Hello everyone! How are you all doing? I hope terrific!
So listen, I’ve been thinking of ways to keep all of us motivated to eat healthy, and stay on our workout program, including myself, especially as we head towards the holiday season. The summer is over and now’s a great time to get on track for the end of the year so we can all finish strong!
As you know I’ve barely worked out recently – just 3 times in the past 7 weeks, as I tore my biceps and had surgery to repair it. Needless to say, from not exercising and being relatively inactive, I’ve put on a few pounds of fat and lost a few pounds of muscle. It’s not exactly where I want to be. So…
I’ve been toying with the idea of trying various eating plans including vegetarian, vegan, and a few other diets. And finally I’ve decided to embark on a new regime, starting October 1st!
The diet I’m going to follow is the Paleo Diet which I’ve written about before here on the site. For those of you that don’t know what the Paleo plan calls for – it’s basically a diet that consists of meats, eggs, veggies, fruits, and nuts… and not much else! It’s named after the Paleolithic time period and foods like rice, potatoes, beans and peanuts are excluded since people of the time would not have had access to them. It’s a strict diet for sure – although on this plan you don’t count calories and eat frequently throughout the day.
I feel I need a strict regimen to get me out of this funky state that I’ve landed in. Truthfully my diet has been just terrible, and I’ve put so much garbage in my body these last few weeks that I literally am sick and very disappointed in myself. So given that I have the type of personality that works well with challenges, I’m sharing my plan with all you Angry Trainer readers and making myself accountable to all of you!
The very nature of the plan makes it hard to overeat, and from what I’ve read, excess fat weight falls off. Although I won’t lie – I will eat beans, sweet potatoes and brown rice in small quantities – but I will limit how much of those foods I eat. The Paleo Diet does have one nice addition though – one that most diets exclude – alcohol. It seems a glass or two of red wine is just fine.
Now here’s where all of YOU come in.
I want you to participate in this with me over the next month and let me know how you’ve done. Of course it would be great if you chose to follow the Paleo plan with me, but if not, choose another diet regime for yourself and try and stick to it. I’d like those who commit to the challenge to post their regimen in the comments section below and once per week drop a line to let all of us know how you’re doing. In essence, I want to make all of us accountable to each other, and on the flip side I want all of us to support one another. Doesn’t that sound awesome! I know with all you checking in on me I’ll be more likely to stay focused, and I think all of you will too.
This Saturday is October 1st and I think the start of a month is a great time to begin a new plan. Plus you don’t have to follow a full on plan. You could just pledge to stop drinking soda, or cut out chocolate from your diet. I’d love to hear about any of the changes you’re planning to make!
I know most of you already are on an exercise regimen, but I’m also making a commitment to workout 4 days per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes. Now I know that may not seem like much, but I’ve got to take my own advice and start back slowly, and cautiously. Plus, I still can’t use my left arm for at least a few more weeks. I guess on the plus side my legs will look incredible! On days that I train, I’ll post on my Angry Trainer Fitness Facebook page what workout I did so you’ll know I’m on track.
By now you should know that I really enjoy sharing my experiences with all of you. But this time around, I’d like you to share the experience with me. So what do you say? Will you take me up on the Angry Trainer Fitness October Diet challenge? It’s choosing a better eating plan and working out 4 days a week, for the next month.
Come on, all of you can do that! Let’s do it together.