Sunday Funday: Week 5 Review

Five weeks into the program — about 10% done! — and I feel like things are just starting to click into place for me. Late this week, I finally had enough of feeling like I was “gaming the system” by eating crap but just eating it slowly and not being over-stuffed (“I’m following the rules!”).  Made the decision to stay away from the crappiest of the crap — the low-hanging chocolate bars, so to speak — and concentrate on putting more whole foods into my body.

And that’s sparked a renaissance of sorts for me — it’s like I flipped a switch and all of a sudden eating pizza and candy and ice cream isn’t who I am.  Aha!  It’s that whole “identity” thing creeping up on me, methinks!  I don’t suspect that I’m cured now, but this mindset will make it easier to git’r’done.  I’m happy to report that I did all my grocery shopping for the week and I managed to steer clear of most of the treats that I usually buy for myself.

With that, here’s a rundown of my week:

Measurements:
Finally some progress!  Weight is remaining pretty stubborn, but the more-important measurements are improving.  his makes me pretty dang happy.  It’s not much, but it’s enough to keep me plugging away at this.

Workouts:
This is still going well. Training is part of my identity, so when I wasn’t doing it, I felt like a fraud.  It feels great to be hitting it 5x/week.  From now until the end of time (well, the end of Precision Nutrition time, I suppose), the weekly template will be 3 strength sessions, 2 interval sessions, 1 active recovery day and 1 rest day.  Totally doable.  And I can’t wait to start increasing my run distance/pace, too — I’m not yet feeling like a runner, but I certainly *am* a runner.

Habits:
This week was the introduction of the second cornerstone habit:  to stop eating when I’m 80% full. I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around this one.  I mean, what’s 80%?  How do you measure that?  For my black and white mathematical brain, this proved a challenge. What turned this around for me was learning to use the hunger scale instead — a 1 to 10 scale of hunger, where you eat when you’re around a 2-3 and stop eating when you’re at a level 7-8.  For whatever reason, this was much easier for me to grasp.  Since implementing this, I think I’ve made good progress with this habit though it’s still very much a work in progress.

The problem with having a dog and only eating until 80% full

Habit Log:
Weeks 1-2: Fish oil and probiotic
Weeks 3-4: Eating slowly

Week 5:  Stop eating at 80% full

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