January in upper lower Michigan (as opposed to the Upper Peninsula). We hang with the trolls these days.
This post is primarily diet related. As many will be. I know many of you are thinking about diet right now. And I know you are expecting this post to be about losing weight. But my New Year’s Resolution is about not dieting.
I’ve been dieting nearly all my life from the time I was about 14. I recently ran across a woman who made sense. She looked like a body builder, maybe a bit too much for me. She’d been heavy at one point and of course changed her life. Her main point is: people need to stop dieting. They need to spend most of their time at maintenance and reduce no more than 3-4 months at a time. That our bodies adjust to this constant dieting and we can’t heal and build muscle that way.
This is difficult for me to do. It’s a lot more food than I’m used to. But I’m planning on doing it until May or June even if I gain a bit. Which I should if I add muscle. About six months ago I raised my protein up to 100 grams and now will aim for 129 grams, 1700 calories. I gained about 8 pounds when I did that, so my weight gain might not be quite as dramatic.
This woman also emphasized cutting back on coffee and alcohol and getting 8 hours of sleep. And she advocates mostly weight lifting for exercise. And walking, yoga type things. At least three rest days from weights. Not much cardio.
So that is what I plan to do. I’ll be posting diet updates and maybe photos on WordPress as well as some family and home posts. If you want to see what else I’ll be up to, please join me here: