Keeping moving forward

I've been at this AltShift lifestyle now for 4 months - or close to it. A few weeks back, I stepped on the scale. It was down 15lbs and I was over the moon. I mean insanely happy, ecstatic, nothing could bring me down happy. And that was bad. As I explained in another post, I felt that happy, almost invincible, and the deviations started coming fast and furious. I think I went one weekend where I had alcohol and ate off plan every single day. Actions like that are not going to keep things going. I understand why I did it. I haven't lost 15 lbs in years. Years!!! So the fact that I did in 2 months is just crazy. And the fact that I'm really not doing anything, walking, meditating, sleeping, and watching what I eat. So after that high, I did some mental work and got myself back in check. I've been following the protocol with a few deviations here and there, nothing major except possibly Thanksgiving, and I'm feeling amazing. Stepped on the scale again today and I…

Why am I doing this?

It's been a while, almost a month. Lots have happened in that time. I'm still on AltShift and I'm doing the 2nd round of Activate. Initially, I thought that the momentum would carry me, but I quickly discovered that was not the case. I needed the reminding every day of what needed to be done, plus the pep talks that come with the program. So I started off really good. I did not post anywhere, but I had lost 15 lbs and a number of inches. Once I found that out, the deviations started coming fast and furious. I didn't meditate. I stopped getting my 10,000 steps or even really trying. I ate more food off shift. Etc. So I signed up for another round of Activate and then I didn't follow through. I wasn't listening to the videos in the morning. I wasn't doing my steps. And I was letting the shifts slip. And there was no good reason for any of it. So I need to stop deviating but I need to understand why I'm doing things. So this is my new mantra.

Anything th…

Making progress

Well, I've been on AltShift almost 6 weeks now and things are going well. I have finally completely accepted the fact that I can't rush this. I have to take it slow and I must, must, must have a good base from which to work. That is what I'm working on now - my base. I'm am working on making 10,000 steps, meditation, 8 hours sleep, and eating the right foods everyday iron clad habits. I'm doing really well on that front, but they are still not rock solid and I want them to be. But I'm getting there. I have devoted the last few weeks to getting all this behavior locked in and I'm really close to doing just that. It has been a huge help having the AltShift Activate group and I think I'm going to do another round. I've made huge strides towards getting this nailed down and I really do not want to lose my momentum. I'm afraid if I end now, I will lose the momentum I have gained and slip back into old habits. I'm feeling too damn good to let tha…

30 days of AltShift

Can't believe I'm even putting this out there, but here it is. I've been on AltShift for 30 days and this is my first progress photo. The right side is when I started and the left side is this morning. I have no idea what I weigh, but I know that my clothes are fitting better. I just see so much improvement in those photos. I'm actually kind of stunned.

So, what am I doing? Well, I'm doing AltShift. This is the longest I have stuck with it and it really does feel amazing. I have not been perfectly following the protocol, but I've been doing much better than ever before. Looking at these pictures makes me want to do it even better now.

I did make a major error this morning and I paid dearly for it. There was a pancake fundraiser for the football team and we went. I made a conscious decision to eat the pancakes even though I haven't really had any wheat or sugar in a month. Well, around noon I started to feel it. I got all shaky and sweaty and felt like crap…


That's me. I realized yesterday that lately, I've been very happy. Not over the moon maniac happy, just happy, content with my life. I started AltShift Activate on Sept. 17 - 13 days ago. Since then I have deviated slightly from the plan. One day I had 1 beer for lunch. Last Sunday I had some fried foods and some wheat foods. Oh, and last night I had some bottled salad dressing. Those deviations are so small and I approached each knowing it was a one-off event. I am damn proud of myself. To get this far and not feel like I deserve some sort of treat for staying the course. The fact of the matter is, I feel damn amazing. My clothes are fitting better. My whole attitude is changing and I'm seeing the positive side of things. Things are not getting me stressed out as much. Even my classes are going better. I don't get angry at them like I used to. I will tell you, there is no food on earth that feels as good as this does. I am sleeping really, really well. I'm walkin…

Forward, ever so slowly

Well, after months of frustration, after not making any forward progress at all, after watching the scale slowly creep upwards no matter what I did, I seem to have finally hit on the right path. Way back in 2015 I purchased a book called AltShift. I can't call it a diet because it is a way of eating that you can stick to forever. It is carb cycling. 5 days of low carb/high fat followed by 3 days of high carb/low fat. So for 5 days, I eat basically Paleo then or 3 days I eat like a bodybuilder. It's not that restrictive but that the general idea. It's only been 12 days but I already feel amazing. Yesterday I wore some pants that were super tight on me last week and they fit great yesterday. I stepped on the scale this morning and I'm down 6 pounds. I have also lost about 1/2" on my waist and hips. Cannot tell you how amazing I feel. Part of it is to walk as much as possible too. That I'm struggling with a little and I'm not really sure why. Well, yesterday…

Zero forward progress

So last week I was all angry and pissed off and things were going to change and they were going to change NOW!!! I made a plan and wrote it down in my planner and everything. So what happened this week??? Nothing! Absolutely!!! Nothing!!!! It was amazing.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did nothing as far as working out goes. Oh, I lie, I did yoga on Sunday (btw, it almost killed me). Monday morning I did go to the gym and that actually felt pretty darn good. But then Monday afternoon we had a Labor Day pool party and there was alcohol. More alcohol than I should have drunk on a school night. Plus we had Iggy who got up 2 or 3 times a night. So I went to bed early Sunday, but I had alcohol in me and Iggy getting me up 3 times. Luckily I took some ibuprofen and had water next to my bed through the night. I woke up feeling pretty good but I woke up late. So no gym and by the time I got home I was pretty tired. So no yoga. Tuesday night I slept really, really well and only heard Iggy on…