Over the last several weeks I have made some interesting adjustments to my diet in order to prepare myself for our wedding date. I am getting married on February 14th and wanted to look my best so I made some minor fixes to my diet, workout routine, and how I handle stress.
My diet has had some major overhauls since the beginning of this year. I have cut out pasta (so I have stopped buying it at the store). Pasta was a major indulgence food for me. It was my comfort food. I have also peppered in a light desert after my FIRST portion of dinner. Normally I find myself eating a lot at dinner very quickly, so by eating slower (HOT SAUCE HELPS) and adding a light desert, I am tricking my body into thinking its full after desert. I have seen the most change in my waistline since I started cutting back on pasta and having smaller dinners. One major thing that I have changed is I buy my lunch at work now. Instead of trying to save a couple of dollars here and there, I go to the cafeteria and have them make me a veggie wrap with fresh veggies and some chicken. Before I would make meals for the week at home and they would be fine, but having fresh veggies in your diet on a regular basis has really been uplifting on my energy level. So before I might have saved 10-15 bucks a weeks on meal, but wouldn't have the energy level I have now.
My exercise routine is less muscle-oriented and more cardio. I have up'ed my swimming to twice a week. I have also started doing 1-2 mile walk immediately after dinner at least 3 times a week. This gives me time to hop on the phone with my friends and family and catch up on their days with them. It is very fulfilling. I also live in a suburban neighborhood, so where I walk is very safe and quiet. I have cut back on hard muscle workouts (squats, back, and abs) mostly because they make me tired and with a lighter diet, I feel pretty pooped after the most basic workout. I learned this regiment through trial and error in 2015, so I took time to implement this in 2016. If I worked out super duper hard, I'd eat more. If I tried really hard to maintain my tough workout routine and good diet, the temptation would get me after 2-3 days and I would binge eat as a result of my metabolism catching up to me. In this way I am looking at 2016 as a year to right the ship that is my eating habits and, finally, learn from my mistakes.
Work has been pretty stressful recently, so I am making sure to control my stress level by having three meals a day, stretching, getting 8+ hours of sleep a night, and reading before bed (not watching TV in bed). I find that reading helps me fall asleep and unwind. I also find myself coding a little when I get home to keep up with my coding streak, so I choose not to carry my screens with me to bed. This allows my brain to slowly turn off and gives me a deeper sleep. I also have started stretching a work a lot more. Instead of sitting in my chair during meetings I will stand in the back and do minor stretches. I am not that weird guy at the back of the meeting busting out a dancers' pose that transitions to lotus... Mainly I just do a lot of leg and arm stretching with some back bends. That seems to work for me. It makes me more attentive during the meeting and I find that I am most productive post meeting because of the energy I have accumulated from the stretch.
So in summation, in order to lose weight over a 3 month time, one must make minor adjustments like this: