Moving Primally. Two months ago, on April 11, I stopped exercising:
[I’ll] come back [to it] eventually, but, for now, this will allow me to focus my attention on food: what am I eating and how much.
It acknowledges that, for me, exercise improves fitness, not decreases weight: 90% of any fat loss I achieve is based solely on the food I eat.
Eat right and I’ll see the scale move. Eat poorly and I won’t, no matter how much or how quickly I move.
It also helps prevent burnout. I’ve seen how over-committing can sabotage a program, both in myself and others. By working on one issue at a time (fixing my food), I will lower my stress and improve my chances of success.
Success! My presumptions have been born out given the results I mentioned Wednesday — “In mid-April I weighed 207.7. Since then, I’ve averaged around 201, +/- about 2.5 pounds.” All without any exercise other than my 2-hour Saturday morning game of Ultimate Frisbee.
As I eat, so shall I weigh.
But . . . I really miss the way my upper body looked when I worked out 2-3 times each week: my arms, chest, and shoulders were looking better and I liked it. Plus, for the first time I could really feel abs — abs! — under my fat. I enjoyed simply being stronger, too.
The Doubt. On the one hand, I still need to drop another 15-20 pounds to get rid of more belly fat. I’m committed to finally reaching my goal of 185 pounds (a weight I haven’t carried since I was a junior in high school) and being stable at that weight (+/- 3 lbs. week to week). I’m not sure I can do this if I rejoin the ranks of the working (out) right now.
On the other hand, I’m really bothered as I watch my upper body lose some of the results I worked so hard to achieve over the past year.
I think the next few months should see an improvement in my eating: fewer “special occasions” and more consistent low-carb / 1500-calorie days.
I just don’t know if I can mix these two things and make it work.
What do you think? Got any ideas or suggestions I should consider?