Today I am officially starting week 4 of this new life style, as you can see from my the photo below my body is already changing, true, there is still access fat but I am starting to see the definition of muscle underneath. Plus I’ve taken my body fat percentage to a much healthier level and I’m understanding my body and feeling more connected to everything ever since.
All of this comes from exercise and eating well. But to eat well I think one really has to understand the way things came to be made, then you can start to see why we need to eat the things we do. You see food is not for the purpose of tasting good, although that is a bonus, the food we eat is our fuel it’s how we replenish the nutrients and materials that our bodies not only need, but that our bodies are made up of.
Billions of years ago meteors crashed into the then building planet. At this point the planet was a ball of boiling hot lava, a byproduct of rocks that were floating around the sun that crashed into each other with incredible speed. These meteors contained iron, protein, salt (which contains water), etc, everything that every mammal, insect, reptile, plant, etc is now made of (in different combinations).
Fast forward billions of years and the water from the salt inside each one of those meteors has now covers the planets surface, cooling the lava. Now I’m not a scientist and I don’t know all the numbers and facts, but what I do know is that from all of the collisions of materials from the universe came the first form of life on the planet, bacteria. The bacteria did not think, or have a skeletal shape, but it is in fact the very first form of life.
Bacteria was able to stay alive by eating, it evolved, lasted through the ice age, survived dinosaurs, etc. Bacteria still exists. I think this is amazing.
Now think of natural healthy wholesome food that is left on the kitchen counter. Apples, bananas, hummus, even a glass that had water in it. Bacteria doesn’t have brain cells and yet it would not eat a big mac, it is going to go straight for these wholesome and nutrient rich foods. Obviously not eating a big mac is a no brainer.
I was thinking about this chain of evolution over the weekend, and the kinds of food bacteria will eat and wont eat…..
Bacteria has no brain cells, human’s do….. sure makes some of our food choices seem even more brainless if you ask me. I’d like to think I’m at least smarter than bacteria.
Remember food is fuel, and while it tastes great, what is more important is that we are re-fueling our bodies with the materials we are made up of and therefore need to keep existing, just like bacteria does.
From now on before I eat something I’m going to ask myself ‘would bacteria eat this?’- If the answer is no, I probably shouldn’t eat it either.
Today I’m feeling pretty good about my workout. I did biceps/arms/abs.
I was able to curl at 12.5 LBs for the first time, which I’m proud of and I was able to actually hold all my planks for a full 30 seconds (15-20 seconds was as long as I could hold previously) so I did 6 planks superset with crunches. I also tried side planks again and was able to get to 10 on each side, I think I should try doing more of these since I notice when I do them my obliques really feel the burn.
Last night I did Hot Flow yoga for the first time and it was pretty amazing, I could definitely see myself getting into that more regularly. Plus it made it easier to fall asleep, something I’ve been having a hard time with. Not that I have trouble sleep once I fall asleep, it’s just been hard telling my body to be tired at 9 or 10 in the evening when my normal bedtime before this lifestyle change was 11 or 12 0’clock.
Today for lunch I made myself a nice piece of Tilapia fish, I’ve seen it on a list of the most lean pieces of fish and I’ve also noticed on simplyshredded.com that it’s on a lot of bodybuilders food list. Once I eat it I’ll have to decide if I like it or not, but at this point anything will be better than tuna!
Today I am feeling a little down about not seeing progress fast enough. I keep trying to tell myself I’m only 3 weeks in, but I just hate looking in the mirror and seeing what I see. Must be positive and celebrate the fact that today I proved to myself that I am indeed getting stronger, proven by my record for planks.