So the struggle is real. How does a bona fide beer lover and drinker lose their beer belly? Well, we are about to find out in this new journey we're going to be taking here on Hops and Homers.
There are two main things I am looking to improve. The first and the most important in my opinion, is eating better. I plan to accomplish this by winning the days decisions. Every day there are small choices to make that will help to win the overall fight against fat. Win these choices daily and a new habit and new way of eating emerges. An example of a healthy choice is drinking more water. It's going to be difficult drinking less beer, but i hope to savor and enjoy the ones I do drink even more now. Lastly, another example is making the choice to eat more wholesome food, not something carb or sugar loaded, but instead something more fulfilling and healthy.
Along with making these better choices, I plan to continue to meal plan with healthy meals, and more importantly, stick to it. The key to meal planning is keeping things light, healthy, and delicious. Without any of those key criteria, this can't work. Moderation and portion sizes will be absolutely crucial.
Counting calories and dieting are not something I am interested in doing. Neither is journaling my daily food intake. While there are many articles and "experts" who say this is what really makes the most difference, I feel I have this portion of health covered through making the healthy choices. If I make a healthy choice, I shouldn't have to write it down. I feel that makes you too concerned about writing everything down and not enjoying the meal or more importantly, the food itself.
Eating better and healthier is going to be a huge part of getting into shape, but another key is getting out and being active. I've come to realize I like structure, so that means schedule workouts and put them on my calendar. Obviously it helps a lot when I actually do the workout I have scheduled, but guilt kicks in if I put something on my calendar and I don't stick to it or do it. These activities can be anything that gets me out and moving. Running, golfing, walking or hiking with Clover, or just doing a p90x3 workout, are all ways to get my ass moving.
What am I looking to accomplish with this series of posts? First and foremost, some accountability. Again, if I put it on my to do list or schedule a post on my calendar, guilt kicks in if I don't write one. Second, this will help me document my journey to be coming healthy. It will give me a place to see what worked and what didn't work. And lastly, it will help me stay consistent in my journey. It will give me an outlet to be honest with myself about how my choices went for the previous week.
I look forward to this journey of trying to lose my beer belly and the struggles that surround it. It will be a struggle make no bones about it. A struggle that will be worth it in the end.
Until next time.