What could you achieve in 30 days of total commitment?
In the world of fat release there is a constant tension between finding a lifetime pattern of thinking, eating, and moving, and using a specific period of time to limit behaviors that cause fat storage while practicing techniques that cause fat release.
To put it simply, I'm writing about the difference between a diet and a lifestyle. In my last blog I wrote about the fact that the Greek root for the word diet means "Way of life," and sometimes it certainly does seem that dieting has become a way of life for me. What is the tension inside me that keeps me pursuing a lower body fat percentage and smaller measurements? Is it beauty, freedom, and authenticity that I'm after, or is it power, status, and approval that I'm seeking?
I can honestly say that I want a figure that looks and feels right on my terms. I do want to be a leader in fitness, and for the past six I've had the great privilege of having my own fitness studio. I am delighted by the progress that my students have made, but I want to set a great example for them. I still feel the urge to create what I call my Aspirational Figure. Is this ego? Insecurity? Am I practicing the kind of perfectionism that creates a barrier between me and my authentic life purpose? Am I just over-thinking and making way to big a deal of my looks again?
Ah well. One secret of commerce is to find a problem, fix it, and then sell the solution. Whatever my real motives are, the better I look and feel the happier I usually am, and I like having a marketable skill to offer, so darn it, I'm going to keep at this aspirational body thing for a while longer.
Thanks to the schedule at Gordon Studio my physical training is completely covered. What I must commit to now and for the next 30 days is a cheat free eating plan. Today's menu is as follows.
Breakfast: Coffee, raw cream, 2 eggs, 3 strips uncured bacon, 1 cup cabbage, 1T onion, 2t organic ghee. Water.
Lunch: 2 Lamb chops, 1C. broccoli, 1t. ghee, 2C. mixed greens with 1T olive oil and 2T cider vinegar. Water.
Dinner: 4oz. grass fed beef, 1C. broccoli, 1C. cauliflower, 2t ghee. Water. Tea as desired. Stevia to sweeten. No between meal snacking, and I will practice mindful eating by sitting for all meals and remembering to chew my food. Digestion starts in the mouth after all.
I admit that my menu looks limited. Look at all that saturated fat! What, no fruit? Where are the nuts and cheese? I am certainly not recommending this menu to anyone, but the fact is that these foods make me feel nourished and energetic, and they don't trigger my cravings and overeating. For the next 30 days, this is what I need. My goal in sharing my process is to explore and develop techniques for fat release that work for people who who have experienced similar struggles with eating.
This is not my lifestyle eating plan. This is an experiment that I'm conducting to explore the boundaries of my commitment. I hope that I will learn something of value that I can share along the way.