Dealing with cravings; 7-year fitness anniversary!
Yesterday – the 2nd day of my 2010 cutting program – was right on plan, but I also experienced some serious cravings. Not cravings for junk food, cravings for more food! I deal with cravings in two ways…
The first thing I do when I’m feeling hungry before a scheduled meal is tell myself “No way, just forget it, it’s not going to happen. Your next meal is at XX:XX, and that’s the end of the story.” If you allow yourself to entertain the notion of going off your diet plan, your brain is extremely good at working those thoughts into full-on rationalization; the next thing you know you’re standing in front of the fridge with a ham sandwich in one hand and a pint of ice cream in the other. When I’m chasing a goal I like to think of myself as a machine, and my diet plan is the set instructions I must execute because I simply have no choice.
The other thing I do is more physical. When I’m hungry I drink more water (this helps me feel fuller) and I chew sugarless gum. I find that these things really help me get me from one meal to the next.
Yesterday’s workout was LISS cardio. I did 45 minutes of fasted cardio on the recumbent bike: total of 10.06 miles with an average heart rate of 135 BPM. Today’s workout is chest/delts/triceps. I have not planned the specific workout yet (I’ll post it tomorrow), but it will be an “Intensity” workout: short rest intervals, lots of volume.
Today is the 7 year anniversary of the start of my inital transformation. Wow – 7 years! It sure doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. I wonder what my life would be like today if I’d given up, or never tried? I wonder if I’d even be alive? Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the smartest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.