet Potato, Pork Chop, Avocado and Salad, also delicious.
I’ve tweaked the original plan slightly but this is what I try to follow on a daily basis:
- Eat a good breakfast. This really is the key to making the Plan work. My daily breakfast is either two eggs with 1-2 ounces of ham and a piece of Peanut Butter toast or I have 8 ounces of Yogurt, adding Blackberries and Granola with a piece of Peanut Butter Toast. Whichever option I chose I also add a teaspoon of Chia Seeds.
- Lunch is 4 ounces of meat, a sweet potato, ½ of an avocado and a salad. This can all be made ahead of time, it just takes a little planning.
- Two glasses of Chocolate milk. This seems to satisfy my chocolate craving. I usually have one glass with breakfast and one after working out.
- If I have a snack it needs to be something small, I usually try to have fruit, but sometimes I eat a few nuts.
- Don’t eat after 5:00 pm.
- If we are having a get together it’s foolish of me to think I won’t eat something I shouldn’t, so I try to plan for what special thing I’m going to eat, maybe adjust what I eat during the day and then do my best.
There have been some unexpected positives from this plan. I haven’t had any issues with Acid Reflux since I started, I seem to sleep better through the night, because I’m not eating after 5:00 the night food cravings are manageable which keeps me from eating everything in sight.
I would love to tell you that I have this all figured out, but I don’t, it is a constant struggle. For some reason these last two weeks have been really hard and I’ve eaten things I shouldn’t. What I need to do now is keep moving forward and stay positive, this isn’t a two week journey it is for a lifetime. We can do this.
Thanks for following me on my journey.