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Coach Gary’s Confession

Tuesday April 17, 2018

A public confession to the people I am leading into health.

Even though I know better, even though I preach this stuff up and down. I still struggle. I am a hard core questioner but I still fall apart in practice from time to time. I need to know all the reasons why cross-referenced with contrarian views then I do it. It was so easy to stick with it the first time the weight came melting off, I lasted about a year. I have been more on than off healthy eating ever since. Life happens, a vacation, a job change, an injury, finances, something! What ever the case may be, when our routine falls apart it seems easy to slip into convenience eating and living. Even though I set up my habit then just did it with out thinking, there was a bit of thinking, maintenance through planning because of the inconvenience of healthy living. 

What derails my health train is Christmas and vacations but more so Christmas. Christmas really messes with my healthful habits. All 4 of my kids have birthdays that are very very close to Christmas. My routine always falls apart that time of year. This year I still have not really recovered. I have been indulging way more often than is healthy. My sleep has always been shit, I have no trouble falling sleep and getting good quality sleep when I do sleep but I actively fight going to sleep and I do not know why. I have been that way since I was a kid (probably why I have always been doughy). My late nights have consisted of this weird feeling. I feel like I am going to miss out on something if I go to sleep. That inevitably leads to my impulse control getting thrown out the window and I crave sweets and salty starch and on occasion beer, delicious dark beer. The next day I always think, “If I had just gone to bed.”. I had to loosen my belt a notch recently because of my increasingly frequent indulgences. I hate when that happens. It is time to focus and get my shit back together. 

I was going to do the leaning with you guys quietly. That was a total cop out because I was actually ambivalent about doing the leaning with you guys. No longer ambivalent am I. I’m not publishing this until Sunday, today, because I hope sharing my sleep struggles with you will aid you in thinking deeper on sleep.  

Here is my plan.

I am going to wake up early every day and get as much morning blue light stimulation as possible. I will observe a caffeine curfew of 11am. I will abstain from alcohol for the duration of the challenge. No go on the electronic cut off before bed. My addiction to information is non-negotiable! I’ll put my devise in night shift mode and dim it. I know I know electromagnetic field disrupting my bioelectric field also messes with sleep. I’m willing to risk it. Because my schedule changes week to week that means my get up will fluctuate by two hours 7 am week one,  5 am week 2 and my going to bed will fluctuate by 3 hours, 12 am week one and 9 pm week 2. My sleep cave is made. The food part for me is already done when my sleep is even semi good, it is sleep that gives me complete impulse control. 

I should have tackled my sleep issues sooner because I know better. I have had blood work done in a sleep deprived state and a rested state. I need to get a copy of the blood values from my Doctor. I’d love to show you proof of what one night of sleep deprivation can do to your metabolism. I was slightly insulin resistant according to the Doc. No time like the present to get started says me.

This confession should work well for me because now you all know what rattles around in my nugget. This level of public accountability is well reasoned to suit my questioner inclinations as it employs the oh shit, everyone is watching feeling.

I have to remember and be reminded that I love myself more than I love the addiction to convenience. Improving these numbers will make everything better. A quality body runs in tandem with a quality mind which has an overall cascade effect toward a quality life. 

Here is my starting point.

Body fat 21.8 %, April 18, 2018.

My Waist to Hip Ratio is 39.5inches/41inches = .96 which is high. Meaning red zone on the chart. Yikes!

5 minute Burpee AMRAP April 17, 2018 67 reps, goal- 75 reps. Next test, week of May 28, 2018.

I look forward to checking in with everyone.

Coach Gary

Prepare yourself for moments of weakness by reading and commenting on this article by Charles Poliquin. 

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“There is no such thing as discipline. There is only love. Love is the most powerful creative force in the universe. You are the result of what you love most. You either love finely etched muscular abs more than donuts or you love donuts more than wash board abs you could do your laundry on. It is as simple as that.”


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