I’ve been on the F45 Challenge 32 which started two weeks ago. I won’t lie – the training has been on point but the nutrition has been way off, mostly because of the drinking.
I’m not going to beat myself up about that because it’s been a brilliantly social two weeks after a pretty shitty 18 months. However, I’m now turning my attention to making the most of the remainder of the challenge while I can.
It’s quite simple:
* meet the calorie deficit;
* eat healthily;
* continue decent workouts;
* cut the crap.
That last point in particular is interesting. I’m a sugar addict, as I’ve written about before. Another bad habit is vaping. I haven’t smoked cigarettes since 2015, other than the occasional menthol in a social setting but as they’re now banned anyway, that makes things a lot easier.
I want to get rid of the vaping though. In the grand scheme of things, it’s just not good for me. I use it to distract from the craziness of life and to suppress my appetite. While I might feel that helps me mentally and in my fitness journey, there’s growing evidence about the long term impacts of it, as well as the benefits of quitting, and so I’ve decided it’s got to go.
I tried back in 2019 and managed six months without it. I put on weight, as is often the case when you remove any nicotine from your system, but I didn’t need it. I’d found alternative (normal/healthy) ways to control stress and pressure. I can’t quite recall why I went back to it but it will have been losing that control as well as concerns about my weight.
This time, I’ll be mindful of that, having known the possible side effects. It’s not going to be easy, though.
It’s been SO GOOD being back at the gym. I am being better at nutrition (albeit nowhere near as good as I should be) and now the vaping will become a thing of the past – hopefully!
I have a quarter of a bottle left. I vaped just before 0930 and then went the whole day without it. My next vape was just after 2000.
Its a kind of weaning process before I go cold turkey (which will probably be by Wednesday)
I kept myself busy throughout the day to try to avoid any need for it. I did eat two Turkish Delight chocolate bars though. Not great but writing about it helps with accountability and to remind myself there is absolutely no need for me to do that.
If I’m a little grumpy this week, there’s a 75% chance it’s not your fault! 😂 Wish me luck!