So, I started the Warrior Diet earlier this week. I think I’m on Day…4? Early in the game, but I wanted to share the funniest thing about my experience so far with the diet:
Just a quick recap, the Warrior Diet emphasizes under-eating throughout the day, with a 4 hour window of eating until your stuffed in the evening.
Of course the general assumption, and to be honest what I thought, is something along the lines of, “four hours of stuffing my face? Bring it on!”
But see, there’s the rub: I am really having trouble stuffing my face- what is perceived as the easiest part of the whole damn diet. I am over-simplifying the problem of course: when I get to my over-eating stage I am not reaching for the Doritos and Mountain Dew. I am looking to eat fruits, vegetables, lean meats. You know, healthy stuff.
And oatmeal. I have been on a real oatmeal kick recently.
One night I casually ate what I thought was enough, only to have my stomach grumble again. Ruh-roh.
The next night I made a real effort, steamed veggies, fruit, some oatmeal. I was convinced that would last me well into mid morning of the next day….
I woke up hungry. I was not expecting that.
I feel like I am having the hardest time with the easiest part of the whole process, which I feel can also be applied to life. Sometimes we have the hardest time explaining the simplest things. More often than not it’s because we have an expectation for how something should turn out: how it should look, behave, the proper effect to a particular cause. But, we are not masters of the universe, and our logic can be fallible. We are also forgetful creatures, and sometimes the smallest details can make all the difference, particularly in jiu jitsu, a sport practically made up of small details.
We should all take a step back and realize that we can’t control everything, and therefore sometimes things are going to go in unexpected ways. We just need to breathe, carry on and work with what we have.