Able to run a few miles at an easy pace. No six pack. No abs of steel to blast across Instagram.
Why would anyone listen to me about fitness and nutrition?
Neither my physique or my performance in various sports (collegiate rowing, various martial arts, and recreational activities like snow skiing) will stand out. I have struggled with my weight and body image all of my life, but thanks to the way I am built I can hide fat well. When I complain about getting in shape, my friends and family sigh and shake their heads. My doctor tells me I am healthy and that I should just keep doing what I have been doing.
I have no before and after pictures to share, no inspirational near death experience. All I can bring is a lifetime of sorting health and fitness information, struggling to meet my goals, and a sincere desire to improve.
Who would read my blog?
Then, something happened. I started getting older. At 47, I am holding my own. Sometimes I improve when conventional wisdom suggests I should start reciting the phrase, “It sucks getting old.”
No. It doesn’t suck getting old. What sucks is feeling older than I should. Or suffering health problems that might have been at least minimized. I have friends my age with pacemakers.
I don’t want a pacemaker.
I want to have enough energy and health left that I can travel the world with my wife when I retire.
Throughout the course of this blog I will discuss books and blogs I have read and advice from gurus I have known. But for now, since this blog post is already too long, I will begin.
My First Step - Food Preparation
Today I woke up, drank a glass of water, poured coffee (with some coconut oil #BulletProofCoffee, sort of), and started making all of my food for the day. Why? 1) To really know and control what I am eating, and 2) to remove decisions later in the day.
Science has shown that willpower decreases throughout the day. (I will look up the reference when I have time.) Staying up really late is a bad food choice waiting to happen.
The following menu starts out low carb, but I am not trying to follow any specific diet at this point. My goal is to know what I am eating, how it makes me feel, and to track the results.
Bulletproof Coffee (kinda sorta)
Frozen Berries and Whey Protein
Pro Tips & Takeaways