8 Week Jump Start Weight Loss Challenge
In which I wave goodbye to pork belly for a while.
Do you know how much I love pork belly? A lot. It is a lot of love. It is the same size love that I have for handmade pasta, popcorn topped with bacon (lede image) or an alcohol forward cocktail made with bourbon, absinthe and cherry heering.
So much love I have for these things. I love them too much. I love them too often. I love them too well. And it has caught up with me.
Lose 12 pounds in 8 weeks. That’s 1.5 pounds per week. Starting today and ending July 20th. Dragging this out into the public is inspired by none other than Fatty. In other words, this is almost a direct ripoff.
Mironda: 139 –> 127
Heidi: 157 –> 145
Super philosophical fluffy goals:
Create (and reinstate) habits that facilitate lifelong health. You know, so we can be all vibrant and energized and stuff.
As boring as it gets – plain common sense and hard work. Mironda has her own strategy (she’s a personal trainer, so I bet she knows what she’s doing), but mine has to do with addressing some bad habits and then sticking to what I know.
- Five small meals a day – each includes lean protein and vegetables. Complex carbs when I need them. I’ll kick in some nice healthy fats by way of olive oil, nuts, avocados and other delicious fatty items. (This has a lot to do with the Precision Nutrition approach and, yes, that is an affiliate link. I’ve purchased most of what they sell – I recommend it because it’s based on common sense and sustainable practices.)
- Alcohol intake limited to one day per week.
- Keep a food diary for accountability and transparency.
- Weigh in each morning.
- Ride my bike as much as possible (this is standard operating procedure), lift twice a week, run twice a week.
HABITS to CREATE (AGAIN)
- Mindful eating: No food in the kitchen, no food in front of my computer, etc. I’m absolutely terrible about multi-tasking when I eat.
- Slow eating: Chewing more, paying more attention.
Motivation is important – being aware of why I’m doing this will help me stay the course when things get hard.
My personal motivation is performance-based. When I got back from Italy I experienced a significant and notable increase in fitness (as measured in watts). Specifically, my functional threshold power increased a little more than 10%. Basically, I was able to maintain a power output for 20 minutes that I previously only had been able to hold for five or six minutes. For anyone who has any idea what I’m talking about (serious apologies to those I’m losing here), that’s a really big shift.
Being more powerful is great and I feel really good about the work I’ve put in this year to become stronger, but as soon as the road tilts uphill I’m at an immediate disadvantage. Imagine these watts without having to drag an extra 15 pounds around with me? Geez, I might have an outside shot at being respectably fast.
So, the end goal here is efficiency. And though I’m counting pounds for simplicity’s sake, the real number I am concerned about is w/kg.
I’m doing this publicly even though the very thought of it makes me cringe. I need the accountability. I know this about myself. I want it bad enough to subject myself to this scrutiny, to ask you for your help, to lay it all out there. Riding the Tour de France last year taught me a lot about how terrifying it is to publicly declare a big challenge but it also taught me how good it feels to see it through… and how powerful the support of others can be in the process.
Mironda and I will report our progress every Monday for the next eight weeks. I’m making my food journal public. FML.(Note: That is a random calorie goal, I am not actually going to worry very much about hitting specific calorie numbers – if I’m eating the right stuff, that number will come out where it needs to be. That’s my theory anyway.)
I’ll also keep track of mine here with a sidebar widget. Jesus, I can’t believe I even just typed that. Someone shoot me.
There’s no payout. No contest. No monetary consequences or funny bet. Feeling good will undoubtedly be motivation enough but, if it’s not, there’s always public humiliation to back it up, right?
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