EEeeKKkk! That’s the 1st phase over!
I’m pretty disappointed with myself, but I beat myself up really well most of the time, so I’m going to focus on/re-cap on the positives and the plan for phase 2.
I will NOT be posting pics or stats, as they are worse than at start! 😦
BUT, I have formulated a plan, and been through lots of thought processes this 12 weeks, and had I not been keeping this blog I might not have even got that/this far.
This 1st phase has very much been a discovery phase. I’ve looked into lots of different diet/exercise approaches in an effort to find something that I think I may be able to do for the rest of my life.
I know I can get slim, I’d just rather not do it on 1000 cals and 2 hours cardio a day again, as i did for comp prep in 2010, as I/no-one can’t/can maintain that!
There’s a lot of buzz that I’ve picked up on surrounding being healthy & eating LOTS of clean cals and doing VERY little cardio – and the cardio that is performed is most definitely HITT (HighIntensityIntervalTraining) and not hours of SS (SteadyState).
Having not accomplished what I had hoped in this 1st phase I feel that I now would benefit to work with a trainer.
I keep thinking I can do it myself, I do know all the information, but it hasn’t worked out.
So do I continue, persisting, wasting time, or do I enlist a kick up the arse!?…
I’m 40 in October and would be extremely disappointed to still be size 18/20 and 14St.
I’ve been very interested to explore Poliquin training and diet principles: http://www.charlespoliquin.com/
His blog articles are a hive of great info: http://www.charlespoliquin.com/Blog.aspx
I was particularly interested in his body fat/hormonal analysis: http://www.elite-bodyworks.com/services/biosignature.htm
I found local practitioners; http://www.elite-bodyworks.com/ and met with James Smith for an assessment.
The nutrition foundations are not dis-similar to The Smarter Science of Slim, but a little more hard core including steak (&nuts) for breakfast!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’m only 27% body fat. Most of the inferior assessment methods I’ve tried previously/lately have had me closer to 40%, which I hadn’t thought unreasonable!
So I must have more muscle mass than I thought, YaY!
The hormonal analysis showed my main issue to be Environmental estrogens/poor detoxification. This is not just that I’m taking excess in but that my body, at the moment, has issues removing these excess hormones/toxins from my system.
The way to help it deal with this is to:
· Drink lots of water – 3-4L p/day, which I do, but I must start filtering it.
· Eat lots of veggies – which I do, but I must stop nuking them in the microwave!
I have a 2 week bootcamp to start my new regime, which is planned for the 29th after next pay day and bulk food purchasing.
I’ll remind you again of; http://thesmarterscienceofslim.com/
Make sure you listen to the podcasts! http://thesmarterscienceofslim.com/jonathan-bailors-smarter-science-of-slim-podcast/
Their new initiative is a not for profit educational promo, a fabulous video! http://slimissimple.org/
Their slogan is ‘Eat More, Exercise Less’. With the main take away points being that we should not be eating ANY refined carbohydrates or sugar, but eating LOTS of non-starchy veggies, protein and some fats. The hours of cardio we’ve been conned into performing is erroneous and the book details a 10minute weight training routine to help activate our metabolisms. DO buy the book, it’s well worth it.