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Upping the Fitness Ante
Upping the Fitness Ante
Despite Shaye and NSA's warm response that they wouldn't change anything about me, there is one thing that has to go...the gut.
For those that remember, or those that check the archives, back in February, my childhood friend Rick died of a heart attack. He was 28, and morbidly obese. His death inspired me to start working out, because although I'm nowhere near as big as he was when he died, I still have no desire to leave this world before I'm due (and even then, I'll get frozen, so I can get brought back, and I'll fuck with people, but that's another story).
I've been working out for five months now, and sadly, there's been little change. I have lost 1 total percent of my body fat (33 to 32), and my stomach muscles are actually tightening in their current form, which makes my pants feel tighter. I'm not getting fatter, but it feels that way.
So today, I decided to take my weight loss plan to the next level. I stopped by the mall and went into a supplement shop. Won't say who, just call it FMB, and tell you to advance one letter. You'll figure it out. I bought some HydroxyCut for weight loss (they advertise 7.9% body fat reduction) and some MegaMen Multivitamins (cause the HC is a diarrhetic, so I need to replenish the vitamins). I am also going to drastically change my diet.
For much of my life, my diet has been weight maintainance. I don't lose weight, but I don't gain any either. The reason my body looks the way it does is due to two large wieght gains in the last 7 years. The first was because I spent my senior year of high school going, "Ding, fries are done. Ding, fries are done. I gotta run. I gotta run. Would you like an apple pie with that?" (10 for the reference). I got food discounts, and with my schedule (4-8 every night), eating their food was the only way I got dinner. I gained 60 pounds in one year. The second was my college years, specifically the first three weeks each year. Dorm food buffet style. Some people get "The Freshman 15," I got it every year. Once my body got used to the food intake, I leveled out. When I started the job in 1999, I weighed 186. When I started at the gym in 2006, I weighed 273.
So at this point, weight mainainance isn't going to cut it. Starting today, no more fried foods (I may allow for one meal every two weeks). No more fast food (except for Sub Sandwiches, and maybe pizza once a month). I take my HC and MM with lunch everyday, and I'll have a salad or something after work. This works, because due to my work schedule, lunch has to be my biggest meal of the day, and I'll have more time to burn it off. Working till 9 or 10 at night doesn't leave room for a hefty dinner, so a salad, cereal, yogurt, or applesauce will take care of whatever else I need nutrition wise for the day. Don't worry, I'll still bring a hearty appetite to the next M&G.
This should help speed the process along. Also, my gym buddy (who looks an awful lot like Danny Bonaduce's good twin) has given me some good ideas for some workouts outside the gym. I also need to find a pool. I wasn't joking on the last post, I really do want to do some swimming. I'm in my element in the water. I can swim, dive, or do some boxing calisthenics in the water. The resistence of the water makes for stronger arm and leg movements, but it's also so light that you don't feel as if you've done anything until after you leave the pool, and find that your arms are moving much faster than before.
So here's to a healthy summer, and to me getting even sexier for you ladies.
7/3/2006 8:20 pm
The only recommendation I would make with regards to your diet is not to make it too drastic. So much of successful weight loss is the creation and retention of good habits over time. If you do something drastic, it won't work because you'll be craving pizza and beer every moment of every day (okay, I would but that's my vice). Eventually, you'll break down and binge; then the guilt of binging will bring you to despair and you'll give the plan up as hopeless. Try to make your transitions gradual, as if you were starting a new exercise routine and if you slip up, don't get down on yourself. Get back on the wagon. |
Swimming is great but so is cycling, if you have a bike. I run but that's really terrible on your joints therefore I don't recommend it as a long term activity unless you cross-train. Good luck with it!