Chris’s 30 Day Reboot Day 5

Chris’s 30 Day Reboot Day 5

Hi Guys,

Once again Chris has brought up some really good points about the nature of change and progress. So many of us lose weight, gain weight, and then cycle through the whole process again. It’s better if we can keep that fluctuating weight window a bit smaller (generally around 10 lbs or less), because the more often we put weight back on and then lose it again, the harder it becomes to lose again. This goes back to why it’s important to pay attention to the other details in your life when changing your diet, such as focusing on things like improved energy and better sleep, the scale can inadvertently discourage us even when progress is still being made. According to the scale Chris has lost 5 lbs. in 5 days, so even though he is surprised it’s not going faster, this is plenty fast. In fact, we don’t want to keep going this quick if we want a more permanent change. Also, we’re aware that the scale will probably spike and dip a few times over the next month, due to all the variables that can affect weight. We will see how a heavier exercise schedule plays out on the scale next when he starts ramping it up. Also please note, he was not afraid to eat when he was hungry. Dialing your nutrition in is not about starving yourself, it’s about changing WHAT you eat, and nutrient dense foods are where it’s at, even if it’s something weird (like Chris’s avocado, tomato, pickle concoction, although I personally think it doesn’t sound weird at all).

Sabotage- Oh my yes, this is an issue that anyone who possesses goals, habits, plans (or whatever) that don’t fit into other people’s mold, is going to deal with.  People (unintentionally or not) will at every turn try to change your mind. Eventually if you stay strong, they will grow weak. It’s that time in-between that shapes the outcome. 

Avocados- YES to avocados!! 🙂 Full of healthy fats, fiber, and minerals crucial to runners (did you know they have more potassium than a banana?). Nice choice Chris 🙂 

Oh, and hemp hearts, I love them because they do fill in a gap for people that tend to not get enough fat in their diet. They are rich in the essential fatty acids (you know the ones your body can’t make so we HAVE to eat them), including gamma-linolenic acid, and they also provide a source of protein, even more so than some of the other seeds like chia and flax (which are still great, don’t get me wrong) it’s good to try something new, right?!. 

From Chris:

30 Day Diet Reboot Day 5

In today’s post we will cover the following:

  • Snow Shoveling
  • Progress
  • Sabotage
  • Avocados
  • Hemp hearts
  • The hard spot

We got an all-day blizzard yesterday.  I ended up with about a foot of nice blizzard snow at my house.  It was quite windy.  The snow drifted deep in places.

We knew this storm was coming.  I worked out of the house and fed logs into my fireplace all day to stay warm.  When it slowed down around 6:00 PM last night I went out to move the snow out of the driveway.  I finished up around 8:40 PM.

I’m frankly surprised I’m not making faster progress in my weight.  Usually when I start these programs I drop the first 7-8 pounds almost immediately.  Then it plateaus, and the real work begins. I think it’s because this week is a down week exercise-wise for me.  Usually, when I’m in training I’m burning a lot more fuel.  That will kick in as coach moves me into more aggressive workouts over the next couple weeks.

Entering snow shoveling into MyFitnessPal yields a surprising number of calories expended.  Those 160 minutes of moving snow supposedly netted me 1,300 extra calories.  Not sure I believe that, but my point is that if you stay active you burn a lot of fuel no matter whether it’s shoveling, chopping wood or walking the dog.

These extra calories came in handy.  I was hungry early, around 4:00 PM.  My wife, who was also in the house, came down and made herself a pizza.  I think that got my stomach to rumbling.  I had a big bowl of pinto beans and butternut squash with chili sauce.  That used up all my calories for the day.

When I finally finished up shoveling it was late and I was too jacked up to go to bed.  I used those extra shoveling calories to have a late snack of pickles, avocado and tomato.  I know, strange, but I like all those foods.  I also went off the reservation and ate a bag of nut-clusters that was leftover from a Christmas present.

Sabotage.  When you go on a clean eating kick like this it will threaten the people closest to keep reading

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