Hey, Dragons! This week’s post will be my last GAME Plan. I’m taking on a lot of other projects and so something had to go, and unfortunately it was this column. I’m not going far, though. Kenny knows where to find me, so I’m sure I’ll make guest appearances in the Dumbbells and Dragons world from time to time. So, to put a button on the journey, I wanted to take this last post to talk about what I’ve learned over the year or so I’ve been writing this column.
One of the most challenging things about writing this column was forcing myself to think about my nutrition and fitness. If I went 2 weeks without doing anything positive for my health, I had nothing to write about. It was easy to write on weeks that I had been good, but it was a real struggle when I hit rough patches and didn’t want to deal with my nutrition or do that extra set of whatever. Knowing that I had to talk about what I did or did not do every 2 weeks was amazing accountability.
I’ve learned a lot about myself as I’ve tried various strategies. Some of the things I’ve been most successful with, I see staying a part of my routine for a very long time. “Walk to you food” is now a daily mantra for me. I was very lucky to meet my personal trainer and he’s helping me work through my expectations of what exercise and nutrition needs to be. As summer approaches, I’m looking forward to getting back in the pool and doing more SpeedoFit stuff to round out my workouts. Also, frozen mango is delicious.
I have had struggles, too. My nutrition will always be a bigger struggle for me than exercise. Time is a great obstacle to my success and is constantly throwing curve balls at me. What I’ve learned is that these obstacles are never going to go away. Knowing that, it’s very tempting to give up and say, “Why bother?” The honest answer is, I am definitely in a better place than I was a year ago. I may not be at an ideal weight, or have my nutrition down to a perfected science, but I’m making better decisions than I was, and I’m aware of my bad decisions. I can’t pretend I don’t know I’m not supposed to have that bag of candy.
Moving forward and tying up loose ends.
I want to address something I said in my last article. Last time, I talked about looking into Ketogenic diets. Upon further research, and advice from both my trainer and a good friend, I’ve decided it’s not for me. There is very little flexibility in it and it’s very easy to kick your body out of ketosis. My trainer said that he often discourages diet plans, but Ketogenics is one that he can get behind scientifically. He still discourages it, however. Instead, he advised Flexible Dieting which is all about counting macros and calories. It’s going to be work, but we all know, nothing that’s worth anything in life comes for free. So I’m going to start counting macros in June.
You’ll notice that I’m still making plans. Ending my column does not end my journey. I’m going to keep working towards my goals, and when I finally reach them, I’ll set new ones. That’s why it’s a journey. I know, as long as I’m make Gradual changes, find ways to stay Accountable, take everything in Moderation, and stay Enthusiastic about what I’m doing, I will always be moving towards my goals.
I want to thank Kenny for allowing me a place to share my successes and struggles over the past year. Kenny is truly one of the most motivational people I have ever met. I also want to thank my personal trainer Jaime Jimenez who reminds me constantly to keep pushing to the end and Mandy Blake who is constantly reminding me to stay positive! And, of course, thank you to all of you who have taken time out of your lives to read my musings on the interwebs.
As always… what are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Don’t be strangers! And always remember: #WorkOutNerdOut!