Jim Matt

Jim Matt

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Assistant Trainer
Great lesson today!

I just got done with the workout and read the lesson about cravings. I haven't been hit hard (yet) with them, but I remember doing the Whole 30 challenge (strict Paleo for 30 days) a couple of years back and I remember then around Day 10, the evil, red-eyed cravings hit hard! I was irritable, had a headache and generally not a nice person to be around. Just ask my wife. ;)

Fast forward to a few days ago. I remember reading this question on an Internet forum: "what is the worst food for you that you can eat?" The most enlightened, and I think correct answer was, "it depends on the individual...whatever food you are drawn to eat in excess!" I cannot agree more...I've also heard the term, "food without brakes." I think we all have them. Mine, coincidentally enough is pizza. Also, a big plate of Indian food is hard to resist and not finish ("shrimp Masala, spice level 4 with Aloo Paratha please and thanks!) Not to mention going for Dim Sum, those shrimp dumplings are irresistible! My wife's food without brakes would be: chips, popcorn, and any plate of fried food that is put in front of her.

I definitely agree to acknowledge the cravings, don't hide or use "sheer will power," to try to circumvent them. Drink a bunch of water, have a piece of fruit do a little yoga. If all else fails, drop something heavy on your toe and the pain from that will distract you from any cravings. ;) (a little joke there!)


Food...always a struggle
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Yesterday on the diet plan went "OK." The thing I struggle with is: I just don't live vegetables. I'm very sensitive to sulfurous compounds, and vegetables usually have a fairly high content of these. But yet, I do the best I can. I do love salads, but there is just so much lettuce one can eat in a day. Asparagus and green beans I actually like the most (especially grilled), chile and bell peppers are also good along with carrots and celery. I have the hardest time with broccoli and cauliflower (usually best for me in "riced or "pulverized" form). I feel that if all I ate were potatoes and corn as my "veggies" that would be "cheating" and not in the spirit of the plan.

With that being said, I love the workouts and have a nice lunch packed for today, and dinner will be ground turkey served with a bunch of stir fried veggies and a little rice.

Last night I made langoustinos served with sautéed zucchini, carrots and tomato sauce with just the right amount of pasta:


Day 7
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Mass props to all of my teammates for a successful first week in the program!

Today I went shopping and bought everything (I hope) that will be needed for Week 1. Lots of veggies, some yogurt, meat, and some sparkling water (my beverage of choice).

I also skipped the 400 jump ropes in favor of a few laps on the stairs today. Given the fact that it was a beautiful Spring day in Cincinnati today, I felt it was only appropriate to seize the morning and get moving outside.

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Day 3

I'm trying to not get too enthusiastic about the program. The workouts have been great, and I have even snuck in an extra "strength and conditioning" class at the YMCA this week. It is hard to not want to go overboard, but I realize the pitfalls of this: get into an unsustainable pattern and fall off. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

Same could be said about my diet. I've been eating smaller portions and healthier all week, even though it isn't mandatory.

But I feel great, and motivated. My wife is actually watching me and doing the exercises with me, so she has been great moral support!

In the spirit of full disclosure, and not to bash any other program: I've done the Paleo diet in the past, but found it unsistainable for my lifestyle. Same with "CF"...I saw some pretty impressive fitness improvements, but had some injuries along the way and didn't feel that is was sustainable.

I truly believe the secret to success is sustainability, something that becomes a positive habit, and allows us to evolve. Today's workout for me was evolutionary and 3 of the 4 jumprope sets were unbroken! I'm notoriously uncoordinated, and workout 1 was riddled with broken sets because of hitting my feet with the rope!

Keep up the good work!


Day 2

Yesterday was a bit of a challenge. Opening day here in Cincinnati is a big deal, and our company had a sponsored outing. Plus, my jumprope and push-up bars arrived today (not yesterday as planned). Not to be deterred, I did Day 1 and Day 2 workouts in one day today. I don't plan to make a habit of doubling up the workouts!

On the eating side, I managed to avoid nachos, popcorn yesterday and managed to stick to one hot dog at the game.


Day 1

So, this will be a fun adventure! It isn't like I am in terrible shape or anything. In fact, I participated in a stair climbing race a couple of months ago and placed 1st in my age group! But my diet lately has been less than stellar, and my overall strength-to-weight ratio has gone down considerably. I also work in a brewery, so I tend to have a couple of beers per day. And when it is more than a couple, it results in me making poor food choices. So I'm looking to cut way back on the beer, make smarter food choices, and keep up on the workouts. My goal it to get leaner and make sure I'm healthy now that I am 50!


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