I’m back from my trip to Israel, the SC legislative session is in full swing and our Internet shop is starting to get swamped again. Before the craziness of 2013 begins, I want to continue my Man Project summary (http://www.wesleydonehue.com/2012/12/13/the-man-project/).
Last week (http://www.wesleydonehue.com/2012/12/31/concentrate-on-your-mind/), I stressed the importance of concentrating on your mind to keep it in good shape. Today, I’m going to focus on the importance of taking care of your body. You only get one body and your habits will define your health, essentially, for the rest of your life. If you consistently feed your body junk, it is not going to perform the way you want it to and you will find that you will no longer have the mental or physical energy to do what you want.
Exercise is Critical
It’s not hard to see that exercise has taken a back seat for most people. Sure, we are busy and life is demanding, but there is always time to add a little bit of exercise in. This year, I was able to shed 20 pounds and as a result, I am in the best shape of my life. If you’re wondering how I did it, I exercise six days a week, 45 minutes a day.
I started with the Insanity program by Beachbody, which is an extremely intense workout, but it is worth every bit of sweat. The program is eight weeks along and promises to get you in the best shape of your life. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete the program as I suffered a serious back injury in the seventh week of the program and had to switch to a kettleball workout. I planned to start back this week, but jetlag and the flu has me down. Monday is my go day. It’s on like Donkey Kong.
Diet is Just as Important, If not More
Exercise is important, indeed, but so is your diet, perhaps even more so. Elizabeth switched to a vegan diet about eight months ago, I’m not quite there yet, but I do eat vegan or vegetarian at least 80% of the time. One thing I do not do – I do not eat junk food, no soda or any type of fast food except occasionally on my cheat day. These products are laced with not only calories, but also preservatives and high levels of sodium, which are no good for you. The ONLY time I drink soda is when I mix Bacardi and Diet Coke, a concoction said to have 0 calories.
Each day I drink at least three liters of water to continuously flush out the toxins. I make it a point to eat 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up to jump start my energy. I’ve also reduced the amount of alcohol that I consume which has become increasingly important during election seasons and legislative session.
Of course, this is not to say that you can’t cheat, you should always allow yourself one day to cheat each week – a guilty pleasure, if you will.
Here’s the most important thing I’ve learned about staying in shape – if you don’t buy junk food, you won’t eat junk food. I’m a snacker. If there is a bbq potato chip in front of me, you best believe that I’m inhaling it as fast I can. That’s why Elizabeth and I NEVER purchase junk food and keep a full stock of almonds, fruits and cut up veggies in the kitchen.
The diet and exercise that I do helps me stay in shape, but it also keeps me healthy, which allows me to continue living the way I do.
- Wesley Donehue