When working through a fat loss journey and heading towards a fitter you, one thing that is required above all other things is patience. It can get very frustrating at times. You feel like you should look better. For me, the frustration is that my body fat percentage is going down, but when I look at my pictures, my gut isn't shrinking as fast as I'd like. I've read over and over again that the gut is the last thing to go away and I honestly believe that, but it is still frustrating.
I realize that I just need to be patient. I didn't get that gut overnight and it won't go away overnight either. While I dabbled in fat loss for the past year, I didn't get serious about it until October 26, 2007. It has now been 66 days and I do see progress. Patience. It comes through trials and tribulations. I feel like I should have patience by this point.
At the same time, giving up isn't an option. It would be stupid. I have developed a lifestyle. I now have a different world view than I had 66 days ago. There has been a convergence of thought and action. I used to think about how good it would be to lose the fat. I would think about how I could go about doing it. I read alot about it. I just never put it into consistent action. That all changed on October 26, 2007. My thoughts and actions converged to form a new world view for me, a world view that includes a skinnier, more buff me. I am now hard at work making that world view a reality.
|Mission 1: Day 5 of 40||Accountability|
|Meal/Training Plan: Real-time accountability||Each task completed?|
|Day 63: December 30, 2007||Yes or No|
|6:00 a.m.||Meal 1: Protein shake with oatmeal with 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|6:00 a.m.||Supplements: Animal Pak, Glucosamine Chondroiten, calcium, chromium, glutamine||Yes|
|6:15 a.m.||Workout: HIIT cardio (45 minutes), core training, chin up training with 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|7:00 a.m.||Supplements: Protein shake with glutamine and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|9:00 a.m.||Meal 2: Chicken breast (6 oz) and large salad with 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|12:00 p.m.||Meal 3: Chicken breast (6 oz) with large salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|3:00 p.m.||Meal 4: Tuna with large salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|6:00 p.m.||Meal 5: Chicken breast (6 oz) with large salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|8:30 p.m.||Supplements: Protein shake with glutamine, calcium and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|Post Workout Nutrition||1||1|
|HIIT Cardio||45 minutes|
|Chin up challenge||(100) 5 x 5|
|Core training: Leg lifts, ball side reaches, crunches||3 sets|
I guess the moral of today's story is that you have to be patient and motivate yourself based upon the results you get. I spent some time today looking through YouTube for bodybuilding inspiration. I saved quite a few things to my favorites and even posted one squat video here on the blog. I love watching a guy like Jay Cutler (Mr. Olympia 2006 and 2007) workout. Yes, I know steroids play a part in his development, but he still works out so hard. That has me motivated and ready for tomorrow's workout.
Time for me to go to bed.