When I first attended one of those 5 AM outdoor bootcamps, they had us pair up with someone and do a series of exercises. My partner ended up being a fairly fit woman who looked to be in her mid thirties. One of the exercises they has us do together was a roughly thirty yard bear crawl. And I stunk the place up. I hated it mid way before I was finished as I watched my partner cross the finish line yards ahead of me. “Drop your butt and use your legs for power. And synchronize your movements.”, she suggested. So I did. And immediately I was able to keep up!
I think we can all agree that everyone is capable of eating healthy. It’s not like we are being forced to indulge in bad foods. But day after day, for whatever reason, we eat too much, eat bad foods, have too much sugar, etc. Research indicates that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight-and stay thin. But how do we stay positive when all the magazines we see showcase rail thin women or lean, muscular men and we are neither?
Well, the good news is that there is hope. Why is it that someone who has been out of shape for years and always complained about it is now suddenly fit? Or that overweight person who felt terrible about their body for years recently celebrated dropping 100 pounds? The answer is, it was nothing more than changing their thoughts. First, they made a decision (as they had many times in the past), convinced themselves they could do it, and went out and did it! And so can you. Below are six mental tricks that helped me along the way to better health.
Yes, it has. And I can proudly say, it’s been a successful year. The way I measure success is, was I able to stick with this lifestyle the entire time and the answer is, yes! After years of fad diets, 30 day challenges, boot camps, gyms, etc., I have finally found, in my opinion, the easiest weight management “program” there is. I don’t find myself starving, I get to eat great foods and my health has improved since going Primal.
Over the course of the year, I have lost nearly 30 pounds, six inches off my waist and no more back pain (I’m attributing that to the weight lost as well as no more inflammation from bad dieting). Incorporating workouts has also helped add some muscle to my 55 year old body and I feel stronger now than when I was in my 30’s. Plus, my wife loves the new body.
I can’t tell you how many times I dreaded going to the gym, didn’t want to cook, REALLY wanted a bowl of ice cream or didn’t feel like getting out of bed. Which is normal for just about everybody. But I always feel great when I do get a workout in, do make a delicious, healthy meal, avoid the bowl of ice cream (confession…not every time) and get an early start to the day. All of these decision have lead me to a healthier, happier life. Admittedly, it can be hard at times but hopefully these tips can help keep you staying on track.
Ever since I began eating paleo, I have tried various ways to eat foods that would normally require tortillas. My go to vessel has been lettuce wraps but those can only go so far. A few weeks ago, we had some company and I decided to slow cook some carnitas and make street tacos for dinner (a long time favorite). Since a lettuce wrap just didn’t seem right (I LOVE the small, corn tortillas normally associated with street tacos) I caved and had the tortillas.
This last week we were having family over and my wife suggested carnitas tacos again. So of course, I said yes! But I really wanted to figure out a way to have them without the tortilla so I did a little research. And low and behold, I FINALLY found the perfect replacement and that would be jicama!
Follow my blog with BloglovinI often find myself looking back at so many things I wanted to do in years gone by. Things I wanted to learn or try but just never got around to it. And then, with thanks to my children, I learned the wonders of YouTube. Now I know most people view YouTube as a web site that shows funny clips of people getting hit between the legs or maybe a place you can find a clip from an old TV show or music videos. But one day I ran into an old friend of mine and through conversation, he asked me if I wanted his old guitar. He was purchasing a new one next week, an upgrade, and didn’t need the old one. Well, I know as much about playing guitar as I do Mandarin Chinese but I took it from him with hopes of one day being able to sit by the campfire and effortlessly belt out a few country love songs or perhaps an acoustic version of songs my kids might recognize.
A couple weeks ago, I was having a discussion with a buddy about trying to find some new workout routines that would be fun. “Have you tried walking?” he asked. Walking? Why would I try walking? I mean, I know as yound as I used to be, but I ride mountain bikes, lift weights, do sprints and play sports pretty regularly. Isn’t walking for old people, I thought to myself? “Uhm…no,” I replied sheepishly. “You should,” he replied. “Great low impact workout. You might enjoy it.”
Follow my blog with BloglovinIt’s Friday and I feel like cooking! While in the grocery store I happen to walk by the meat department and a couple of New York Strips were calling my name. So I had the butcher wrap a couple up and headed on home, savoring the evening when I could devour one of the mouth watering slabs of seared steak.
A few months ago, I was introduced to a reverse sear and ever since I tried it, this has been my go to method of cooking steak. And rather than print out the ingredients and how to do it, I thought I would post the link to the video that taught me (and the guy has a little swag, which keeps it interesting and entertaining). It is definitely a different way to cook seared steak but the consistency and flavor will have you cooking your steak like this every time. And on a side note, if you don’t already have one, I recommend getting a cast iron skillet for most of your cooking. Cast iron is naturally nonstick and a well-seasoned cast iron skillet has a naturally nonstick surface. Few nonstick pans can go safely from the stovetop to the oven and because cast iron is naturally nonstick, it is also easy to clean. But back to the steaks,
After a year of outdoor boot camps, I gave up. I didn’t like getting up before the birds, I didn’t like being so exhausted following a workout, I wasn’t losing weight and at times, it was painful! Those long, difficult cardio workouts, come to find out, can actually be bad for you. Not only do you run the risk of injury but you also, in many cases of doing too much cardio workouts, can lose muscle mass. According to Livestrong, “When you do too much cardio at once, you run the risk of increasing the amount of muscle you burn as the body struggles to keep up with the increased level of energy being used by the body. When you combine excess cardio with an improper diet, such as one that drops your total calorie intake below 1500 calories, the risk of burning significant muscle increases.”
After six months of the Paleo lifestyle, I have been pleasantly surprised that weight loss is not the only benefit. I have also discovered things that have made it easier for me to continue eating clean and stay focused on my goals. Here are the top five things I’ve learned after six months of Paleo.
This Is Not A Diet – Believe me, I have seen and tried many diets and in some cases, had great results! But every time, I would give up at a certain point and get right back to sweets, processed carbs and other foods I knew were bad for me (but they tasted so good!). But that’s OK because if I gained weight, I’d just start up a newer, more improved diet! But I finally feel like I have found something that is a lifestyle and not a diet. I do not feel like I am missing out on good food and I’m not depriving myself of food.