Last month I was with my cousins in LA. We were sitting around catching up with each other. “Coach” was preparing to defend his belt in his next amateur MMA fight. He said he needed to drop a certain number of pounds in just a few weeks. When we asked about how he does that he mentioned wanting to do a bootcamp of sorts to help brides (or other time sensitive weight loss situations) reach their goals by a certain time.
I’ve been griping about my eating habits (I eat fairly well in general, but that sugar thing can be a steep and slippery slope) and not being as lean as I’d like. I’ve done Whole30 and strict Paleo months with great results, but the month ends and I start to allow a little of this and a little of that. Moderation is not yet a term in my vocabulary. When I go strict, I get a little better at choosing better in the future having detoxed from sugar or gluten or whatever it was dogging me. It seems to work for me to go hard for short periods of time and improve little by little from there. Maybe that’s why I like Crossfit ;)
This time around I realized I needed some outside motivation. I needed a plan. Enter “Coach AJ’s fighter diet”. My cousin G wanted to lose some baby weight and I want to ramp up my game. We’ll do it together. Coach will send out emails to us to tell us what the plan for the week is. He’ll monitor our daily food/workout journals and modify as needed. Two months. Adjust our eating, amp up workouts. Burn more calories than you take in. This fighter style diet is not a sustainable lifestyle. This is not meant for long term or prolonged nutrition. Short, goal oriented,and intense.
Week 1: On top of my 3 times a week crossfit workouts, add 1-2 days of light running 20-30 minutes. (I did one run/walk for 40 minutes)
eliminate added sugars (thereby eliminating most processed foods).
Week 2: Same as last week plus eliminate breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, gluten free substitutes, etc.
So far it’s been good to really think about what I’m eating again. I didn’t realize how far down the sugar trail I had gotten. Running remains difficult for me as I have asthma and well…I just don’t like running. But it’s only for two months right?