Let me start off with saying, I am not a fad dieter. I do not endorse the grapefruit diet, the Atkins, the “Flat-belly”. For the most part, the word “diet” should be the first warning sign. Diet equals temporary. Lifestyle is the goal, folks!
Can I just say, I HATE this graphic. Not that I do not think it is accurate, but, I wish that it was reversed. I love exercising and many times look forward immensely to doing so. But, I wish that meant that I could eat whatever I want. It doesn’t and sometimes I forget that.
Over the last six months, between an intensive training plan and recovering from races, I have put on close to 10 pounds. Now, I am sure some of this MAY be muscle. But, I do think that I have put on some extra weight during training cycles – it is difficult for me to gauge how much increasing mileage requires increased calories. Now, I am not choosing to be down on myself for this. I am pursuing a lifetime of fitness, and with that, comes ebbs and flows. However, I am also realistic that I do not want this trend to continue. I have worked very hard to initially get weight off and I have no intention of returning to where I was. For the next 30 days (with the exception of Thanksgiving), I will be doing a hard reset to get my eating back to normal.
What hard reset do I suggest? I am so glad you asked! I have tried various commercially offered products from large names – touting that their product will do just what I am after. I also do not endorse any of these. A hard reset does not require spending $300 and purchasing a specific brand of foods. A hard reset means removing bad (white flour, sugar, alcohol, simple carbs), and eating good (fruits and veggies, lean meats, complex carbs). Beyond this, I believe that supplements are a good addition to a meal plan, and BUNCHES of water.
Over the next month, I am planning on recording my progress, lessons learned, meal plans, supplement lists in an effort to help facilitate any of you also pressing the Hard Reset button. Is anyone interested in doing this as well? Accountability buddies are the best!