So, here we are 4 months down the line
Still going strong, chocolate cravings are not as strong as they used to be
Weight has leveled out at 148lbs from 160lbs+
Still eat till i am full but i am eating clean all the time
Had a blood check done after 3 months and cholesterol went from
220 to 144
B12 went from 862 to 1712
Running under a 7 minute mile for the first time in 15 years
Climbing has gotten better, due to increase in strength and recovery (and lighter weight).
No complaints here, life is good
I'm 50 years old, meat and chocolate lover and feel like it's time to change.
I've noticed, as I've gotten older that exercise is becoming harder and harder, firstly to get motivated to do it, then recovering afterwards. Stamina has gone downhill very quickly and i want to start getting back some of my old fitness and enthusiasm and i feel that a good, healthy diet will help me
A bit about me
I'm originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Everything I ate was fried, meat, fish, eggs, even our baked beans would get fired. Then of course there was the "Fish and chips for which we are famous for, great tasting but 'deadly' for the arteries. When i took my wife back to Belfast last September, she also fell in love with fish n' chips and we had it 3 nights in a row, NEVER AGAIN, i blame her!! Breakfast was cereal, full cream milk and of course sugar
I'm a compulsive snacker, especially chocolate, I love Cadbury's. I do try to avoid fizzy soda's.
Thankfully, growing up i was very active or I might be either dead or at the very least, obese.
I played competitive badminton, soccer and squash and would play 7 days a week
I skied non stop for 7 years in France and New Zealand
Now, both my wife and I are into climbing, cardio and some weights. She is also in the process of trying to become a Pilate’s teacher.
We climb mostly indoors, 3-4 days a week with the occasional road trip. Our climbing sessions last for about 2-3 hours and can be quite brutal I need food before I start and I need food soon after we finish. This is my main concern, what can I snack on after my gym sessions instead of chocolate brownies. i used to be able to climb and then do 20 - 30 minutes of cardio afterwards, now i have difficulty finding the energy, enthusiasm to do anything afterwards
My supplementation is as follows
Multi vitamin (AOR ortho core)
ZMK (millennium sports)
COQ10 (All from life extension)
Drink while training - ICE from XF sports
Protein Powder XF sports
Methyl B12 from Jarrow
Vitamin D from Now sports
It's going to be a major life change to give up meat and dairy and not easy, we both love meat but i try to avoid red meat when possible and my wife love Pork, (she is Filipina). But this is something I really want to try and do
What books, videos are there out there that are worth buying, looking at that will help explain the changeover and also give lots of advice on recipes. I'm especially concerned about Breakfast as I always go to the gym around 9am
I do currently have a drink which i 'juice' 3 times a week. It contains the following (all organic when possible)
And then blend this three times a week (fruit is mostly organic and frozen from trader Joes)
1 scoop of Vanilla protein
Looking for (Lots) help and advice on how best to get started on this new way of life, books, online reading materials. i have just got hold of forks over knives (DVD) which i will be watching tonight.
Thanking you in advance
As a footnote, I should add that gaining weight is not a priority, I am 5' 9" and weight 162lbs and if anything would like to lose maybe 5lbs and some bodyfat but gain some muscle