I've just completed my first month of training, which means I've made it halfway through Phase 1. During Phase 1, I'm really working on building mass. That means lots of reps to failure in the gym and focusing on getting enough protein and carbs to keep my energy level high for training and recovery.
I'm noticing, though, that as I add inches of muscle without focusing on getting lean (yet), I feel uncomfortable in my clothes. Everything fits a little tighter than I would like. It's like the muscle is pushing my fat outward from underneath. Ugh! I weighed myself this morning and saw that I'm at 209 pounds! Time to slim down or risk looking like a puffed up meat head!
I've also been feeling like I'm letting stress dictate my diet. Things have been hectic at work and at home. As a result, I recently realized that I'm shoveling into my mouth ANYTHING that is put in front of me. Eating without discretion may be fun for awhile, but I actually get tired of eating after a bit. I'm at that point now. Last night as I mindlessly munched on my last few bits of pizza and drank a glass of wine, it dawned on me that, not only was I not being mindful of the tastes and textures of my meal, but I was actually ignoring that fact that I was not enjoying it. Time to turn this bus around!
So, starting today I'm cleaning up my diet. For how long? Permanently! I've the done the 28 days to this and the 30 days to that. I'm ready to commit myself to an entire year of mindful eating and increased nutrition. In fact, I'm so ready that I'm not waiting for the old New Year's resolution phase. I'm jumping in now and foregoing all the sweets and goodies that surround the upcoming holidays. With two weeks to the new year, I'm looking forward to waking up January 1 ALREADY feeling slimmer and trimmer and cleaner throughout!
I'll keep you posted and maybe I'll put up some embarrassing pictures soon.