Ever since I`ve settled on the path of being a full-time developer my lifestyle changed dramatically.
Over the past 4 years I`ve been gaining weight at a steady pace, even though I`ve been to somewhat psychically active.
Having completed a Tough Mudder, Spartan Race last year & being able to keep up with some of the higher ranking belts at my BJJ academy I didn`t really think I`m that out of shape, until recently… .
Three weeks ago I had he chance to go on a roadtrip down the west coast, where each night we camped in a different place.
It ranged from Portland, Oregon to San Franciso, California and everything in between.
While hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities, I was dead set on going running
It was during the run up a hilly trail around Napa Valley that I just gassed out to the point that I almost passed out.
The heat, hills & scorching sun was one thing, but everyone passing me on the trail is another.
Thats not the point I want to make, that I want to be better than others, it`s that I wasn`t able to enjoy what was around me due to my lack of proper conditioning.
Same goes for my recent fascination with Jiu Jitsu, even though I`m able to hang with some of the more experienced people its only until the point that my conditioning or lack of, starts to show & thats beyond frustrating.
Now that it`s crunch time at DreamIt Ventures (30 days till Demo Day!) I don`t have time to go to the gym or academy anymore.
Therefore I figured I`ll jump start my weight loss/condition journey using basic principles.
Diet & Exercise.
For the diet portion I decided to follow the Paleo Diet since I do like to have some structure to what I eat. I know there many people out there that don`t recommend it for various reasons. However I tried it before & it works great for me.
If you`re interested in the basic principles this would be a great place to start.
- 200g protein
- 150g carbs
- 40g fat
I`ll stick to this for the next week & adjust as needed.
Even though I`m not a big fun of running, I enjoy the aspect of clearing my head on longer runs.
There I`m aiming for running 2-4 miles 3 times a week.
Just to add to the cardio aspect of exercising I`ve decided to stick to something I already know & enjoy, kettlebells.
By now people are familiar with it, but for those that aren`t it basically a big iron bowling ball with a large handle welded on top of it.
Instead of going crazy & trying to devise my own workout program, I`ll stick to one that highly recommended to me recently, The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout by Keith Weber.
Current weight as of this morning 223 pounds.
Let`s see what 30 days will do!
*update: 63 days after this post I was able to drop 35 pounds.