40/30: First Update

I know I’m way late on this…but first let me clear some things up.

  1. I am still alive.
  2. I have not stopped writing.
  3. Some personal/professional issues have made it hard to write as frequently as I have in the past.

To my fans..(hit LIKE if you’re a fan of C.S.); sorry for the delay. As I’ve stated, I’ve been going through some personal stuff recently. These include instances involving my day job that have caused me to take a step back from writing. Again, I do not plan on stopping, I just had to get some things in my life straightened out first.

Now on with the update!

I am happy to say, I have stuck with my ‘self made program’ of exercising and eating right. I am happy to announce that I have noticed some improvements along the way.

First, I would like to make a note that I am NOT a fitness or dietary instructor of any kind. And, as I stated in the first article in the 40/30 series, I am doing these updates to help keep myself accountable. That being said, if you feel inspired by what you read here and want to make some changes in your own habits, that is great! But please go consult your doctor and/or a qualified person before making any drastic changes in your life.

 

The Changes:

Food: Protein is my best friend, and this was especially true for the first 2 weeks. I even kept the proteins simple too. These include;

Breakfast: A Protein Shake.

Lunch: A ‘healthy’ microwavable meal, or leftovers from dinner the night before.

Dinner: Baked or roasted chicken with a little bit of ketchup to help with the flavor. When I got tired of chicken, I would eat shrimp or fish. (I always kept track of how much I was eating through the use of portion control, and health apps on my phone). I would also have some kind of steamed vegetables with the protein as well.

In addition to that, I did NOT drink any alcoholic beverages during these two weeks.

Exercising: Much like my food, I have kept it simple. At least five days a week, I would go for a 2.5 – 3 mile walk. During these walks, I would go off my normal path and sprint up a medium-sized hill in the park I frequent. During each walk, I would sprint up and down the hill at least 1 to 2 times.

As I kept doing these walks and really watching what I was eating, I found myself able to  push myself from going up the hill 1 or 2 times, to going up 5 to 10 times during one walk.

It was a feat that I was proud of, even though 10 times ended up being a little much.

As I found my energy level going up, I found myself eating more. But I still kept my calorie intake in check. I started eating more fruits and even salads; all the while noting the amount of water I was consuming was on a pretty steady incline.

After Week 3, I started lifting weights again. During my lifts, I was purposefully stoping reps at ten to prevent overdoing it.

During Weeks 4-8, I continued to repeat the workouts I’d been doing. But, I started to throw in different lifts to keep from getting bored of the same old routine. I also didn’t want to plateau too quickly into my transformation.

Which, I think brings us to where I am today.

 

The Results:

I have seen SO MANY results during this transformation. These include; my mood has become more pleasant, I look forward to my walks each day, and I don’t feel as worn down everyday as I was use to.

I am going to keep this up and see where it takes me.

 

C.S.

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