So many of you know that my wife and I were recently blessed with our first child this year. She just turned 5 months old and it has been way more than everything I thought it would be. You always hear people say they never thought they could love something so much….and those people are right! I stay with her all day (Daddy Daycare) and work on my Beachbody Business when I get a few minutes here and there.
It’s been amazing.
With that being said, I put on a little baby weight with my lovely wife during the pregnancy. The thing that stinks for me is, I didn’t get the opportunity to lose it all at once after 9 months. So while my wife shrunk back to size in no time, I was left pondering every single time I agreed to cave into her cravings for junk food while she was pregnant.
And with me being the food addict that I am, I have to say that I didn’t put up much of a fight at all. But finally it got to a point where I knew I had to get back down to size. I found myself as big as I was before I started this journey with Beachbody.
It’s not where I envisioned myself, having a baby girl, and being the Chunky Dad. But like I have said many many times before, I hate dieting. I actually despise it. I love food. And mostly bad food.
So I had to find a plan that would work for me. My wife and I are huge fans of “Extreme Weight Loss” on ABC. The stories are beyond inspirational and it’s really awesome to go on a journey with these people as they lose massive amounts of weight in a years’ time.
But I always wondered how they did it. So I researched it. I read on Chris Powell’s blog (the trainer on the show) that he doesn’t completely restrict the participants with their diet. He says that doing so just sets them up for failure, because if they make a promise to themselves to completely change everything, and they slip up a little bit, they go to that place of failure and it tends to spin out of control.
Instead he uses a technique called “Carb Cycling”. This is something that I thoroughly researched because at the surface it sounded like something that I could actually do. In Carb Cycling you are allowed to cheat. Actually you are supposed to! And depending on the plan you are on, you can have cheat meals every day! Now this was something that I could get into! As long as I knew that there was a “Cheat Day” on the horizon, I had something to look forward to like a plate of crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings!
So I decided to give it a go.
It has been one week since I started this journey….
and the results are in…. I have lost 7 lbs in one week!!!!
Now of course, I am working out extensively so I am not promising the same results for everyone. I am listing every day (Body Beast or P90X), doing a lot of cardio (Insanity, racquetball, or softball), and taking my lovely daughter on runs. We got a jogger and she loves when I take her on runs even though I never thought I would become a runner in a million years!
I have also still been able to drink my Shakeology (counts as one of my meals!) every day. Which helps tremendously. I struggle with having to prep a lot of meals every day with my little one keeping me busy, so being able to have Shakeology is beyond convenient.
I have also been drinking at least a gallon of water per day. I though this would be harder than it really is. In fact, the only problem I have had with it is that my daughter likes to fall asleep on me after she eats and my bladder is screaming at me because I don’t want to get up and risk waking her up!
Anyway, i know I am only a week in, but if you are like me, and you don’t want to completely give up on your delectable treats and foods, then this may be the answer for you. I’ll keep you updated on my progress! Here is more info on Carb Cycling….
Chris PowellCarb Cycling 101 – Chris Powell http://chrispowell.com/carb-cycling-101/ May 6, 2013 … Carb cycling is an eating plan with alternating high-carb and low-carb days.