By Ron Pereira
I wanted to share a few personal, and Intentional Encounter, updates.
First, I’ve continued to do very well with my new clean eating and CrossFit workouts. My kids have even joined me to work out most mornings, which is pretty awesome!
When I first started this journey I weighed around 208 pounds and was definitely sporting a sizeable beer belly.
I recently weighed in at 185 pounds and am, unquestionably, stronger than I have been in a long, long time.
And while you’ll never see an “after” picture of me on this blog (we are Catholic gentlemen after all!) I will say my six-pack is definitely making a comeback, which seems to impress my kids more than anyone! ☺
I also have far more energy and mental focus, which has made me more effective at work and at home.
And, most importantly, my spiritual life is growing stronger each and every day… especially since my brothers and I began our 90-day Exodus journey.
No Longer Tracking What I Eat
With this said, I have made a few tweaks I’d like to share.
First, I no longer track the food I am eating. Don’t get me wrong… I strongly encourage folks to diligently track what they’re eating when they first start to eat clean since this is an excellent way to form keystone habits.
But, to be clear, this tracking isn’t meant to count calories since, let’s be honest; no one can really say exactly how many calories they’re eating. Plus the old calories in/calories out approach to weight loss simply doesn’t work and isn’t sustainable.
Instead, tracking what you eat will help you to steer clear of the bad stuff like processed foods, processed sugar, and grains. At least it helped me.
With all this said, I have definitely developed the habit, and now have the required discipline, to eat cleanly. So I decided to stop tracking everything. Of course, if I ever feel as though I’m slipping up I can easily go back to tracking.
White Potatoes Are Back on the Menu Boys!
Second, when I first started to eat clean I did my best to stay away from white potatoes. I’m not so worried about this now and, even though I do aim to eat sweet potatoes more often since their glycemic index is a bit lower (and they taste awesome with grass-fed butter smothering them)… I figure if white potatoes are the worst thing I eat I’m doing OK.
Now, as it relates to carbs… I do try to consume less than 100 grams per day. One cup of sweet potatoes has around 27 grams to give you an idea. So, to be sure, most of my carbs come from fresh veggies like carrots and broccoli. And I definitely avoid bread and grains similarly to how I try to avoid rat poison.
Importance of Sleep
And, finally, while it’s not a tweak… I do want to mention how important sleep has been to my journey. I now get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and actually come closer to 8 hours. My goal is to be asleep by 10:00 PM while waking up at 6:00 AM.
Of course, my wife is about to deliver our 7th child so our sleep schedule will likely suffer a bit in the coming months but it’ll be worth it!
Intentional Encounter Update
Next, things have gone very well with the blog. I have started blogs before and realize it can take quite some time before thousands of people visit the site each day.
But we already have a good, faithful, following which includes some of my children (Daddy loves you Ki!). And the awesome guys over at Those Catholic Men even gave us a Facebook shout-out last week, which nearly crushed our little server… but, man, we sure appreciate those guys for the blogosphere love!
We seem to have settled in on 2 new articles per week plus the Monday Intentional Accountability post. Hopefully this is working for everyone. If you have suggestions, or feedback, on how we can improve please do drop us a note!
To be sure we deeply appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to check in on what we’re up to.
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!