So how do I get better: Diet and Exercise
Enough breaking myself down time to build me back up.
We’ve spent enough time diagnosing what is wrong with me now it’s time to put together a plan to get me to where I want to go. (I mean I could go deeper on what’s wrong with me in general but that would be a different style substack.)
I want to start with conceptually what should be the easiest one… diet and exercise.
In the past, I’ve done well when I have chosen to eat well and paid attention. One time I dropped 24 pounds in a month doing the “Whole 30” strictly following it and working out. But eating like that is not sustainable or enjoyable. This needs to be less fad diet and more lifestyle change. Also doing the “Whole 30” led to me crying in a movie theatre because the people in front of us ordered wings and I said to my then-girlfriend, “All I want is to eat wings and watch a movie and this stupid diet won’t let me do that.”
Overall know what to put into my body, that’s not the hard part. The hard is staying on top of it and not letting myself get lazy. Grabbing fast food on the way from the course or hockey is easy. Getting delivery on a night where I haven’t prepared dinner usually leads to me ordering something unhealthy and it’s easy. Cooking when I don’t feel like it or when I don’t have groceries isn’t hard, but it requires more effort.
In order to stay on top of it, I need to do meal prep. It’s the surefire way for me to not fall into making bad choices. Also, it creates a habit, and when I have habits, I fall into line.
Two other problems I run into:
-Travel: When I travel everything goes out the window and everything backslides. I need to be mindful of how to handle this and I need to come up with a solution. To start the year, I currently have no plans to travel until April. Establishing four months of a habit should make travel easier.
-Drinking: When I drink, I eat like crap the day I drink and the next day when I don’t feel hot. Then it piles onto a third day possibly because I feel like crap from eating like crap the day before. Cutting out alcohol or putting a hard limit on what I have when out with friends needs to happen.
Working out is probably the easiest roadmap. I have downloaded the Fit for Golf app and have already been following it for a few weeks. Additionally, I have been back to getting on the treadmill during meetings.
Instead of doing a general workout program that I have done in the past, I wanted to do something golf specific, to improve my power and flexibility. (Both topics we will get into in the future.)