Training Post: Whole30 – Day 8

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Not quite training, but related anyway. 6 days ago, I began the Whole30¬†program. It’s now Day 6.

I probably should have done a mini post at Day 1, but as usual, life gets in the way and things get busy. Anyway, here I am now at Day 6. Things I’ve noticed so far – the food isn’t as boring as I thought it was going to be. And I’m probably doubling the original vegetable intake I had previously.

I’m not sure what effect it’s having on weight just yet, because part of the program is that you don’t weigh yourself during the 30 days. Which makes it a bit weird in terms of, I have no idea how I’m doing. What I have noticed though is a few smarter choices in food, but the biggest challenge so far has been NO RICE!! Now as a Filipino man, I have to wonder….why am I depriving myself of something that makes up 90% of our cuisine? That’s been the hardest part, but everything else seems fine.

Good things I have noticed, energy levels seem to be up and I’m less reliant on my coffee (now with Almond milk instead of plain milk). I feel a bit more positive and happier, which may or may not be a side effect of food. I’m also way more conscious of what I’m eating. Ohh and I have saved a lot of money by making my own lunch rather than eating out all the time (and usually grabbing sushi, or something sandwich like).

Fun fact though – The Whole30 program requires you to stay away from grains as well, which includes bread. There I am at Mass on Sunday, after having received Communion, and a friend of mine leans over and said “I thought you weren’t allowed bread…isn’t that breaking the diet?”. Lol I’m pretty sure we don’t need to be that strict ūüėõ

Anyway, updates as they come. If there is progress, I’ll probably post it on Instagram.

For anyone interested in the Whole30 program, check out the Whole 30 website by clicking here or entering http://whole30.com/ into your browser.

Happy training everyone!

Training Post 1: Back to the grind

For those who have known me long enough, most will know that I’m a big fan of hitting the gym and training hard. However, as some of you may also already know, last year September, I managed to injure my lower back pretty badly that I was even having trouble moving from a lying to standing position, or even trouble sitting down. I wasn’t able to train at all and it drove me nuts. Slowly some of the weight that I had worked so hard to lose was coming back. And it didn’t exactly help that we had Christmas and New Years with all that glorious food. ¬†The Singapore trip wasn’t¬†really the best thing for it too, as it was just like being back in Manila, rice every day!!

Having said that, the past few weeks have been great slowly getting back into routine. It’s looked a bit like this:

January/February before Singapore – Stronglifts 5×5 (source¬†http://stronglifts.com/5×5/) with off days being used for practicing Oly Lifts again

After Singapore til today – Running¬†and interval training plus a return to a more Oly Lift focused workout. On some days, I’ll do the following from¬†http://danjohn.net/beginners/

Start with a little Warm Up
Snatch : 8 Sets of Doubles
Clean and Jerk :8 Sets of Singles
Front Squat: 5 Sets of 5
Press : 5 Sets of 3

But lately, I’ve been slowly returning to the GoodFit Training program set out by my PT Jed Bonnevie.

Getting back into this lifestyle has not been easy, especially after injury. I’ve fallen back into old habits of sleeping in and being a bit lazy. To be honest, it feels much easier to just lie down and think “I used to be super fit and healthy and not so fat” and then just accept it, but then I think back to what it was that let me end up being over 115kg (253lb for you imperial unit people) back in 2012, was that very reason. I just rolled over and accepted that it was too hard. I had also done something similar, I’d injured myself, got comfortable and then just let myself eat. I had accepted back then that there was nothing I could do.

That was until I moved to Auckland in 2013, and I’d made it from 115kg down to 90kg over the course of a year and a bit. I maintained that until last year, September. I came pretty close to hitting 100kg again, until I restarted my training. Now it’s slowly coming back off again, but rebuilding these habits, I have to make a decision every day. Now it’s about putting myself back into that mindset I had several years ago when I decided, “enough is enough”.This is it for me again. A restart. A homecoming to the world of fitness and training. Everyday is Day 1 of the rest of my life. I’m deciding to make it count. I’m back!