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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 1, 2019
I’ll admit, I am a bitter and jealous individual. All throughout my feed on Instagram and Facebook I see people that are into fitness and enjoy it just like me. They show their workouts, show some of their results, and it gives me a little insight into what types of goals and methodologies these people partake in. And then, there is the obligatory post that always pisses me off to no end and makes me want to punch the said people. They will usually post a picture of themselves, looking relatively good and fairly aesthetic…complaining about how they have been eating like garbage lately and they look like crap. Excuse me!? Seriously?! It aggravates me when people say this type of stuff, because it really triggers me deep down and makes me extremely jealous because I sure as hell wish I had your metabolism. You have them also saying stuff like don’t count calories, don’t restrict yourself and eat whatever you want. Never mind the fact that they have been dealt a good hand in the genetic lottery and also have been in good shape most of their life. I shouldn’t let these people get to me because of their good luck and work ethic, but it does bother me. I did a severe calorie restriction earlier this year and while it worked, I was constantly hungry, always in a sad and defeated mood and had to deal with the pressure of new vegan friendly options being constantly made available at my fingertips. Like take for example this brewhouse I went to the other night named Ten55. A “sausage” house as they call themselves, they still knew how to properly help veganize the menu and also had vegan sausages from a company in Flagstaff, Arizona. The even had fried brussel sprouts as well for an appetizer. A self proclaimed meat hut-microbrew is even making it easy for me to do some diet breaking and enjoy some good Coffee Stouts in the process. I had to buy a hat out of principle.
There is some pressure to be vegan in this world, because you want people to follow you but you also have to help businesses experience the upside of having such options. Considering Tucson is a town of certain gastroenterological distinction, it is not surprising many places are making this ethical choice of mine easier. Anyway, this past year has been tough for me due to the fact my job is really dragging me down and I have fallen back into an old addiction of mine—stress eating. Much like a lot of people in my position with certain reasons why they gained weight, I have gained some weight back and I am not happy about it. While my strength and commitment to working out has not changed, the nutrition has fallen off the boat and into the deepest throes of the Marianas Trench. So my New Year’s resolution—which will be the first in a long time—is to try and get back on track and start counting the calories again. Now you wonder why I want to do something that I totally hated. Well, it was working and my metabolism has never been high to begin with, so keeping track is a necessary evil. Previously I only did it for a month and then I fell off the wagon as work started adding overtime to the mix once again and the summer heat was making my sleep patterns go wacky.
Now of course, I have written before that the best way to get healthy is to eat healthy and portion control, but it is obvious I have run into a roadblock and it is time for me to try and instill drastic measures again. The issue is that a free eating pass made me lazy in my discernment, and thus led to too many cheat meals (which ultimately turned into a cheat year). There are hundreds of articles that state having a resolution is bad for you, and we are not gonna dispel that list. Putting that sort of pressure on yourself is tough, especially when you have no base to work with and no real reference. The difference for me is there is a base and a reference. I work out consistently and I used to run consistently. I have shown moments where I controlled my eating, including a near month where I literally did not go out to eat at any restaurant. The issue right now is desire and intent, and that is something more than anything determined by your inner self. When you have given in to the demons and play a tug of war with your desires and your daily work ethic, you will run into some issues with the end results.
Now I am not gonna start balls to the wall and kill myself with like 1500 calories a day, I will probably start reasonably and actually watch what my intake is and rely less on other food sources. This means the toughest part of controlling your eating, and that is meal prep. I still have all the tupperware to make it work. I still have the lentils, quinoa, couscous, ancient grain mixes and beans to make Buddha bowls for days. Its just I got too enamored with Taco Bell and Chipotle. This means more cooking, which is something I kinda have a love-hate relationship with because I despise doing dishes. However, some new pressures have hit the scene and that means actually using the cast iron wok my old man got me. I do love stir fry so making some veggie stir fry might be in the works. As long as I ease up o the oil and the soy sauce, it could be a game changer. Plus I really have to get back into blending again. That could help. I still need to work on my cooking skills though, as my failed attempt at stuffing pretty much backfired on me. I used too much water and the think looked like bad oatmeal more than anything. I might donate the other box of stuffing I purchased just to escape the second failure and not waste the food.
If anything, I will have to approach this New Year’s Resolution as a non-resolution, but more of a cutting period. This is one of the other methods that a lot of psychologists implement when they see someone failing regularly in their attempt to lose weight. Rebranding is something that can help with your eventual transformation. This also means something I else that I will run into…headaches and possible lost gains. Since I have been eating too much lately, a reduction in calories will lead to some mood swings. Fortunately I do not get angry too often so it will look more like sadness than anything. Sorry to all my friends and family in advance. So, this is it. Heres to a new year and hopefully you all join me on this wacky journey of fitness.
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