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The Results of my December “No Meats” Challenge

For the month of December I challenged myself to a “No Meat, No Dairy” diet. You can see the original post here. Let me tell you….it wasn’t easy but I’m glad I followed through with it.

The first week was challenging. I had become accustomed to having some sort of dairy product or meat product with every meal. I was a carnivore who allotted only a certain amount of space on my plate for the “other stuff.”  Cutting meat, dairy, and eggs cold turkey made me want it even more.  That first week of the challenge I probably told my wife 100 times, “I can’t wait until this is over so I can have a big steak….pork chop….rack of lamb….whole rotisserie pig…..rhinoceros thigh….etc.”

However, after that first week things became easier. I started looking forward to preparing new and creative “Vegan” meals. I took pride in knowing that I had set a goal for myself and I was sticking to it. If you read my intro to this challenge you know that for the past few years I have been struggling with high cholesterol. Every meal started feeling like a step closer to victory rather than a step closer to heart disease.

This past Friday (December 30th) I went and had my blood drawn for updated lab work. I will receive the results this upcoming Tuesday. (January 2nd)

I will update this post with those results.

There is no doubt in my mind that the number will have come down. I feel better than I have felt in a long time. I am optimistic about my future. Having a family and dealing with high cholesterol problems always left me with thoughts of feeling that I would leave them sooner than I wanted to. I want to live a long life and be here for them in my later years.

This challenge has given me an appreciation for the “Vegan” diet and has made me realize that I can cut down or completely cut out what was a major staple in my diet. Will I remain a Vegan? Possibly. There are some things that I miss. Like Salmon!

If I do go back to eating meat I can assure you that it will be because I am treating myself or because I am having a cheat day. I do not want to go back to making it a necessity. I love life and my family more than I love food. I will miss them more and they will miss me more than I will miss meat. My body synthesizes cholesterol different than others so this is my solution to the issue. It may not be an issue for you. However, for those of you looking to lose a little weight, I can assure you that by cutting out or cutting down on foods high in saturated (which a lot of cuts of meat are) you will benefit from doing so. If you pair this with a “No Sweets” challenge you will be well on your way to your weight loss goals.

During the month of December I was relentless in sticking to both my “No Meats” challenge and Coach Demitrius’  “No Sweets” challenge.

I lost 11 pounds in 1 month.  I feel leaner and have more energy.

Here are my before and after pictures:

December 1st (Left) ---- December 31st (Right)

The month of December has now given me the inspiration to work hard towards obtaining my ideal physique. I have some substantial goals for myself now in 2012. There are subtle changes in my photos above that are separated by 31 days. Over the next few months I will hold myself accountable to my 2012 expectations by keeping you guys updated with photos.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you my personal journey, and as always, me and Demetrius will be here for you along yours!

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Succeed at Your 2012 Goals!

Did you know 85% of New Year’s Resolutions fail? That means if you were in aroom of 100 people who resolved to quit smoking only 15 will actually do it. Would you like to be one of the 15? Keep reading for Specifics on how to succeed at your 2012 goals!

Specific Goals!

“I’m going to lose weight this year,” isn’t a specific goal. I’m going to lose 2 pounds each week is specific, attainable and measurable in a short period of time. When goals are Specific benchmarks are easy to make and achieve. Don’t make goals that aren’t well thought out!

Specific Plan!

How will you lose the weight? I’m going to start going to the gym isn’t a specific plan. Being vague allows room for putting it off and completely failing. Remember when you said this last year? You went and paid for the membership but never actually went after the first week. You must be Specific and the first step must be taken TODAY! If you write a goal and don’t make a step toward accomplishing that goal immediately after, you probably don’t mean it. If this means going for a walk or run right now, you need to do it. You have to prove to yourself that you are serious about your goal.

Specific Records!

Do not lie to yourself, your friends, or your family! Keep a very specific food and exercise journal. Your journal will serve a few purposes. It will be a record of your successes and failures. It will be a reference that will help you make adjustments after weigh ins. It will also be another source of accountability. Be sure to revisit past entries in your journal and make necessary improvements to your diet and exercise regimen!

What are your 2012 goals and what are your plans to succeed?

 

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