I have been thinking the past few days about, “WHY I changed the way I was working out and eating?” over the last several months. I have seen unfavorable results for the most part. Granted, I HAVE put on the muscle I wanted to add, and that makes sense, because I have been training that way. BUT, I wasn’t really finished losing fat. So, as many of you know, I read, study, or try every workout and fat-loss method out there. Now, realize, I am not talking about fad diets or magic potions or junk like that, I am talking about the different methods of eating and training for fat loss AND building strong, lean muscle. I had adapted my own way of doing things, taking this point from one method and that point from another method, and I combined what WORKED for me and I had hit my lowest weight in my adult life! And for some reason, I decided to go out looking for something “better”. WHY?
Well, those of you whom I will help by coaching or training or even just reading over what I have to share, can thank me later:) LOL! Because basically, I now realize that I have been my own guinea pig for the last 8-10 months finding out what did benefit me, and some that obviously did NOT!
As I said, I know some of the weight I have put on is muscle, because my BF% has stayed the same, and that the scale is NOT the only tool that signals health, but as a person who has lived their whole life overweight, that scale number is still scary. BUT! I will now get to my point. All the “different” ways I tried to eat, eating ONLY things that were on a “diet”, only sent me back to my OLD WAYS before I started my journey! I would either get bored, or start craving things that I “couldn’t” have, and then would end up either overeating, or eating things that would BLOW that particular diet and make me feel like a failure!
SO….I am done searching! I am going back to MY WAY, which is what I will share from now on, and stop trying to re-invent the wheel.
This also goes for exercise! I have been strictly lifting in a certain way, and though I did get some GREAT muscle gains, my strength seems “off”. I LOVE Dr Jim Stoppani, and he calls what I used to do cardio-acceleration. Some call it Interval Training. Some call it a form of HIIT training. Whatever you want to call it, it is what works to burn off the fat and I am going to prove it once and for all to myself. Starting Monday, for the next 12 weeks, I am going to see exactly what kind of gains(or losses) I can make by just doing the workouts that I design for myself and eat the way I ate for the 18 months during weight loss and my “non-struggling” 18 months of maintenance. I will blog about it, document it ALL in my journals, and if all goes as I EXPECT it too, I will know for sure that it is the correct way to go forward with coaching.
That is all for now. Stay tuned and I will try to post more often to keep everyone up to date with how things are going. Thank you all for your continued support!