I'll be 64 this spring and I am committed to being in excellent condition by 70 as my longest term goal. I'm in the process of working out my one year goal, but I know my 3 month goals, which I have just basically started:
- cut out all wheat,
eat smaller frequent meals,
incorporate a spiritual component to my fitness regime,
make my workout my days earliest and first priority
I lost my interest in meat chicken and fish a couple of years ago, not through any moral choice or anything, although I do have a proselytizing vegan friend who eats all manner of 'organic' junk food, can't get a good night's sleep and is fixated on 'right' and wrong'. My preference is for the healthiest whole food that is readily available, but I am not above some nitrite infested pepperoni on a homemade thin crust pizza or a whee bit of chicken breast at a traditional Sunday dinner. Braziers work in thrive diet taught me about kale based salads and hemp. Prior to this and perhaps as a product of sort of growing up in the sixties, hemp always had more ethereal purposes.
I've generally led a physical life, have been a runner, but never really got the hang of consistency in my health and fitness regime. I figured there must be some deep seated psychic irritant that has prevented me from honoring my body as much as I might mind and spirit. It's not a new concept by any stretch that the holistic health picture is a balanced body, mind and spirit, so what's my deal?
My best fitness move so far has been reducing, as much as possible, unproductive stress in my life, starting about 15 months ago. Then back in early June, I started walking regularly and adding lots of hulled hemp seed to my daily diet. I dropped from 186 to 170 in three months and have stayed there since. This was encouraging and confidence building enough, for me to decide to dust of the weights and the rowing machine in my home gym and get serious about my body composition. I am not over weight at 5ft11in, but I am over fat and under muscled.
I'm starting with Brendan's adaptation program in 'Thrive Fitness', combined with Tom Venuto's 'Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle' and all tempered with the soon to arrive 'Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness' by the man himself.
I hope to find some inspiration for this 'early senior'.