A Personal Trainer’s 2nd
30 Days Going BulletProof
As I reflect on the last 60 days of this major diet change, I wonder if one’s diet is as important to others as it is to me. In my more in-depth conversations with clients over the last 60 days, I can see people are aware that it is incredibly important.
After posting my first 30 days on Dave Asprey’s BulletProof plan in the last newsletter (access it here) there has been a rush of interest in how this diet is affecting me and if it’s a good idea for others. That first article has some honest reporting on my experiences going from vegetarian to fat-eating, fat-burning BulletProof-er. So, here I want to cover what has changed for me over the second 30 days.
Food Now, Food Later
It amazes me how much time one can put into food on a daily basis. Thinking about food, choosing it, running to the store or out into the garden. Then it’s the prep and cooking – another time-sink. What about all the clean up? Food is so important that it takes, I estimate, 25% of my conscious energy each day in one manner or another.
So something that takes 25% of my energy and time must be important. Interestingly, now however, I’m finding a goodly amount of extra free time that I didn’t have before BulletProof. What can I do with this time? Maybe I’ll write this newsletter!
On BulletProof Days 30-60
Facts are facts. Since starting January 1, 2015 I’ve lowered my bodyfat from a consistent 11-11.5% in 2014 to a new low of 7.5-9%. When I watched the fat melt off after the first 30 days, I thought, “Well, this is great, but can it last?”
Day 60 is here and I’ve just tested at a new low BF yesterday.
Day 60 measurements:
- 8.7% BodyFat
- 167 lbs scale weight.
I’ve dropped another 1% bodyfat and 2.5 pounds scale weight. I am hopeful at this point the weight loss will plateau, but so long as the BF% continues to drop, I can say most of or even all is fat loss. This fact is a powerful motivator to keep going, but what about energy?
Being A BulletProof Entrepreneur
Daily energy requirements are important for us all, but if you run your own business (or several – as many of you do today) you know how much work it can take to keep energetic and focused. It almost sounds paradoxical to be using energy to improve energy but, like the Krebs Cycle in your body that makes MORE energy by using SOME energy, I’m finding that I can feel more energetic when I am doing things I enjoy. Even though it takes energy to do those things, I come out the other side feeling even better. This has become important to me because I want to be in top condition to perform well in all these areas of life – health, family, business and creativity.
This new BulletProof plan has increased my energy so significantly that I amaze myself with my productivity! Still haven’t found the time to become that world-class guitarist, but business is improving, family time is improving and creativity is back!
I’m noticing the energy to be more creative than I have in years. I guess free-time and more energy naturally lead to this end. Exciting! A fuller, richer life experience just adding in different foods, removing others and living in the moment. Nothing teaches like experience!
Onward and Upward
Using this diet plan has also awakened me to learn other bio-hacks. The better I feel, the more I want to try new ideas to then improve something else. It’s an optimistic feeling that has been steadily growing over these 60 days. Where else can I change? What can be better?
How about sleep? I estimate that sleep accounts for approximately 25-35% of my life in any given 24 hour period. I know the importance of sleep, but what can I do to improve it?
According to Dave Asprey, what you eat before bed can make a significant difference in your sleep quality. That’s already part of the BP diet plan, and I feel it is working for me to eat a small amount of fruit before bed each night. On top of that, I am allowing myself to increase the total hours of sleep each night. You might try the same thing, it’s VERY helpful.
Another 30-Day Goal
So, I’ve decided for the next 30 days to commit to a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. No excuses. This is a big change and one I expect big returns from. Since losing nearly 13 pounds on this BulletProof plan since Jan 1, I now want to add more muscle consistently. Sleep is one component that will really help do that. Time to add – not subtract! I’ve got a new, upgraded, bodyfat measuring device that will give me more data, and more precise information. I’ll update you on that progress next month.
If you’ve taken on the BP diet plan lately, I encourage you to consider these ideas in this post for yourself. At DST, we want to help you improve your strength consistently, and we want to help you live a more fulfilling and powerful life. These additional bio-hacks are not really that difficult to take on, and maybe you can come up with some for yourself that you’d like to share with the rest of us.
Go ahead and try it! Let me know what’s working for you and what you need help with and if there’s enough interest I’ll get that online forum started for us all to interact and help each other!
Next month, I’ll present my final post of days 60-90 Being BulletProof. I hope it’s useful for you to read it!
Here is the link to learn more about Bulletproof coffee and the Bulletproof diet: