I woke up feeling exhausted today, then I looked in the mirror seeing and feeling the impact of my “relaxed” diet lately. It has been almost a full 11 months post my start at CrossFit and the start of my education on nutrition. I have been reading “health” magazines for years and have purchased books to educate myself but.. it wasn’t until I started CrossFit that I had the desire to boost my energy level and solve some nutrition issues.
Paying close attention to what I eat has taught me a bunch about my body and answered some mystery questions. I have identified my extreme aversion to nuts, and this has made my life much better by eliminating stomach issues. I have also discovered that my addiction to sugar is extreme. I have been attempting to kick it for the past year.
Here are a few other items I have taken to heart this past year. I have done ok in all areas eating 3 meals and snacks.
I have spent the last week cleaning out my cupboards in an attempt to remove the large amounts of junk that have infiltrated my house when I let my guard down. After going through this process for the 3rd or 4th time this year, today I reached my tipping point. I am tired. Tired of the ups and downs. In the end only I can determine what to eat and whether I want to feel my best. Of course nobody is perfect but, the 80/20 rule would be a step in the right direction.
This is step 1 for me – I had my blood work done this morning so I figure there is no better day to start fresh.
Day1: I started a journal, and using a variety of tips I have gathered I identified a few tips to help me succeed:
- Keep a journal while you get started.
Track foods including times of day you eat and your exercise.
- Eat more protein and “regular” foods.
Eat healthy foods that fill you up and you will be less likely to eat junk.
- Eat more frequently.
Eat more often to avoid extreme hunger which can lead to binges.
- Plan my weekly meals in advance.
Take the time to think about what you want to put into your body, and how you feel.
- Cut back on portions.
Eat smaller portions and take your time.
- Continue to exercise regularly.
Workout regularly and intensely, don’t let your regimen get boring and stale.
- Find a motivating friend and keep each other on track.
Surround yourself with people who have similar goals and will be supportive of your aspirations.
- Frequently remind yourself why you want to change your life.
Write down your goals and the reason why you want to change your life.
Maybe the complete diet overhaul and exercise regimen was too much for 2013, after all it took me years to get past my thinking that slow long running was the “only” way to burn calories. I did commit to CrossFit with a vengeance but somehow working out is much easier for me that giving up sugar. It seems pretty unbalanced to workout constantly and fail to eat properly – I am thinking it is time to look at the other side of the equation with the same intensity.
My first motivational picture…. and reminder that I am in control of what I eat!
I am eager to see what my blood tests reveal, and to be honest I feel pretty excited to have some more energy and begin fueling my body more efficiently.
Question of the Day:
What do you eat as a healthy snack when you are on the go, or in a rush?