I've been doing Afterburn and Turbulence Training for most of this year. I've been working hard on getting my eating in order. The body has been changing. I have muscles popping. My bodyfat % has gone down. Things are improving. But not enough, or should I say fast enough, for me. I know the weak link is my nutrition. I'm vigilant about my workouts but I let the nutrition slip - frequently.
I've done a lot of research on nutrition. I can't go back to Weight Watchers, it won't work for me. They are a great program and they got me this far but they are not for people who want to do what I want to do. I've spoken to 2 dietitians. They were really no help at all. They tend to follow the pyramid type eating and they tell me to lose weight cut calories and increase my activity level. Okay, I know that doesn't work.
I've even spoken to personal trainer types. They tend to push supplements and bars and such (at least the ones I spoke to did) and I don't want to eat that stuff. I'd rather eat whole foods in the natural state (or close to it). I knew I needed help with my nutrition but was out of ideas on where to turn.
Then I started reading about Precision Nutrition. While I couldn't read the whole program without buying it, I liked the bits I saw of it. It seemed to follow exactly what I want to do yet helped you dial in nutrition just for your body and activity level. I also read a number of blogs where the people rave about it.
So 2 weeks ago I broke down and bought it. I haven't received it yet but I should get it tomorrow. It turns out they are starting the Precision Nutrition Challenge on Monday July 16th. It's a 4 month challenge and there are some great prizes. Groceries for a year. 3 months of meals. Free digital cameras. Very cool.
After reading and rereading about the challenge and tossing it around in my head, I've decided to enter the challenge. I should receive my kit tomorrow, that will give me a few days to read it over and stock up on everything. Monday morning I start in and don't stop until November 16th. Four months of kick ass workouts and nutrition. Four months of no excuses. Four months of reshaping this old body. I will enter the holiday season in amazing shape, which will put me in a great position to get ready for a fantastic tri season next year.
I'm very excited about this. It will not be easy but I could win groceries for a year. WooHoo!!! So there you have it. I've now publicly declared my intentions and you follow my journey right here.
11 July 2007
A decision has been made.
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Popping muscles! Very sexy! I am going to have to check out this precision thing, it's amazing how dietitians are so into the food pyramid! I think it stinks, does not work for me at all. I don't know what to do about the nutrition, I work out 10-11 times a week and Thursday I was 400, finished an intense tri on Sunday, today I weigh 412! Argh! Double argh!
The most frustrating thing about the pyramid -- and about most diets or exercise routines -- is that they seem to believe all bodies work the same way. Which is obviously a fallacy since people have varied metabolisms and bulk/lean out differently.
Cool about the muscles you are getting! I've noticed my upper arm/shoulder getting mor definition and it's cool.
My eating isn't stellar eithe but my exercising in...I know what to eat but sometimes I don't want to follow the healthy eating plan. This week has been good.
Good luck you on your 4 month challenge!
I found you over at Waddler26.2! I just thought I'd leave a comment instead of lurk! I know a few people who have done Afterburn, and I'm looking into changing up my workouts. I went through Alwyn Cosgroves Shapeshift, but it was basically circuit training. I look forward to reading about how things go for you on Precision Nutrition.
Your entries are always so interesting. I have been lurking too for a while. So today I leave a comment. I can't wait to see what the program does for you. I wish you success.
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