So this is my journal. I have been studying the PB lifestyle for a couple of weeks now after looking at CrossFit and finding a link to MDA (the post was "Things I'm Reading" or something like that).
What I read made sense from my own experience. I have done the low-fat thing and lost weight and got stronger, but there was no way to make it a lifestyle. Further, deviating just slightly from the prescribed meant gaining fat. I regained all the weight I lost and then some.
That was 10 years ago. Over that decade I tried to get back to that shape, but life and stress and injury made it almost impossible. I ate more carbs, and the carbs made me bloated and swollen. I didn't realize that my shoulder and finger pains were the result of grains because my government says grains are good for me, and I should eat them in abundance! They were also the product of overtraining because we are supposed to exercise to be healthier!
So at age 46, standing 6' and weighing 250 lbs., I found PB and it made sense. The eating made sense, the exercise makes sense, the rest makes sense.
The past month I have been making slow changes to my lifestyle. In the past I would dive headlong into a new exercise and eating regimen and would fail because it couldn't be sustained. I was eating all the time, and I didn't want to plan meals for a whole week, and I found myself eating low-nutrient foods just to be eating at the prescribed time. Plus, my exercise routines took an hour a day.
This time, I worked on the eating first. I traded Pop Tarts for protein shakes, bread for greens, tacos for things that are not tacos. I have been eating this way for a month with a few setbacks but only a few.
For the past two weeks my exercise has followed a PB format--two days of CrossFit-type WODs that take about 30 minutes and large blocks of Moving Slowly. This week will see the implementation of sprinting. Over the past two weeks I have lost 5 lbs, and I feel less bloated.
So on the first dayof this journal, I present the following:
• 3×5 Low bar back squat (135)
• 3×5 Press (120)
• 3×3 Power Clean (95)
Mini-WOD; For time, 15-9-6 Reps of;
• Thrusters (65 lbs)
• Ball Slams (12--Largest ball we have)
• Double Unders
Today's Food (so far):
Whey Protein Shake