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Put Your Best Foot Forward

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Last Sunday, I expressed my desires to begin making a fitness transformation. In order to make that transformation a reality, you have to put your best foot forward followed by your second best foot.  That’s both literal and figurative.  Your mindset has to prepare yourself for multiple changes and requires a different level of effort.  If you truly want to be the best version of yourself, the healthiest version of yourself, then you have to make the appropriate sacrifices.

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That means potentially sacrificing sleep to make sure that you can get your workout or your run in.  That means sacrificing all of those delicious fried foods and sweet desserts.  That means giving up time with your friends to workout.  That means not going to the bar to drink and regain all of the weight you just lost.

Being the best version of yourself requires you to put forth effort, and put your best foot forward.

How my diet changed.

This week, I’ve made significant changes and progress in my fitness routine along with my diet and nutrition.

This past Memorial Day, I did some brainstorming and came to an interesting conclusion in regards to my diet.  I noticed that many times after I eat chicken, beef or pork, I feel sluggish, less engaged and want to take a nap or relax.  However, after I have seafood or the occasional vegetarian dish, my energy levels remained higher.  So, I made the decision to adopt the pescatarian diet and focus on improving what I put in my body.

For those who don’t know, a pescatarian is one who is a vegetarian, but eats fish and seafood, as well.

Since I’ve made this decision, I’ve felt phenomenally better and my wife has been very supportive of this change.  I was able to make a vegetarian lasagna this week and even though it took me over 2 hours to make (way to long because I’m an amateur!), it felt great to take charge of my health and wellness.

How my workout changed

Along with my diet changes, I changed my workout routine.  Normally, I would stick to a gym workout program and focus on strength training and slack off in abs and cardio, but I flipped the script. Now, I am focusing on my cardio and instead of going to the gym (at least for now), I’ll do HIIT workouts instead.

This week, I ran 9 miles, including 2 runs of 3 miles on Friday.  It hurt, but it felt so rewarding to be able to push myself in this way.  I would run 2 miles, followed by doing sprints in the last mile.  The reason I did this is because I’m trying to train my mind and my body that I can go faster than what I accept.  My mind and body is accepting not stopping as a successful run, but at this point in my life, that’s unacceptable.

My goal needs to be improving my stride and running consistently faster.  Hopefully, by mixing runs like this in with longer distance runs, I will begin to see improvement.

I want to work my way up to doing longer runs.  The longest I’ve ran is a 10k, which is around 6.5 miles.  I don’t have a final number of: I want to run XX amount of miles.  I think my short-term goal is to run 10 miles and continue to work up from there.  By the end of June, I’ll have a 10 mile run completed.

I have also been able to make time to teach myself to ride a bike, as I mentioned in my post Focus On What You Can Change.

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Moving forward

For the month of June, my goal is to run 100 miles.

I’m going to continue making time to ride my bike nearby and potentially work on doing longer bike rides and incorporating it into my workout regimen.

I’m not sure if the answer if intermittent fasting for me, but after using a macronutrient calculator, I know my daily calorie intake can be no more than 2300 calories if I want to lose weight.  I want to make a better meal plan that can satisfy this nutritional goal.

I’ll be making regular posts on my Instagram on my progress on my health and fitness transformation.  Please follow me here and I hope to inspire you to make a similar journey for yourself. Thank you for your continued support.

-Matt

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