All my life I have loved to grow and develop. Physically, spiritually, socially, mentally, all fascets of life. Traditional models of education frustrate. While some grown through years of steady constant training, which is awesome, I do not. I am a product of the add generation. Traditional education is made to work for the masses, giving each person the same environment, same materials and the same pace; and given the mass amount of need, I understand why.
When I find interest in something, my focus is sharp and my intensity is high, my passion is released. Life is a marathon, but I am a sprinter. Therefore, my strategy is to harness my disposition into a series of sprints that drive me towards success.
Train by Fire.
Explosive. Intense. Consuming.
It’s finished (in fact it’s been finished); and what a wild ride. 28 days of pounding as many calories as the stomach can handle.
Before I get into the details of the project, I want to talk a little big picture. I believe it’s incredibly important for one’s overall general health and wholeness to live in a state of good physical fitness. One thing I’ve noticed is people always covet wealth and health. Well I don’t have the former, and I don’t really care for it; but the latter is obtainable. When I am an older man, say in my 50′s, I want to still have the physical ability elicit and celebrate all the fantastic elements of Creation, and I don’t want to do it from a recliner. Therefore, I make efforts to keep a moderate amount of strength, good lungs, and a healthy heart. Then comes the January Project.
The January Project actually pushes against the statements made above, but it got trumped for 2 reasons:
1. I love anything awesome/extreme: I am obsessed with pushing thigns to their limits, be it my mind, my body, or whatever. This seemed extreme, unique, difficult, and honestly, like it would tell a good tale afterwards
2. I love community: As noted in my other post, friendship is my fuel, and this project afforded us a great experience, rekindled a friendship, and was a lot of fun (sort of).
I gained 18lbs in 28 days by eating a little under 3 months worth of food; and Reece gained 12.
Its kind of difficult to put a post like this up because unlinke Tim Ferris, the inspiration for this project,the process was promoted before proven, so that if it doesn’t work (which in one way it did and in another it), we look like all the more fools. It worked because both Reece and myself felt like we significatly altered our physical state in a very short period of time, granted some of that was fat, but it was still more strength than I’ve ever gained before.
It failed because of the 18lbs, the pictures testify that a large portion was fat. The more I’ve investigated the dietary process, I’m finding massive errors. For example. every night in bed, I consumed a massive fruit smoothie consisting of just under a 100o calories, and along with it a 420 calorie protein bar covered in peanut butter and 2 huge tuna melts. The tuna is awesome, as well as the almonds I put in it and the smoothie. The peanut butter is not ideal but the smoothie was a foul choice. The fructose is tough for the body to break down and easy to convert to unneeded fat; and the protein bar was more like chewing on a piece of lard. C’est la vie.