First things first – it would be a good idea to start with a clear intention and vision of where I want to go. When I wrote the chapter on this topic in You Are Who You Create, I was surprised how big it ended up being! I mean, I know it sets the stage for all the work to come, but when I started writing I seriously thought it would be a small chapter. (Come to think of it, I thought that about a lot of the chapters!) The concept is simple, but in practice there are many tools that can help, and challenges to get past.
So what is my intention here? Well getting my weight back to a healthier level, yeah. But I want to take this a bit further. When I first started this blog and was doing the krav maga challenge, I was more interested in just radically changing my patterns, and it was successful to say the least! I lost a lot of weight, upped my self defensive abilities, and was the healthiest I had been in my life. Nice. But there were some things I did not like, not to knock it. First, the diet seemed to work, especially if I maintained a decent workout routine, but when I ate the same foods without working out I did seem to gain a little weight. The diet – well really I think it would be better to call it a “nutritional plan” since “diet” is too loaded a word for my taste, and tends to hint of being short term. So the nutritional plan was not bad – lots of veggies, moderate carbs, lots of protein, but when I asked about some of the logic behind the choices so I can better plan my own meals, I could get little details on that. I guess I am personally a stickler for clear logic and science-backed studies. So I want to learn more about how food impacts my body, and what is best to eat/not eat and why.
Then there is exercise. Over the past year I had already been watching a lot of youtube videos on exercise since the krav maga workout did not seem sustainable, and honestly, I really don’t like being a sweaty mess. Again, I can’t knock the system since it certainly worked, but was it efficient? Did I really need to feel like every workout was a bootcamp? When I started this blog, yes. I needed to get off my butt right then and do something radical. And radical it was. In time it became easier, which was a testament to my improved strength and endurance, but I can’t say I ever liked it, and it was proving harder to do on my own at home. So now I want to better understand how exercise works, and what is more efficient at getting me to the same place.
So my intention is this:
- to learn how to eat properly so I can adopt a sustainable, healthy nutritional plan which allows me to enjoy what I eat
- to adopt an exercise routine that again is sustainable, and reasonably enjoyable.
- to embrace the breaking the mold technique and the You Are Who You Create system since that application will help fine tune my efforts to put that all into writing in a clear and easy to follow way.
Who do I want to become? I want to be someone who is healthy, fit, and active. I want to age gracefully and smoothly. I’m not fixated on weight loss this time since the reality is, if I am eating healthily, and remaining active, my body will naturally adjust to a weight that is more healthy for my age and size.