When 2020 started, I had told myself that this would be the year that I would finally achieve my professional and personal goals. I thought to myself, as I did the New Eve Years traditions for good luck, that this would be“the year” for me. To be honest, I think we all did, we all may have started with high hopes that this would be “the year” that we did X, Y and Z, but then, life answered back and said “think again” .
Honestly, in the first quarter of this year, I was in fact crushing it. I had interviewed for a position in management, which I was told I was a shoe in, and was close to hitting my fitness goal of 200 lbs and 18% Body Fat. All things considered, life seemed to be working out for me. But then, as we all know by now, Covid-19 hit and the foundations that I once considered sturdy for me began to show stress signs. The position was cancelled because of the situation and on top of that people all around the world were suffering financially, emotionally and physically.
Generally, I’m not one stress out about things that are out of my control. I typically have always used the gym as an escape from the daily grind and, in a sense, became therapeutic for me. However when the gym closed, for good reason, I started to manage my stress through food, something that had never happened to me before. I was only able to realize it when, when someone mentioned to me why I was no longer intermittent fasting, which was something that I had been practicing for over a year. Next thing I knew, when I stepped on a scale I had gained about 30 pounds.
So what are my current fitness goals? Currently, I am working to drop down from 230, see video below of July 19th 2020 weigh in, to 220 by September 1st of 2020. With a healthy eating style and regular exercise it is said that a person can drop between 1-2 pounds per week.
My target goal is to drop 1.5 – 2 pounds per week.
How do I plan to achieve that in the age of Covid 19?
For starters, I started to do intermittent fasting once again and set my feeding window to be from 12 pm to 8 pm. While in my feeding window I try my best to eat correctly without counting calories or setting macros. Simply put, I’ll look at my plate and see if it has my desired ratio of protein to carbs to fat.
Could accelerate my weight loss if I correctly managed my macros and calories? Yes. Why am I not setting those metrics up for myself? My own goal at the moment is just to lose some weight not to be on the next cover of a fitness magazine. If I was one in competition to quickly lose weight then yes, id definitely be setting up strict metrics.
Secondly, with safety in mind, I found a gym that requires temperatures checks to get in and a face-mask on at all times. Also, at the hours that I normally go to the gym its usually very empty inside with about 10-15 people in the three story building. My current routine consist of:
- 1 mile AM run with my dog
- weight training 4X per week
- Swimming, of varying intensity/focus, 5 days a week
- Yoga, of varying practice/intensity, 7 days
Hopefully, you join me in my current journey to lose 10 pounds in 7 weeks here on my blog. I plan on adding weekly post as a weigh-in/check-in to myself as well as with you the reader. In those posts I will also share a workout that I found extremely challenging and overall just wanted to share with the world.