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All right. So, as you may know, my good (Virgo) friend, Costa Rican photographer Adrian Coto has challenged me to do a swim suit session in 30 days. That’s June 8, 2013 at 7am Costa Rican time.
Right now, I’m not fat or even chubby but I’m just not in the best shape I could be. I have a typical belly that most in their mid-30s develop if they haven’t really worked out or worked out the right way.
My challenge for myself is to get rid of the belly in 30 days and be ready for that swim suit.
For the past week, I worked out about 5 out of 7 days and I allowed myself to pig out on whatever I want 2 of those days. For example, last night, knowing that I wouldn’t be eating junky for the next 30 days, I loaded up on as much junk food as possible: chocolate cake, pasta, empanadas, French fries, and last night, I ate at my favorite Lebanese restaurant Sash nearby but I could only eat so much so I gave the rest to a homeless man I love who lives on the street. He’s always looking for work to do, doesn’t just sit there and feel sorry for himself and he’s always really nice. (Side note: I’m going to try to see what I can do to help him in some way). But even, I had to force myself to eat it.
Here’s why I don’t have cravings for junk food anymore:
About two weeks ago, I had an FastEFT session with my good (Leo almost Virgo) friend Elana Michelson from Israel. That helped get rid of my craving for hot buttered popcorn and my lack of interest in exercising which all stemmed back to a painful memory when I was 3 years-old and one that happened when I was in middle school in gym class.
She helped me get through it so I really didn’t have the cravings I used to have for junk food.
Here’s my eating plan:
Eat nothing but fruit, vegetables, water, and proteins like protein shakes, fish, eggs and skinless roasted chicken. When I do use oil, I’ll use olive oil.
Staying away from milk, sugar, bread, pasta, rice, this includes brown rice and whole grains as well. I figure if I’m going to do it, I might as well do it all the way.
Here’s my exercise plan:
I’ll be doing a combination of the exercise routine in the Smarter Science of Slim and SixPackShortCuts.com. The main difference between the two is that Smarter Science has a exercise routine you only need to do once a week for 20 minutes. It focuses on eccentric exercise. And Six Pack Shortcuts focuses on doing 30 minutes a day heavy weights but only doing about 90 seconds of a break in between exercises. There’s some slight differences in the foods they recommend but not much.
I intend to 5-6 days a week, work out twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the late afternoon/evening. I need to do this for the next 30 days. And whereas, I’ve been working out off and on for the last 3 years, I wasn’t really working out. I mean, I’d show up, do a few things half-ass but really didn’t work out until I sweated or until my muscles burned. When I got tired, I’d stop. That’s not what I’m doing hear.
I’ll be taking, in the morning a supplement called The Real Deal and I’ll be taking RipFire for exercise and Glutamine-SR. I’ll also be using It Works Wraps once every 3 days that I got from my good (Virgo) friend, Sheri Fobare. And using the Defining Gel when I remember in between that.
I’ll be drinking lots of water at least three 32 ounce jugs of water every day and I add in cinnamon and cayenne pepper powder because they say this helps increase your metabolism. I’ll also be drinking green tea as much as possible too.
Sometimes in between writing, I may do pushups or something too. And yes, I’ll be taking my daily naps. I usually take a nap for 15-60 minutes a day in the middle of the day.
My partner, Geovanny promises to support me by not pushing me to eat the same way he has or tempt me with treats.
So, that’s my success plan!
You bet I’m worried. Will I keep up the discipline? I decide to give myself a “treat” once in awhile instead of sticking to the plan? Will I succeed? Will I work my ass off every day, at least 5-6 days a week only to do see nominal results when I do the swim suit shoot?
How this journal will work:
I’m going to write in it at least once a day 5-6 days a week. Sometimes, I’ll just write my feelings or what I ate or generally what happened every day and other times I may write what I did every few hours by the hour. Depends on what I’m doing.
Creatively speaking, right now, I’m in the middle of a total rewrite of a novella that has to do with Hurricane Katrina. Because it’s so drastically different than the current version that I co-wrote, I may put that version out first and put my version out later as a completely different novel because it’s so different. I mean, a total page one rewrite. But I haven’t been this excited about a novel since I wrote my first novel, Forever My Lady years ago.
I may need to go to New Orleans very soon to do research and really soak up the air. I’ve been invited to be a guest at the Sheraton Hotel there so I may take them up on the offer very shortly. We’ll see.
I don’t want any help from Photoshop or angles to make myself look good. I want the real deal.
I feel good about myself inside, better than I ever had. Now, I want to feel good about myself outside too and there’s no excuse to have “let myself go” like this. Athleticism runs in my family genes on both sides, my dad’s and my moms. I mean, I’m the decedent of Africans, Native Americans and Europeans, no excuses anymore. I don’t have the “fat” gene or the “slow metabolism after 30 gene”. It doesn’t exist.
My goal is to go from this: (how embarrassing)
To this: (in 30 days; a photo I use to visualize myself to success!)
Can I do it?
========== UPDATE! MAY 15TH (DAY 8 OF 30 DAYS TO A SWIM SUIT PHOTO SHOOT)
Here is Day 1 and here is Day 8 (which is actually only 5 days of working out because I took 2 days off to rest and this morning I haven’t worked out yet)
UPDATE — MAY 22, 2013 — THIS IS A BEFORE AND AFTER – DAY 15 (THE HALF-WAY MARK)
I did it! Well, today is Day 30 and here are the results. I put a lot of effort into this and most of all, I’m proud of myself for sticking with it and despite the ocassional “snack” stuck to the diet. I worked out 4-5 days a week (except when I went on vacation for the week and even then I snuck in a couple of exercise days). On Saturday is my photo shoot so I still have a few more days of intense work outs. I am proud of myself but I know I have a long ways to go and I intend to stick to my plan for at least the next 60 days. I will, however, go out and eat whatever I want after the swim suit shoot and then resume my routine after that.
Here’s what I did:
I got rid of my cravings by having a FastEFT session with my friend Elana Michelson.
What I ate:
No sugar, no pasta, no rice, no bread or flour of any kind (not even brown rice). I cut back on milk but did drink some.
Drank A LOT more water. (Though the last couple of weeks I should have drank a lot more)
I ate protein, fruit and vegetables. (no juice unless I made it myself)
I would eat a mango or a sugar-free piece of dark chocolate. In New Orleans, I was a little bad but not like I normally would be.
How I exercised:
Went to the gym 30-45 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week. (I did not do one sit up or any cardio. I only did heavy weights; intense and fast)
I also took supplements like Creatine and CLA.
I feel proud of myself. But being the Virgo, I am hard on myself and would have liked to see even better results. That’s why I’m sticking with it until I see exactly what I want to see. When I look at Day 1, I think “tubby boy”; how could I ever let myself go like that? When I look at Day 30, I see I’ve come a long way.