Champions of Wayne Blog
Sean Galvin is Executive Director of Champions of Wayne and makes a point establish a new good habit each semester so he can keep up with the impressive feats of Wayne Memorial students. While his accomplishments of earning a Ph.D. and running ten marathons (and counting) are impressive, he has eaten like a total loser for upwards of 35 years and is embarrassed (as he should be). This is his story:
By Sean Galvin
Today begins day #9 of the 14 day no sugar/carbs challenge. Here's what I've learned thus far:
1. This isn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. By loading up on everything I WILL be eating each Sunday, there's no need to think about eating anything else. I have a plan and I stick to it.
2. Days 2-4 were relatively uncomfortable. Fatigued, sweaty, bloated, and forced to use the men's room with startling frequency, my low point came when I improperly cooked whitefish on my Foreman grill, watched it flake off into little pieces when attempting to move it to my plate, and then just started barehanding flakes of fish off the countertop into my mouth because I was ravenous from a lack of sugar/carbs.
3. My biggest challenges: evening cravings--relatively easily overcome with a steady supply of nuts, and ice water is more satisfying than you'd think.
4. I had a (full-sized) spare tire going before I started this: As a habitual marathon runner, I assumed I was fit as can be...not the case. After 8 days, I can see the fat falling off of my belly, and my previously-unnoticed love handles are rapidly diminishing as well.
5. I sleep better. And wake up with a clearer head.
6. Waking up is easier. Oh yes.
7. I'm maintaining steady energy throughout the day: No more spikes, crashes, needs for an afternoon coffee or nap.
8. Increased ability to focus. My productivity wheelhouse, normally 8am to 11am, now extends well into the afternoon.
9. Biggest life hack I've figured out thus far: bulletproof coffee. I've come up with my own variation, which is coffee with a tablespoon of grass-fed butter, heavy whipping cream, and coconut oil. This morning routine provides me with 500 calories (none from carbs, obviously) and a steady source of energy throughout the day.
10. Routines and "staples" have been key to early success. Unless I've gotten creative, the standard operating procedures are:
I see you, bro
Will I continue this strict diet after the mandatory 14 days?
While I refuse to answer this question now, I can promise the following:
1. I will carry an increased awareness of what enters my body from now on
2. Permanent diet changes are imminent
3. There will be cheat days (goodbye to pizza forever? I think not.)
4. I don't really have any cravings anymore, and I'm into this steady energy and clearheadedness
Stay tuned for my post-14 days wrap up and plan for the future!