The rhythm of life changes when summer comes. The girls are out of school, so my daily routine goes out of the window.
With a working spouse, I’m hanging out with the girls all summer. While this is wonderful and I appreciate it tremendously, it also leaves little me-time. I wake up around 5:30 am, but so do the kids. They go to bed at 8; I go to bed at 9. There just isn’t much time.
We’re also on the road more which disrupts the routine:
And the diet goes out of the window sometimes:
If I was a better person with more willpower, I’d just eat broccoli and salads consistently. I’d resist the siren calls of sweet things and deep-fried cheese curds. However, I’m not that person; at least not when I’m traveling.
At the beginning of summer, I was all the way down to 149 pounds. On 8/1, I was at 161.6. How does one ride a bicycle 400 miles in a week and gain weight?
Now that I’m back home, it’s time to right the ship…
It’s always interesting to push your limits. We find out who we really are when we explore life outside of our comfort zones. For the month of August, I’ll practice extreme discipline with regard to food and exercise. This will be an experiment to see what I can accomplish in one month.
I plan to:
- Exercise every day: Some days will be cycling and others will be P90x style, strength workouts. (No need to hear from you Shannon!)
- Practice time-restricted eating: Consume food between noon and 6 pm only.
- Stick to a keto (no-carb) diet: I farted around with ketosis earlier this year and had very good results. I’ll have more to say about this later.
- Severely limit alcohol consumption.
I want to see how much I can change in 31 days. To track my progress, I’ll monitor the following:
- Body fat % (measuring with a bioimpedance scale)
- Resting HR
One Per Week
- Measure stomach, chest, and bicep
- Pushup max
- Pullup max
Here is where I’m starting (8/1):
And in the interest of transparency, I must include embarrassing pictures. It’s one thing to tell you I’m doing something. It’s quite another to actually show you. Sorry.
One month isn’t a very long time to create big changes, but it is long enough to maintain rigorous discipline. I’m guessing that I can shed between 8 and 10 pounds. More than that, I’ll get back on track.
I’ll post my progress and thoughts every Saturday in the month of August.
Wish me luck.
Join the 10s who have signed up already!
Subscribing will improve your life in incredible ways*.
*Only if your life is pretty bad to begin with.