29 July, 2015

Weekly Workout {Week 2}

You want to see someones head spin around out of confusion when talking food and nutrition? Tell them you don't eat breakfast and that "No, it really isn't the best way for me to start my day". They will FREAK OUT.

So there it is. I don't eat breakfast. In fact, I don't eat lunch or dinner at all.

What the what?!

I have a SHITTY relationship with food. It is awful. I eat when I'm sad, tired, hungry, happy, bored, starving and when it is time for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. And at times when I eat when it is for reasons other than, "Whoa, I really AM hungry", I tend to hate myself for it.

Enter Intermittent Fasting.

One of the biggest things Drew and I worked on last summer was my eating habits. I didn't go into all the crappy details with him, but he always told me we had talked about enough of the important details that he has some ideas/suggestions to help.

Intermittent Fasting can be a done a few different ways, but I have opted for 16/8 Rule. What that means is that I "fast" for 16 hours and "eat" for 8 hours. Obviously I am not eating for the entire 8 hours, but all my meals/food is consumed during that 8 hours period which is either 11-7 (usually on the weekends) or 12-8 (weekdays). If I need to adjust, I just make sure that my last meal is eaten no more than 8 hours AFTER my first meal. It can be tricky and sometimes means I'm eating a Quest Nutrition Protein Bar on my way home from CrossFit at 8:30pm but this plan has worked wonders for me!

But what about the deal with not eating breakfast, lunch or dinner? Rather than "labeling" meals as such, I call them Meal 1, Meal 2 and Meal 3 with a snack thrown in every so often. For me, this helps to eliminate the whole "Oh boy. It's 5:30pm. It's time for dinner!" and allows me to actually listen to my body telling me that it is time to eat. I know it sounds weird, but these little mind tricks help keep me on track.

I'm still working on the "schedule" but my weeks of traveling for work should be done. Next week should see a pretty regular schedule which means I can start getting my gym time on again!

Monday: HIIT Workout
Tuesday: CrossFit Night
Wednesday: 1.25 mile walk with Bandit
Thursday: 1 mile walk with Bandit
Friday: Off
Saturday: CrossFit
Sunday: 1.5 mile walk with Bandit and HIIT Workout



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