It has been a few weeks since my last post so this update will be a triple scoop. I'll admit I got distracted by Easter initially but shortly after we had a bit of a family emergency and we ended up in the hospital for two weeks. All good now though!
You are what you eat
The last few weeks really demonstrated how much impact what you put in your mouth can have. On this three month experiment I am not doing any crazy dieting and I am not being super careful about what I eat. The whole point is to show that good results are possible without eating six calorie controlled macro balanced meals a day. I still want to be able to have a scoop of gelato with the kids or a glass of wine with dinner. But there are limits and I think I may have pushed them a little far over Easter!
Yes, I most certainly over indulged on Easter eggs over the holidays. What started out as a few eggs after dinner turned into a bit of a splurge over way too many days. I blame the kids! Seriously though, that consistent increase in calories makes it incredibly difficult if you have a weight loss goal. Throw in a few work dinners or lunches and you have a calorie wall that is going to be very difficult to break down with a sufficient volume of exercise.
The gym being closed over the public holidays certainly didn't help. There lies the danger - when you drastically, even if only temporarily, increase your calorie intake, you only need a further imbalance in your foundation to fall off the wagon (read about the four foundations of health and fitness here). Now I didn't put on 5kgs in a week but my progress did shift into reverse and it probably took the next two weeks to get back to my pre-Easter starting point.
It isn't all bad news
So whilst diet wise Easter was wobbly and I missed a few sessions because of public holidays, there was still good progress overall. Many of my major lifts have improved and I am making good progress on some of my other goals (doing a headstand and a muscle up), but the area that I have been quietly and consistently working on has been my flexibility and mobility.
Most nights whilst sitting in front of the TV I'll spend time stretching and holding positions. It has taken some time but I am finally starting to see some results. Overall I feel better and I think I am moving better but now I can actually touch and hold my toes! I can do this both sitting and standing. Today for a bit of a challenge I tried doing some box jumps. I've never done these before, but after working my way up I managed to jump 105 cms or 42 inches on my first try. I was pretty pleased with that!
Back to regular updates from now. I hoped you enjoyed the update.