My Diet

Yeah, yeah, I know. This is a law firm blog, so why am I writing about my diet?

Two reasons. 

First, it's my blog, so I can write about whatever suits my fancy. Usually, that's answering questions clients ask me a lot so everyone has easy access to that information. Sometimes, however, law is boring and I want to write about something else. You can't be "on" all the time.

Second, we're about helping people going through divorce. We're attorneys, so we help people with legal stuff. But that's not enough. People going through divorce need help emotionally, physically, spiritually, and economically. Diet is about all of these things (although the most direct and obvious benefits are physical).

Cheat Day

I'm writing this as I begin my cheat day. For six days of the week, I'm a good boy when it comes to food. I follow what's called the slow carb diet, which was developed by Tim Ferriss (the guy who wrote The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body).

I won't get in to the diet too much, other than to say it's not really a diet. It's a way of eating that maintains only five rules (you have to make it simple, otherwise you won't follow it) and is super easy to maintain. I experiment with diets and ways of eating, and this is by far the easiest and most sustainable system of healthy eating I've come across.

Anyway, back to cheat day. Part of the diet is you get a cheat day every week. I chose Saturday for my cheat day, and I go nuts. Over the course of a cheat day, I probably intake 5000 to 7000 calories of sugar, fat, and salt.

That should be a recipe for disaster. Seems like ingesting that much crap would screw up any diet. Thankfully, no. I usually gain about 2 to 5 pounds on a cheat day, and all of that weight is gone by Tuesday or Wednesday, then I lose some more by Saturday.

Divorce, Stress, Weight Gain, Weight Loss

I'm now down 33 pounds since February. I let myself get a bit too big, let us say.

As anyone who has gone through divorce knows, it's stressful. In fact, it's a train wreck. And, you know what, it's no different for the attorneys. We take on ourselves our clients' stress. Their problems become our problems.

Stress leads to weight gain in many people. And so it was in my life. I was in a constant state of stress, which translated to poor eating and workout habits, which translated in to weight gain.

Things needed to change, so I changed them. If I wanted to be around for a while for my clients and my family, I had to do things differently. So, I did.

My Routine

I now wake up at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. on the weekends, and walk the same 3.5-mile route every morning. (I walk because I like it, and I walk the same route to make things automatic so I don't have to think about it.) I listen to a podcast or an audio book when I walk.

I eat the same breakfast every morning: four fried eggs with hot sauce and a cup of cashew milk, along with some supplements. (Don't worry, I eat lots of vegetables later in the day, just not in the morning. In the morning, I want protein and fat.)

I try to lift weights three to four times per week during the lunch hour.

Total workout time per week is around 10 hours, six hours of which is walking.

There are lots of days I don't feel like things are working, but I keep working and trusting the system. And the system works.

So, Again, why Are You Talking About this?

I'm talking about my diet and my experience so you know we as divorce attorneys share experiences with our clients. We are affected by what they are affected by. We are there with you.

I'm also talking about this to show you, that while divorce is difficult and stressful, there are systems that will help you deal with what you're going through.

Good lawyers create systems to help you reach your legal goals in divorce. This is what we've done in our law firm to better serve our clients.

Others have created systems that help you with healthy eating and weight loss so you can be there with your family and enjoy them for a good long time.

If divorce is getting the best of you and you need to lose weight and be healthier, know that it can be done. You'll need to change, and that's good. Change is good. Change will make you who you want to be.

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