I need to start this by saying it is so bizarre how much my goals and views change… constantly! I’ve learned it’s ok to change your mind. It’s ok for your goals to change. I bulked for a good 4-5 months. I gained 15 lbs. Now I’m in the process of getting some of that off. Originally, I wanted to be super lean. But now that the cutting began…. I started to just accept myself in my current state.
I don’t enjoy eating low calories.
I don’t enjoy eating strictly clean.
I don’t enjoy running on the treadmill for an hour 5 days a week.
I don’t enjoy steady paced running at all.
I enjoy eating carbs.
I enjoy following a flexible diet.
I enjoy lifting weights.
I am willing to do 1 circuit cardio session a week, even though I don’t enjoy it.
I am willing to eat clean 80% of the time, even though I don’t enjoy it.
I am willing to do HIIT cardio for 10-15 minutes 3x a week, even though I don’t enjoy it.
THAT is what it comes down to for me. There are things I won’t do, but there are things that I am also willing to do even if it isn’t enjoyable. I am not a competitor. But I like being in shape. I am open to all diet types and respect whatever diet it is that someone follows. If I could enjoy eating clean 24/7, I would do it. I tried it… and I binged… and I obsessed.. over my body, calories, and expectations. I can truly say I am happy where I am right now. Maybe I’m not the leanest I could be… but I don’t need to be. I am happy with me.
Sometimes I know that my posts promoting IIFYM can come across as demeaning and appear negative towards clean eaters, but that is not my intention. I am just trying to tell the people that do not enjoy strict clean eating, that it doesn’t have to be that way. Is cheese or chocolate or those restaurant bread rolls healthy? No. But obsessing over eating clean when you do not enjoy it is not healthy either. I encourage everyone… Find YOUR balance. My balance may not be the same as yours. If running makes you happy.. DO IT. If sticking to your clean diet 24/7 makes you happy… do it! I truly believe there are many ways to reach your goal WHATEVER it may be. In fitness, life, business, etc. There is no one right way. Be passionate and positive about what you do and you will succeed.
I got a little off track there….. but my point was that during my journey to being lean, I discovered being lean isn’t what would make me happy. Yesterday I cut my carbs down to 200g a day. I had previously been at 225g a day. The only reason I cut down now, is because randomly the last week or so I truly found it hard to meet those carbs everyday… even with eating a cup of oats with breakfast, & a cup of rice or 150g-200g of sweet potato with lunch and dinner. So why not cut them down? If not hungry, no need to eat more. I have added in some more HIIT style cardio. I do 10-15 minutes of either sprint intervals, or intervals on the treadmill 2-3x per week. I also still do my 1 day per week of circuit style cardio, which I have been doing since I started cutting. Let me say.. that is NOT fun. I am dying at the end. But at the same time I am satisfied when I’m done. It is always REALLY hard to finish…. but I never cheat my reps and I always finish. There is something so satisfying about that. Here is my circuit ‘cardio’ from yesterday:
I* did 3 exercises back to back, then rest 30 seconds and repeat twice. I then rested a minute or so before I started the next set of 3 exercises. [Sorry you may not be able to understand some of this because they aren't all "proper" names for the exercises. Feel free to ask if you want me to explain what an exercise is :) ]
Over head ball throw with Squat x 15
Alternating Bounds x 10 each leg
Burpees x 10
Ball Slams x 15
Squat jump step x 18
Plank ab pull-ins with yoga ball x 15
Straight leg Dead Lift to Shoulder press x 12
Lunge step side to side x 20
Frog jumps x 10
And here are some progress pictures from the last couple weeks! I ain’t that lean, but I’m me :)