Halloween Workout

Monday October 31, 2011

Halloween Super Secret Workout


ANNOUNCEMENT: Wear your costumes to the workout tomorrow. Don't worry if they are really cumbersome or not very workout friendly; the workout is more for fun than serious. It will still be hard though :).  Best costume/spirit will win a pair of Rogue Wrist Straps!

Tomorrow is the last day of the No-Bread challenge. The feeling I got just from asking around the gym and having conversations from everyone was that most of you participated. Some more than others, some strict, some lenient. I want you guys to reflect back on this month and ask yourselves a few questions. What was the biggest hurdle during this challenge? What can you do differently in the future to change your diet for the better? Did you benefit from doing this challenge and in what way?

I'm sure many of you realized very quickly that not eating "bread" (bread meaning all of the products we avoided) can be an inconvenience. Planning ahead is critical. But honestly, once you had your new routine down, was it really that hard? Most people after a few weeks get accustomed to preparing meals, cooking once eating twice, and having healthy snacks for on-the-go situations. Moving forward, I hope each of you that participated now have the knowledge and skills to sustain this diet for the long term. A good general rule is the 90/10 approach, which means 90% of the things you eat fall under the no bread, no gluten, no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no alcohol, and no caffeine category. Ten percent of the things you put into your body can be treats such as the one's just mentioned. Another good approach is the day off strategy. You strict 6 days a week and have a day off where you can literally eat and drink whatever you want for that whole day. It usually makes you sick and not want to eat those foods anymore, but it's a good way to eliminate cravings during the week and it also ensures you are eating very well 300 days out of the year.

I still heard a few grumblings about, "Not being able to eat carbs." Remember folks, we are not evolved to eat bread and bread products, which have only existed for 10,000 years. Carbs are meant to come from plants aka fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, sprouts, legumes etc. Michael Pollan has probably the shortest and best advice that relates to this: "Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants."

I encourage all of you to stick with the challenge until Saturday at the Naughty Food Party, or at least until your baseline is completed. A few more days is not going to break you. I giant binge the day of or night before your baseline could be very counter-productive so keep that mind. Congratulations on a great month of good eating and good workouts!

No Bread Baselines: Tuesday and Wednesday of this week!

Naughty Food Party: Saturday November 5th at 12:30 pm