Since writing this post, I’ve been tinkering with a much kinder plan that is totally unlike anything I have ever done before.
If I am honest, it has been a lot little harder than I anticipated. Slowing down is not how I roll.
Also, I didn’t want to leap gung-ho into something new, because, let’s face it – we have totally been through all of this before. So, I’ve just been trying to go with the flow and pay attention to how I am feeling.
I have been waking up without an alarm, eating within 30 minutes of getting up and have dropped the intensity way back.
All of these things are the complete opposite of how I have been operating. Those three small changes have been quite amazing.
I have not felt anxious and flustered for the first few hours in the office, I have not collapsed into bed at 8pm in an exhausted heap and my energy has been greatly improved. I did not realise these were even issues until they weren’t there anymore.
I think it is definitely worth pursuing for a little longer. For the next 8 weeks, I am going to explore this new angle a little closer.
For those interested, and in the most basic of terms, I am trying to eliminate all of those sneaky fat loss blockers like screwy cortisol, leptin and insulin.
From the reading I’ve done, a clean diet with low intensity exercise (that works with, rather than against our natural hormonal rhythms), the reduction/elimination of lifestyle stress and quality sleep can create some very positive changes – especially with normalising those important hormones and breaking through plateaus.
My slow weight loss, stubborn abdominal blubber and tendency to get stressed about just about everything indicate that I may just have a problem with those screwy hormones.
Regardless, I could certainly do with a bit of a break. I can be haaaaard work sometimes.
- A clean paleo diet as a general rule, relaxing in to the Primal Blueprint over the holidays – allowing limited quantities of:
- heavy cream;
- 85% choc;
- Nuts; and,
for special occasions.
- No snacking.
- Eating a solid breakfast 30 minutes after waking up.
- Starchy carbs after weight training (evening meal).
- No morning training – mobility and/or moderate walk only.
- No aerobic exercise or metcons.
- Weight training and mobility or yoga in the evenings after 5pm.
- Declining any new business bookings for the duration of this plan;
- Eating lunch away from my desk, ideally in the park (barefoot and soaking up the sun);
- Learning how to play (more on this later);
- Learning how to meditate or use other techniques to quiet my busy brain;
- Eliminating the alarm clock;
- Taking time out from technology each day.
So there’s my plan. What are you doing to manage your health balance?