Me on regular days:
Me on cheat day:
Accurate LOL whoopsie.
I’ve been struggling pretty hardcore on my eating/nutrition lately. It’s not that I was doing god awful, it’s just that I would do well, then fall into a bad habit to reward myself a little too much.
I’m tired of it, though. I’m ready to feel great and healthy all the time, not just for a week at a time. Having to detox my body from the crap every 2 weeks was getting OLD, so I started a new “diet” (I hate the word diet) last week, and as I’m nearing the end of my first week of new eating habits, I gotta say—I’m a fan.
I picked up a copy of Chris Powell’s book Choose More, Lose More For Life. In it, he details the idea behind the carb cycling plan. The basic premise is that you eat 5 meals a day and alternate your high carb days with your low carb days. The idea is that your low carb days will utilize the carbs stored in your muscles rather than storing it as fat, and on high carb days you’re giving your muscles the energy they need to work and start burning that fat again.
He also outlines a workout regimen as well, in which you do 9 minute strength type exercises 5 times a week plus up to an hour or more of interval cardio.
I really love this lifestyle. For some, it may feel a little intimidating and restricting, but for those who are already healthy minded people, it’s not too hard to jump on and get moving.
I’m not exactly sure how much weight I’ve lost this week—I didn’t weigh myself at the beginning of the week because truthfully, I didn’t even want to know. But I feel better, and I feel healthy again, and that’s what’s important.
Tomorrow is my first Sunday Funday, aka guilt free day where I can eat the things I choose that don’t necessarily follow the carb cycling plan/food lists. At first I thought I’d be thrilled and want to eat some pizza or ice cream, but truthfully I’m just excited to have oatmeal with banana slices and almond butter, hah!
I could go into way more detail about carb cycling guidelines, foods you can eat on which days of the week, and snack/meal options that I’ve discovered so far, but that’s another post for another day.
If you WANT to know more about my carb cycling ventures, let me know and I’d be glad to write a more detailed post about the plan and the foods and the meals and whatnot :)
(Also, if this sounds like something you’d like to try, check out Chris’ website! http://chrispowell.com)