Friday, November 03, 2006

Lifestyle Changes

Some of you have asked me how I did it. I've done many changes to how I live my life eating wise, but I will say the biggest impact has been this book... Start there!

Changes I've made....

  1. 3-4 cups fresh veggies daily
  2. 8 cups water daily
  3. equal protein and carbs in a meal
  4. at least 540 minutes of exercise per week
  5. Small meals, 4-6 per day
  6. Resistance training 3x week (part of 540 mins)
  7. Daily Multi-Vitamin (Centrum)
  8. Daily Fish Oil Pill
  9. Daily Calcium/Magnesium (my pms is cured!!)

Do not forget that veggies and fruits are CARBS! This is where carb loading happens...not the pasta and rice we've all been told to do. I gained 10 lbs my first year of training due to this--it is WAY TOO EASY to overeat pasta. Can you only eat a portion size?? 1/2 cup?? I doubt it!

more thoughts to come.....


Todd said...

I did noit know you did 540 a week? I only been avg about 300. no wonder you can kick my butt. this is changing. I working on about 780. I will porbably only get in 640 mins this week though.

E-Speed said...

I have no willpower to change my diet but I must say I am starting to get inspired!

Cliff said...

...I am starting to replace my pasta, rice intake with vege intake.

I find beets, yams, broccoli works well b/c they are what i call heavy veges (those that fill me up).

I also like eating veges over grain foods b/c:

- veges in general have more vitamins and nutrients than grain
- grain is more acidic and veges/fruits are more alkaline (this is important for me since i have a mild case of osteoproasis

Cliff said...

ha..i follow some paleo diet as well.

Haight said...

540 minutes? Holy crap! That's 90 minutes a day (with one day off). This doesn't even include resistance training 3x's.

700 (work commute)
+ 3000 (work)
+ 2940 (7 hr sleep/day ideally)
+ 300 (Bears game w/pre & postgame)

= 6940 minutes

10,080 total week minutes

That only leaves me with 3140 minutes or 52hr 20 minutes.

Hmmm...ok, I don't know where I'm going with this. But it started out trying to make some kind of point. I think the point being...I'm a slacker.

Jessica Deline said...

Wow! 9 hours per week of exercise is quite a bit. Good for you!

I do something similar just to eat healthy - 4-6 meals per day. 10+ cups of water. I've added more veggies and fruit into my day too.

And yes it is VERY easy to overeat on pasta - one of my favorite foods. I thought a serving was one cup though?

Way to go!

robtherunner said...

I'm the anti-healthy eater, but no I am not proud of it.

Rose said...

Ok, I'm fine with the food, but I can see that I clearly need to kick the cardio in high gear! Thanks for sharing!

Black Knight said...

My usual promise: I will start next monday.

Deb said...

I'm good with all of that except that damn 'portion control'! ;) Congrats to you look great!

Jack said...

Wow 9 hours a week, impressive! Thanks for sharing the information, I'm looking for the book.

Firefly's Running said...

That's awesome change. Way to go!!