We’ve come to another year. 2017 was rough. Let’s just get that out of the way. It was a year that was filled with highs and lows. Personally, this year, I struggled to find out what I want my life to look like. Unexpectedly, my life took a turn in a completely different direction than I would like. But that is ok. Events in my life allowed me to find new passions and new goals. The picture of what I wanted my life to look like, well, changed. Again, that is ok.
For 2018, I’ve chosen to focus on my finances, nutrition and fitness. I’m already signed up for another half marathon in November, and I’m continuing with my yoga practice. Nutritionally, I was a mess. I’m all over the place. I desperately needed to get focused in this area. After being sick, I’ve tried to make nutrition a priority. There are so many diets, trends, etc that are out there and one can easily get overwhelmed. Enter Tom Brady, 5x Super Bowl champion, Gisele Bundchen’s husband, founder of the TB12 Sports empire (well soon to be empire, I’m sure), and a 40 year old in the best shape of his life. That last part is what attracts me to him. For the last couple of years, I’ve been intrigued by his lifestyle. It obviously contributes to his success. He has to rely on his body and its performance to do his job.
TB12 Sports released a nutrition manual for around $200 awhile ago, but unfortunately, it was a little out of my price range (still on my wish list though). Then, finally, he released The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance in 2017. I had to get this book. I wanted a glimpse into how this man remains in the physical condition he’s in. In particular, I was interested in the nutrition information. So, I read the nutrition chapter, and wrote down approved TB12 foods. For the last week, I’ve tried to adhere to these foods. I also tried to adhere to the 80% Alkaline/20% Acidic guideline.
After a week of diving into this, I have to say that I feel better than I did. I have less digestion issues, feel less bloated, have more energy and feel better mentally. When you know you are putting good stuff in your body, you don’t feel any negative feelings about what you do eat. Now, I was not perfect. I most definitely steered off the path a couple of times. But each time, I didn’t beat myself up about it, and just started the next meal fresh. It is a fairly restrictive way to eat, but it feels less restrictive the more creative you get. I’m eager to continue on this path, and to get fully back into working out. I think all of it in combination, especially when I can start incorporating the pliability, will make for a better, healthier me.
To be continued…