We have two big mirrors in our bathroom. It's hard to go through morning and evening routines without seeing yourself. Shower. Shave. You have to keep your eyes open. But I managed to avoid my reflection for a couple of years.
I also avoided the pool and beaches.
In December of 2011, most of my pants were tight. They all had 38-inch waists. I'm 6'1".
So I book Timothy Ferriss's awesome book The Four-Hour Body. I read it in two nights.
I tried everything: the diets, the workouts, the ice baths. (Yes, there's ice baths.)
Of all the great advice--and a wonderful writing--one tip stood out.
Now, I weigh 180. And I'm still 6'1". That's 35 lbs.
I'm also running three miles three times a week and doing weights and full-body, high energy workouts two days a week. And I take two or three weeks off everything four times a year.
And 34-inch waists are little loose.
What was that one thing that I give all the credit to?
I modified Ferriss's a bit. And I eat the same thing every day.
- 2 eggs (with that wonderful, nutritious, healthy yolk) any way you like it
- 1 cup chopped frozen spinach, microwaved
- 1/2 cup medium salsa (no sugar added)
I fry the eggs over medium and eat them by themselves.
I mix the cold salsa into the hot spinach. It's really good. (You could serve this as the vegetable with dinner.)
It takes about 4 minutes to prepare. The green tea or coffee takes longer.
Here are some of the benefits of this routine:
- I'm full through lunch, 5 hours later
- I get more than half my veggies before leaving the house
- I really like the spinach-salsa combination
- The capsaicin in the salsa increases metabolism
- I don't have to think about what to eat for breakfast
- It costs less than a dollar a day
- It's only about 250 calories
Will eating this breakfast every day work all by itself?
No. But it's a start. Committing to this simple and life-simplifying routine will get you started. It's one easy step.
Your motivation will increase. You'll think about walking for 10 minutes a day. Then 20.
It took me 1.5 years to lose 35 lbs. Maybe that's too slow, but I got stronger and fitter in the process.
You can too. Just take it easy. And start with a simple breakfast routine that includes tons of antioxidants, protein, and fiber.
And skip the bread.