Whole Life Challenge – Prep Week



Getting psyched for the upcoming challenge ?  I am. I am also prepping.

First off I am increasing my water intake and stocking the house with sparkling water.  I am horrible about hydrating and I HATE flat water.  Having the type of water I like to drink at arms length, will make it much easier to keep up with hydration , nothing worse than trying to make my 85 ounces per day goal in the last two hours before I go to bed !

Secondly, having lost considerable weight and inches in the last two challenges, my goal here, is more lean muscle.  To achieve that, I know I need to increase calories, specifically, increase protein.  I am nervous about that because I know if I see my weight going up I am going to freak out and want to starve myself.  I’ll to have to keep reminding myself that it’s about body fat % not weight.  On that note, I went ahead and got a Fitbit Aria scale which allows me to monitor my BF%.  I know it is not as accurate as the hydrostatic tanks, but who can afford to do that weekly ?  With Aria, even if the numbers aren’t perfect, it will at least track progress or lack thereof.

Thirdly (is that a word?) I, or I should say we, my wife and I, are scouring the internet and health food stores for good deals on WLC compliant, sugar free, gluten free, snacks.  I am going to be off work, unless some day player stuff comes up, for the entirety of the challenge and that means a lot of movies and videos at home.  I don’t know about you but, for me, snacks and movies go together like yin and yang.  Having tasty stuff around that is satisfying and clean food, will definitely help.

Fourth, since I am all about apps and gadgets, my phone is loaded with MapMyWalk, Zombies Run! and MyFitnessPal, linked to Fitbit.  Don’t judge me !   I am using these to monitor my caloric intake and just as important, my calorie burn. I am super hyper and active and for me it’s easy to burn up calories just pacing while I am on the phone or walking to meetings and that kind of thing.  Also with MyFitnessPal allows me to monitor what types of food (protein, carbs and fat) I am taking in.  I can set goals.  I am excited about learning more about food.

Lastly, since I can not, as of yet, lift weights because of my surgery in December.  On advice of my physician I am able to do body weight exercises,  things like dips and push-ups.  With that in mind I ordered a weight vest to increase resistance.  I also got some ankle weights to increase the effectiveness of leg lifts and running stairs.  My workout plan is distance running one day, walking 30-45 minutes coupled with core and upper body work the next, and stairs and squats the the third day.  Day four will be active recovery which will consist of a mellow walk and possible some light cycling.  I think this will be pretty effective.  I am really making this all up as I go along as I have no trainer and I do not belong to a gym, but my attitude is, I decreased my weight from 197 to 169 and my BF% from 23.4 to 15.8, during the past two challenges and I did it all the same way, just doing what seemed logical based on research on the internet.

Anyway.  I hope my plan, or the fact that I am planning at all, will help motivate and maybe educate some of my teammates, because another one of my goals for this challenge is to assist and possibly inspire people



This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply