As I've learned more and more about training I have been able to do a better job conducting the Experiment of One and the stragtegies required. I have learned the things that work well and the things that don't work as well–all personalized to how my own body responds.
It came time for me to start Mission Lifesaver and I carefully examined the options available to me. I analyzed what my goals were and how to accomplish them. The analysis brought me places that ultimately enabled me to get the plan in place.
I immediately knew that a big part of my problem is my failure to get the cardio work done. No matter how diligent I am about it, I always let cardio slip by without getting done. I knew that I had to change this as fat loss was a major goal for this mission. I also knew that eating too many carbs immediately adds fat to my frame, making it counter-productive to what my goals ultimately are.
Upon making these two realizations I was able to make some plans that work. The first thing I did was choose the program Shortcut to Shred by Jim Stoppani. This program consisted of a weight training plan coupled with cardio during the workout. It was a 6 week plan, so the program would take up half of the mission. For the second half of the mission I decided to start lifting heavy weights, going back to the basics. I also decided to do a low carb eating style.
By taking the time to analyze my goals and come up with a strategy that would help me achieve them, I ultimately saved a lot of time. I didn't have to worry about the outcome. I knew the approaches I picked would work. So far, so good.
In the first half of the mission I lost 14 pounds and dropped about 4% body fat. In the first few days of the second half of the mission I have already dropped 4.5 pounds. The strategies are working!