How to Lose 10 pounds in 8 days
It has been 8 days since I kicked myself in the rear and started to get serious and disciplined. It has been eight days since I had any bread, pasta, rice or cookies and any other sugar junk food. I started last Monday December 16, 2013 at 205lbs and 24% bodyfat. How is it possible to lose ten pounds in eight days? To reduce bodyfat by 1.3%? The body has a natural self healing power. I have been doing a minimum amount of exercise and eating as many real foods as possible. Probably more important, I have eliminated processed foods for the most part, except for some of my protein sources. The good news is that it is possible and I hope that I will be able to continue and not fall of the proverbial wagon. I do not expect to lose another 10 pounds over the next week, 5 or even 3 or 2lbs would be fine and I think possible if I keep doing what I have been doing. What I have been doing is pretty straight forward and I think easy for any man or woman to do, even for those of us who have passed the half century mark. Two weeks ago, I hit 57 and I can sure empathize with the sentiment of why bother? I think everyone has to have their own reason that motivates them, but I am pretty sure that we all can find that reason. For myself, I did not want to go back to that very uncomfortable feeling of not being able to fit in clothes, my face expanding like a balloon and the associated health risks. I want to be healthy, do my best for myself and those who care about me. Now to the plan:
Eat real food. What is real food?
Apple, Banana, Cherries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Orange, Persimmon, Papaya, Avocado. Those are the main type of fruits that I have been having daily.
Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Tomato, Cucumber, Garlic, Onion. Those are the main vegetables that I have been having.
Red Beans, White Beans, Pinto Beans, Lentils, Black Beans, Sweet Potato. Those are the main carbs.
Egg Whites, Whey Protein, Morning Star Veggie Burgers, Applegate Organic Roasted Turkey Breast. These are the main proteins.
Peanut Butter, Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Olive Oil. These are the main fats.
Vegetable Juice and Smoothies, water, the main drinks, with a glass of red wine last friday night.
Walk twenty to thirty minutes a day, which is pretty easy for me to do as I live on the east side of Manhattan and walk daily to the west side or to Union Square which is about 30 minutes.
Pick a few exercises that you can do consistently.
Better to do less consistently than shoot for too much and be inconsistent.
So, for the last 10 days, I have been doing pushups, squats and deadlifts. That's it.
I started with 5 sets of 10 pushups with a 1 minute rest between sets for 50 pushups.
I have been increasing gradually the number of each set, now up to 5 sets of 16 pushups, I would like to see if I can push that up to 17 pushups for 5 sets with a 1 minute rest for 85 pushups, and then another 15 pushups for a total of 100 in under 10 minutes.
I started with the bar only for squats, 45lbs, and have been increasing 5lbs and last did 5 sets of 70lbs. Today I will shoot for 5 sets of 75lbs. My rest for squats is from 2 to 5 minutes because it takes alot out of me, but I feel great afterwards.
Deadlifts I just began last week, starting with 95lbs and I did one more session of 5 sets of 100lbs, so tomorrow I will shoot for 105lbs or even 110lbs.
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