1! 2! 3! GO!
As Troy is fond of reminding me, he already has a six-pack. It’s just lovingly protected by a thick layer of hard-earned beer belly. Enact: Operation Beer Belly.
GAME DAY PLAN – 1800-2200 calories a day of…
High fat – But good fat, the kind that burns fat. Avocados, coconut oil, butter; they make everything so much yummier!
Low carb – That not only means no sugar, minimal fruit but no gluten. That means ZERO pasta, pizza, or french bread for this fun-loving Italian boy (and therefore withdrawals).
No Dairy – Since cheese is the milk-and-honey of my life, I can’t imagine this. Kudos to you, Troy.
High protein – Meat, nuts, eggs, more eggs and you guessed it…. eggs.
High Veggies – With cruel emphasis on extra good stuff like swiss chard, kale and butternut squash. Troy’s favorites. (Heeheehee) Sorry not sorry.
Splurge day – Following Tim Ferriss‘s school of thought on this one. (Troy’s a fan) In the Four Hour Body, Ferriss purports that a splurge is not only good for psyche, it prevents your metabolic rate from dropping. Other sources show leptin levels drop with calorie restriction. I know this because… well… because Troy researched it to back up his position. So for 24 hours each week, Troy plans to PIG out. The theory goes like this…
Troy’s Body: “I’m soooo hungry! Wasting away! Must preserve fat to save body from certain destruction.”
Troy: “Sorry about that. Here’s some ravioli/cheeseburger/ burrito/meatball sub/philly cheesesteak. See? No need to worry. Now… there you go… let go of the love handle. Nice and easy.”
While The Nagging Spouse naysayed this element of the plan because it seemed counter-productive, I knew I was facing certain anarchy if Troy couldn’t drink wine and eat Taco-flavored Doritos (and then more wine) every now and then. Also, Troy is the hangriest person I know, so 6 out of 7 days will be no joyride for either of us. Alas, the seventh day.
THE KICKOFF – We are starting with a baseline. With some basic blood work and tests of strength and endurance, we’ll know the work he has cut out for him(us). I’ll keep you posted.
5 x 10 pushups every day
Walk 10,000 steps every day
As many pull-ups as he can do at a time
Strength Training 3-5 times a week with friend/personal trainer
Basic nagging from the spouse to ride bikes, swim with kids, house repair, soccer with daughter, etc, etc. It all counts, people!
THE EXTRA POINT – Just because Troy overdoes EVERYTHING, he has a few add-ons:
Apple Cider Vinegar – I believe in gut flora but since I can’t seem to convert him to my homemade Kombucha, he has opted to shoot Apple Cider Vinegar. (How insulting, right?) Shooting Apple Cider Vinegar is a form of self-inflicted torture. But I’m going to film it so we can enjoy his “un-enjoyment” it together. 😁
Vitamins – This part of the plan was mostly Troy. He chose supplements from The Grain Brain. They are basics like vitamin D, DHA, Turmeric, Resveratrol, Alpha Lipoid Acid and a probiotic. No silver bullets. Sorry Troy. #NoShortcutsToHealth
To run a 5k in under 30 minutes
More cardio stamina
50 pushups (in a single set)
10 pull-ups (in a single set)
The Nagging Spouse’s Goals
A fit husband who has…
Tons of energy
A healthy cholesterol level
Normal blood pressure
Functioning liver (despite years of pickling)
Six-Pack Abs and chiseled torso (See how I listed this last to imply selflessness?)
42! 63! 91! HIKE!