- Eating Bread
- Support from family and friends
- Drinking Fluids
- Staying on top of school work
These are the five things that I believe are vital for me to find success on my way to achieving my goal of making it to the national tournament. They all serve specific purposes.
Bread in high in carbs which supplies a lot of energy to the body, which is needed when you work out as much as I have to.
Having support from family and friends is a must. My dad and uncle drove 13 hours from Oakland to Tempe just to watch me win my wrestle off. My parents have always showed up to my meets, no matter how far the drive. Also my friends plan on attending several home matches to cheer me on.
Drinking fluids goes without saying, you need it to stay hydrated and perform. However, in a sport where a bottle of water is a pound you have to find a balance. I understand that what I put in me I will have have to work have to get it off me.
Running is a must. It helps me stay in shape and also keeps my weight down.
Lastly, school is very important, because if I don’t get good grades I cannot compete. So I must find time to balance my sports and academics.
What I realized I have to sacrifice to be successful was bread. It weighs you down. It soaks up all the fluids you in take and holds it in. Which means it is harder to lose weight. This was tough for me because everything I love to eat somehow involves wheat based products.
However, to give up bread I decided to try the paleo diet. The paleo diet is:
… known as paleolithic diet or caveman diet, is all about natural foods to help achieve great health and a perfect physique. The human body evolved for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts. The human race was thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural foods to our bodies.
So far the diet has been working out great. The diet, along with my several work outs a week has helped me lose over 20 pounds in the course of 3 months (150lbs. to 125lbs.)