Tacfit Fire Fighter First Alarm has a compliance system, which is designed to, quote, "Help one to make healthy choices over short periods of time".
The system itself is elegantly simple but I know the journey to create it would have been a complicated one.
It would be wrong of me to divulge the specific details, however, I believe it to be ok to show my scores as a point of interest. I will update the numbers every few days. If you are currently undertaking TFFF FA you will understand. If you are not, check out the program at their web site (link at the bottom of the page). I also remember reading about it in one of TFFF Blog posts (http://tacfitfirefighter.com/blog/) I am loving it!
There are two main things that are impacting my scores and a minor thing. One is my daily trip to McDonald's. Every morning I have an egg Mcmuffin and a coffee. I automatically deduct 1 point for this. For me, the McDonald's breakfast that I have is delicious rubbish but more importantly it is a lifestyle choice because I do my studying and writing there. I have considered my options but this habit will remain for the foreseeable future. So, 1 point bye bye!
The second thing is my yearning for Snickers bars! I don't knowingly eat any man made sugar products (biscuits, cakes blah-de-blah) but slip in the odd Snickers bar every few days. This compliance system has really opened my eyes and helped me to reduce my Snickers intake. I WILL eradicate it. Work in progress.
UPDATE 16TH JULY 2014 - Finally overcame the Snicker's mountain! Not eaten the little buggers for nearly 2 weeks :) I'm sure I'll have the odd one here and there but they are now not part of my staple diet!!!!!!!! 6th August - Still not eaten any :)
UPDATE 25TH JULY 2014 - I now only eat the egg from the McDonald's muffin and throw the rest away. I know. A complete waste of food but I don't look at it as food; delicious rubbish! I have a healthy mini-breakfast at home before I go to McD's now. Getting better, Baby!
The final thing is the odd beer every two or three weeks. Not enough to be an issue and boy is the beer beautiful after not having one for an extended period of time! Other factors that result in point deductions are linked to training intensity but I will say no more :)
UPDATE 6TH AUGUST 2014 - Not touch beer for about a month now. Have no interest or desire to have one. I know I will have one or two if I go for a meal with friends but apart from that I don't want it any more. Cool :)
My nutrition and training this last month have been solid. I am in single digits on fat % (according to my cheap monitor) but 4 weeks ago I felt 'soft' as if I was accumulating fat or storing water. These last four weeks have been magic and even though my numbers (weight / fat %) have not changed much my body is 'hard' again and more defined. What a difference a few weeks of solid nutirion can have. magic :)
UPDATE 2ND SEPTEMBER 2014 - In the last few days I have devoured a tub of mini-snickers! Maybe 20 in the tub. My wife bought them for me a few weeks ago when I was Snicker-mad. I found them and did a test. If I ate them would I go back to my old ways? A potentially dangerous test but 'challenge to grow' is my motto. The result? Did I want more of the 'delicious crap'? Hell, nooooooooooooooo. Yes, I ate all of them over a few days BUT have no desire for more. I'm finally mastering the art of eating food slowly (albeit drinking the food) and personally think that sweets and chocolate are pretty horrible when consumed slowly. Overcame the challenge. Bye bye, Snickers!!!!!
At this stage I believe my nutrition to be solid. Good quality meat and vegetables at lunch and dinner with tuna and fruit as snacks. I don't follow a 'diet' or set nutrition plan. I rely on intuition and the belief that having a physical, mental and emotional balance is the secret to nutritional success. Just my belief and I'm sticking with it :)
COMPLIANCE SCORING - SUMMARY
|STAGE 1||RECOVERY CYCLE
BETWEEN STAGE 1 AND STAGE 2
PHASE 1 OF TRAINING
- Start with The Tacfit Firefighter Challenge at Recruit Level.
- Complete 7 cycles of Tacfit Fire Fighter at Level 1 (Recruit Level).
|8 Day Average||7.50|
|8 Day Average||7.88|
|8 Day Average||7.75|
|8 Day Average||7.37|
STAGE ONE AVERAGE - 7.62
|Recovery Cycle 1||6||7||9||8|
|Recovery Cycle 2||9||9||6||8|
|Recovery Cycle 3||8||5|
|10 Day Average||7.50|
RECOVERY CYCLE AVERAGE - 7.50
PHASE 2 OF TRAINING
- Start with The Tacfit Firefighter Challenge at Proby Level.
- Complete 7 cycles of Tacfit Fire Fighter at Level 2 (Proby Level).
|8 Day Average||8.62|
|Displaced Days x 4||6||6||6||6|
|Displaced Days x 2||8||8||N/A||N/A|
|Displaced Days x 1||N/A||N/A||6||N/A|
|15 Day Average||7.32|
|Cycle 4 - Mod day then displaced||9||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Displaced Days x 1||N/A||N/A||9||N/A|
|Cycle 4 - no and low then repeated cycle 4||N/A||N/A||8||8|
|Cycle 4 - Repeated||8||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Cycle 4 - Repeated - added extra mod day||8||5||4||4|
|13 Day Average||7.62|
|8 Day Average||7.75|
|Displaced Days x 3||9||9||9||N/A|
|11 Day Average||8.81|
|Displaced Days x 1||9||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|9 Day Average||8.33|
|Displaced Cycle 11 x 3 Days||9||9||4||N/A|
|Displaced Cycle 11 x 1 more day||5||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|12 Day Average||8.66|
|Cycle 14 - Extended by 2 days||7||8||N/A||N/A|
|12 Day Average||8|
|Additional Recovery Day||0||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|8 Day Average||8.75|
|Cycle 18 Displaced. 1 x Mod Day. 1 x No Day. 1 x Low Day||8||N/A||8||8|
|11 Day Average||7.54|
|8 Day Average||7.62|
|8 Day Average||6.87|
STAGE TWO AVERAGE - 7.99
THE COMPLETE TACFIT FIRE FIGHTER: FIRST ALARM COMPLIANCE AVERAGE (STAGE 1 AND 2) - 7.88