Every so often the body could use a change in routine, both when it comes to diet and exercise. I’ve been following the Fighter Diet for a long time and I will continue to apply these principles in both the aforementioned areas, but will try to mix up a few things. This game is all about trial and error – with little body fat to lose and focusing on “perfecting” a physique, one sometimes have to resort to some extreme measures and be willing to fail and learn along the way to find out what is best for YOUR body. Everybody is different, so everyone’s body will react a bit different to both adjustments in training and diets. I feel I’ve hit a plateau right now, the body isn’t “shocked” anymore and no longer doing any big changes so I figured, why not try something else for a month? My changes will be as follows:
I will eliminate dairy from my diet for now (normally I’ll have non fat cottage cheese in the afternoon along with non fat greek yogurt before bed). I will include some more fats (avocados and nuts/almonds) and a bit more protein. I will incorporate some brown rice, quinoa and more rice cakes with every meal EXCEPT my last meal at night (most likely dinner). We are not talking major amounts (30g) but I want to see how this will affect my body. This means I won’t have a “refeed” day as I will have a decent amount of carbs every day. Iwill still be working with major amounts of vegetables of course, and now that spring/summer is on verge of arriving (hopefully! Still a bit chilly in NY!) I will be consuming a lot of dark, leafy greens, salads and fresh vegetables – can’t wait!
So will try this for a month to see what happens. I’m shooting for a show in October now – there are two shows in my area, one on October 22dn in Poughkeepsie and another on October 29 in Tarrytown that I’m hoping I will be able and ready to do. So I’ve got about 5 months and some change, and adjust my diet/ training as I get closer. As far as training goes, I’m incorporating three days of cardio (with a fourth optional day) of HIIT exercises, 30-40 min per session, in the morning, and then I will do weights in the afternoon. Some days I might have to do cardio right after weights in the morning, depending on my schedule. I’ll incorporate some biking, running track /sprints, jumping rope and the step mill. I’m excited as I know my body responds really quickly to cardio and I lean out very fast once I get active like that. Additionally I’m also very active in general as I’ve got two huge boxer puppies who require their daily walks and I am always on my feet for work walking and lugging heavy things around.
My goal is to post some pictures this weekend so I’ve got a starting point for you guys so you can join me in monitoring my progress over the summer. I also need to get some color on this pale body as I”m pretty see-through right now after the winter (it’s that Scandinavian skin!). I hope I’ll have enough time to be more attentive to this blog as I know I’ve been terrible lately! Thanks for checking in on me and I will be back soon! Happy training !