Well here we are again. It’s that time of year where temptation is all over the place. A simple shopping errand exposes you to tons of advertising aimed to put layers of fat around your waist. Big brand name department store go straight from Halloween decor to Christmas advertising. If you’re lucky, your town still advertises for Thanksgiving. Regardless, the baked goods and sweets based on the Holidays start to make it into your visual on a daily basis.
This is the point of the year that can be difficult for most folks to stay focused on the big prize. My big prize is the fitness goal I set for myself at the beginning of this year. ( SEE Five Reality Checks That Helped Me Plan A Successful 2015 Training Plan AND My Wobbly First Three Quarters of Weight and Exercise In 2015). Am I the only one that gets distracted very easily at this point of the year?
The last few weeks have been rough on me. Due to the way things have been going I thought this was a great time to update everyone on what’s been going on.
Trip to Thailand
I took a ten day trip to Thailand back in October. Going into the trip I did not expect to have 24/7 access to a gym. I did anticipate doing enough physical activity that would allow me to stay in shape while on the trip.
My last corporate job was as a international business developer. That job required me to travel overseas a lot. With that job, I was a pro at adjusting to different time zones. The key to a successful overseas trip is to get your body adjusted to the time zone as quickly as possible. Believe it or not, a successful sleep pattern starts once you are on that plane.
The reason the lights go out on the plane when you’re traveling overseas is because they want you to get adjusted to whatever local time zone going to be landing in. On this Thailand trip I did not even try to get some sleep while on a plane. I think I only got 2 hours of total sleep. This was my first international flight in which I did fly business class. When in business class, your seat goes all the way down into a bed. On this flight, my economy row only had my wife and I. Despite it only being us two in our row, I just could not get comfortable.
By not getting proper sleep, I was in the hurting when we landed in Bangkok. When you first land in a new time zone your body wants to stay on its old time schedule. So I started to experience my body naturally wanting to go to sleep during Thailand daytime hours because its exactly 11 hours behind my normal time zone. To get pass that sensation, you have to force yourself to stay awake and not go to sleep during the day. My wife and I never fully adjusted and suffered sleep insomnia the entire trip.
Eating in Thailand
Thailand has a reputation for some of the best food on this planet. I love Thai food in the states so I knew I would try to taste the real thing every day.
My normal routine is to skip breakfast. But due to breakfast being included in our hotel bill at the hotels, I decided to partake in it. Boy was it good! Every location had a combination of Western and Thai cuisine. Given I was in Thailand, I gravitated towards the Thai food more than the Western food.
The Thailand breakfast buffet menu would always consist of lots of meats, vegetables, rice and noodles. The type of grub you normally see for lunch or dinner. It may have been cooked in oils and sauces but it all tasted very fresh. Nothing like what you would find in the United States.
During the trip I would normally skip lunch because I was so stuffed from the delicious breakfast. For dinner, I would eat a very small meal. All of this was the complete opposite of my normal routine of skipping breakfast, having a small lunch and than having a big dinner.
The main hotel I was staying at in Thailand did not have any type of gym. That was no problem because I planned on doing body workouts. Push ups and body squats were what I did every other day. When at the other hotels, I was able to use their gyms to do several workouts. The workouts plus the walking everywhere provided all the exercise I needed for the trip. Due to my sleep insomnia, I wasn’t bring my A game but it was better than doing nothing.
Coming Back Home
As expected, I had severe sleep insomnia once I came back to the US. I suffered from insomnia for almost three weeks. Even right now I’m still trying to figure out how to recover and get proper sleep. You see I’ve been around this fitness game long enough to realize that sleep is a missing ingredient in my body progressing. The more nights I get a consistent 7-9 hours of sleep, the better my body will be at recovery. A body that recovers well is primed to lose fat and build muscle.
In addition to the lack of sleep I got my butt kicked by Halloween. I bought five pound bags of candy for trick-or-treaters this year but only four kids showed up! So the $20 worth of candy became automatic snack bait for my wife and I. You see I never have candy in my household. I mean seriously I never never ever ever ever have sweets like that in my house. Having those chocolates in my house woke up my inner sugar addict.
The ironic part of me going overboard with the Halloween candy was that it happened the day my book, “Release The Beast: Conquer Mental, Physical & Diet Challenges To Unleash The Champion Inside!” was released. The combination of insomnia, stress and easy access to sugar sent me on a emotional roller coaster that week. I did not feel like myself at all during the first week of November.
I’m Picking Myself Off The Mat For These Final Rounds!
If you’ve been following this blog, you now see the inspiration for the last couple of blog posts. It’s amazing how something as simple as sleep and sugar in my diet has put a damper on my 2015 goals. Since my last post, I feel like I’m almost back to where I was before the Thailand trip.
Due to this setback, I’ve decided to change up my routine for my blogs. I’ve decided that I would start posting a progress report every Friday, counting down the weeks it takes to reach my 2015 goal of 195 lbs. It will serve as a personal motivational factor as well as show my readers and clients that I practice what I preach.
This time of the year is the hardest for me to lose weight. With all the temptation, it’s easier to give in and wait until next year. I’m not going to do that this year!
I’m responsible for all my successes and failures. It’s time to share my personal journey. I only have a few weeks left in 2015. I’m currently 207 lbs. Think I’ll make it?
Look out for Mike’s Countdown to 195: Week One, coming out next Friday!
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