I began to believe this a couple months ago, but it’s becoming abundantly clear – my weight has settled between 139-143 lbs.
Could I restrict carbs to a crazy level and attempt shedding even more body fat? Of course.
But I don’t want to do that. I found a good balance between eating the correct macro composition, enjoying the foods I eat, and having extra carbohydrates on certain occasions. Rarely do I take an entire “cheat day” from morning to night stuffing my face.
Instead, I stuff my face for 2-3 hours after intermittent fasting all day until late afternoon/dinnertime. This usually makes me feel terrible for the rest of the night, and I wake up the next day ready to start a streak of low-carb days.
At this point, getting back on track doesn’t feel forced at all. I do it because of how much better I feel throughout the day when I control my carb intake!
What has been positive?
I’m getting very consistent with morning physical activity.
This doesn’t mean I’m lighting the world on fire or vigourously sweating, but I find at least 15 minutes 6 days out of the week to do either pushups, kettlebell swings or resistance band training.
I’ve since added two new pieces of equipment that fit with my minimalist vibe: door frame mounted pullup bar and ab wheel.
These cost about $35 total, and with Amazon Prime I received them within 2 days. If you didn’t know, I love Amazon.
Having a handful of workout items in my home allows me to get after it at random times, sometimes even as I’m walking from room to room.
The pull-up bar is the entrance to my home office, and I’ll often bang out a set of 10 before proceeding to the computer (which is a standing desk).
I’m all about low-hanging fruit. Take any small victory you can, and let it build up. My entire workout routine began with pushups and kettlebell swings only. I started with sets of 20-30 each. I didn’t have many workouts longer than 20 minutes.
Now I have a lot of variety, going between sets of push-ups, pull-ups, a number of exercises with the kettlebell, or simply scheduling difficult yard work (there’s 4 tons of rock in my driveway currently).
I don’t think I would be sticking to an exercise routine if I wasn’t a) getting up early and b) working out within 30 minutes of getting up.
Start small, have a vision, and let the minor victories lead to major changes.
Starting Weight: 143 lbs
Ending Weight: 142 lbs
Monthly Weight Loss: 1 lbs
Total Weight Loss (Since 11/1/2015): 34 lbs
- It’s roast chicken season! I make whole chickens and use bones for stock.
- Instead of giving out candy on Halloween, I golfed for the 4th year in a row.
- Planted out arugula, spinach and lettuce greens (probably should have done this sooner).
- Managed several higher carb days (100-150 grams) without much weight fluctuation.