It's a cold and dark Friday here in Minnesota, and I feel quite liberated right now. These past few months have been quite a challenge, as I have spent most of my energy at the office trying to pave my way towards success. Fortunately, I have taken the initiative to lighten up my workload, and will now have more time to focus on this blog and other passions in my life.
When I think about what this blog used to be and what it has become, it is a little bit saddening. I've sort of pushed it aside and let it slowly die this past year...But, I want that to change. In fact, I want this blog to be even better than it used to be.
I feel like I've learned a lot since I joined the work force and entered the "real world". It has forced me to realize that maintaining a positive mindset and an overall balance in life is extremely important to my general wellbeing. The stresses of paying bills, performing well at work, and finding time for rest and play have been quite overwhelming. I can understand now why it is so hard for people to even consider eating healthy when they barely have enough time to cook and hit the gym. It can be a daunting task.
If you have been paying even the slightest attention to this blog, you will have noticed that I've been constantly frustrated with weight loss plateaus. I am currently weighing in at around 190 pounds, which means that I've gained about 20 pounds since this time last year. Those 20 pounds were the result of an ineffective bulk that included many idiotic binges...
Now, I'm back trying to figure it all out again. I tried paleo. I tried low-carb. I tried carb-cycling. I tried intermittent fasting. I've basically tried every single diet on the face of the planet...and now, I've decided to go back to basics:
1) Eat healthy most of the time
2) Count my calories
3) Lift weight three times a week, and do light-cardio on my off days.
4) Get enough protein
5) Get enough rest.
Most importantly, I just need to create a calorie deficit while not stressing the fuck out and binging on the weekends. I've figured out that restrictive diets just don't work for me. I just need to take it easy and work smarter, not harder.