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More wellness . . . less confusion

A Depth Year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

This might sound crazy coming from a certified Health Coach, but there is too much information out there regarding diet, exercise, fitness, healthy living, etc.  Way too much information for any one person to take in, sort through, and come to a conclusion — unless you have nothing else to do all day.

In the end, the information overload and information wars just caused me a lot of confusion.  So for this depth year I am pitching it all aside.  No more reading the latest study, no more buying the latest videos, no more bringing home the latest fitness gadget.

No more!

I committed to a session of FASTer Way to Fat Loss after seeing so many people I respect talk about it.  I am also committing to paying attention to how what I eat makes me feel. I commit to listening to my own body about how movement feels. I commit to being gentle with myself about my auto-immune disease and the effects of it.

Food: 

I started the New Year with a Whole 30.  I followed it like it was a bible command for the 30 days. No grains, no sugars, no dairy, no legumes, no alcohol, no scale, NO CHEATING. Was it easy? Heck no!  It was one temptation after another. It was one small quiet moment of saying no after another.  But, at the end, I felt so much better.

Being honest, this was kind of the opposite of what I wanted. You see I want to be a vegan. I really do. I don’t like the whole meat industry and slaughtering industry. But, and this is the key and the thing I really had to learn for myself, MY body is not built to digest and process carb very well. So I committed to buying the very best meat I can. I stick mostly with fish, chicken, and turkey. Although once a week I make a roast and enjoy it with my family.

I’m signed up for the next session of FWtFL that starts on March 26.  I’m really excited because it appears to be a well-rounded program.  When my Comprehensive Guide came, I began putting as many of the principles into place as possible. Kind of a mini-FWtFL!

Here’s a brief summary of what I understand (before taking the actual program) of the nutrition component:

  • Intermittent Fasting (IF): 16 hour fasting window; 8 hour eating window.
  • Carb Cycling
  • Matching workout to carb cycle

Exercise/Movement:

The FWtFL has an exercise plan too.  Right now I am following the Prep Week information that was sent with the guide. I’m making some modifications based on the arthritis in my hands.

I’m still on week 1 of my prep, but wow! I can tell I am going to get stronger with this program. After the first strength training I felt it in my shoulders, so I used my foam roller and that helped.  I didn’t think a thing about my legs . . . until the next morning! Now my plan is to do some brief stretching and foam rolling after each strength workout.

Here’s a brief summary of the exercise component:

  • Rest Day
  • HIIT + LISS
  • HIIT + LISS
  • strength training
  • strength training
  • rest day
  • strength training

I will post an update before my first official day of FWtFL and again at the end of the program.

 

 

 

 

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