Building In Progress


Why yes, I have been working out.

Time to work out the mental muscles too. I swear, I’ve been holding off on this for the longest time. Lord knows how much I wanted to write.

So yeah, it’s been a little over 2 months since I began this whole Metabolic Reset Program. Now, I was guaranteed results, but I had no freaking clue how revved up I would end up being after losing – oh, not much, just NINETEEN freakin’ POUNDS, baby!

Normally I’d post a picture here, but here’s the thing – I said ‘revved’, and not exactly overwhelmed, simply because the latter adjective implies some sort of finality in my results. No, I lost that much, but when I wake up in the morning and look at myself in the mirror, I still see some areas of improvement. I won’t go into detail, but I will just say that I am still so angry.

That’s right. Angry. Angry, but not necessarily seething with blind, unreasonable hatred – no, I am, once again, REVVED. That simply means more than the absence of blindness but the presence of focus; the presence of reason, and the absence of confusion; the absence of fear, and yet another outlet, another manifestation of Christ literally alive in me, the presence of a perfect, everlasting, and ever-expanding love.

More on that later – but for now, I mean, two things: (1) I’ve been cutting down on both the literal quantity and the quantity of the bad-quality food that I eat. It’s no joke, how the world today is saturated with, of all things, sugar. I’ve had less than 3 (or was it 4?) cups of white rice over the last 60 or so days. In place of this is whole rolled oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread, quinoa, and all the good stuff. So I haven’t just been eating less of what is bad, but more of what is good – in fact, it’s even so good that I’ve been eating less, in general.

(2) I’ve been working out so much more often, and I haven’t just been doing the same old Athlean-X cardio DB routines, awesome as they are on their own. Man, I’m running again – and not just jogging, dude – I’ve been sprinting up hills! It’s all in the name of upholding the integrity of what they call HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, or workouts that get your body to burn fat even after you end the activity and move on to conquer the rest of the day. This naturally means that I take less time watching series (I’ve gotten over my addiction to The Office!); and I don’t remember the last time I  played a game on Steam.

You see, through this program, I’ve learned something: It’s not about quality of quantity, or quantity over quality, but making quality with the quantity that you have. Losing control over the quantity of quality implies that you can still spend all morning at the breakfast buffet – We all need to understand that our bodies can only process so much food to energise all of our functions, within a given period of time, before everything else goes to our asses and bellies.

On the other hand, losing control over the quality of the quantities we have implies you can do as much leg extensions as you can – We need to do some homework as to what exercises burn fat AND build muscle, without compromising form or placing us in any risk of injury (By the way, Jeff Cavaliere of Athlean X legend advises against leg extensions for the simple reason that you can really mess up your legs instead of training them right).

 I used to think that you can eat as much as you want, with the safety nets that (1) you’re eating all good stuff anyway, and, more than that (as if 1 was really practised anyway) (2) you’re going to need all that energy for your workout and for the rest of day. I also used to think that any movement is good movement because it’s all going to help out your muscles anyway. Now while THAT is true, you aren’t really going to go anywhere if you aren’t adding quality to the quantity you have, i.e. (1) being deliberate in your workouts – targeting specific muscle groups and/or pushing your heart to pump at its max for short bursts of time, and (2) being deliberate in your diet – being conscious of not just what, but how much you eat, and considering what to eat based on nutritional value VERSUS the amount of it you can take in, in one seating.

These ideas, in themselves, are also a demonstration of how we are able to use our thinking in a way that we do more in less time. This is the stuff I obsess over – efficiency. And, indeed, this Metabolic Reset Program has taught me a lot about it.

-To Be Continued-

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