Why spend the time to schedule out exercise and diet? You will find that the results will totally be worth it. You’ll end up with a metabolism like never before and you’ll be in the best shape of your life. 30 minutes of exercise 3 days a week can go a long way, trust me. And just like it is in all aspects of our life, let nothing get in the way of your very own personal success. Cherish the personal victories and rebound from defeats. You can do it, and I know this.
5/27 Weigh-in: 196 lbs (Thank you, metabolism of mine!)
Ever weight yourself the next day after what you thought was a great workout out, only to find that you haven’t lost any weight or you’ve even GAINED weight (forgive the trailing sentence there)? I think this happens to everyone who follows a fitness routine. Don’t beat yourself up over it. As long as you knwo that you’re doing what’s beneficial for your body, that’s all that matters. If you know that the steps you’re taking are making you feel better physically and mentally, then stay on that positivity. That way, when it’s time for your next workout, you’ll be able to push harder. Keep working towards that goal of a more fit you and don’t let certain perceptions stop you. Stay healthy my friends.
6/10 Weigh-in: 194 lbs
Keep pushing forward. Silence that voice in your head that’s saying “I can’t do this”. Yes you can. You CAN. As long as it’s something beneficial for you (physical, mental, and MOST IMPORTANTLY SPIRITUALLY), YOU CAN DO IT.
You got this. Handle yours and don’t let anyone with their doubts, disses, and negative talk stop you.
6/29 Weigh-in: 192 lbs
"HERE I AM! ROCK ME LIKE A HURRICANE!!!"
That’s how I always feel like, pre-workout. I clear my mind and attempt to make myself unstoppable. No matter how hard it gets, I push through as hard as I can each and every time. That’s how you have to do it sometimes, no matter you may be facing. No matter what hardship gets up in your face, you have to fight hard with all your might. When you succeed in the end, the taste of victory is like no other.
7/2 Weigh-in: 192 lbs
Not to toot my own horn, but as of late people have been noticing my considable reduction in weight in size. They ask me how I do it, and I explain that it’s a simple balance of exercise along with proper diet. Some will say, “I wish I could do it.” But really, there’s no wishing to it. I used to wish it as well back when I was still 228 lbs. But then I would come up with excuses.
"I’ll wait until I can afford a gym membership."
"My body can’t handle tough exercise."
"It’s too expensive to be healthy."
"It’s going to take too long to see results."
"I’m going to end up giving up."
As you can see, it was nothing but excuses and self-doubt. A whole lot of it. And oh man, the low self confidence whenever i’d look at my body, astronomical. That didn’t help me at all. So whenever I would almost get up and do it, i’d sit back down. I would be back to wishing for better health, for better fitness. But at one point, earlier last year, I finally came to the conclusion that I was making too many excuses for myself. I decided it was time to do something about it. So I got up, and I did it. I started exercising like I had never before, way harder than even PE in school.
Now i’m not going to lie, the first week was brutal. I felt like I had gotten absolutely beaten up all over my body. But I kept going, focusing hard to mute out the pain and the small voice in my head saying “this is too much for me”. Each day I would push as hard as my body would let me. I have to admit that there was a good month of stagnant activity, but I slowly pushed myself back into a physical program. Slowly, I also started to change my eating habits as well. I would even be further inspired by stories online of people battling against obesity, diabetes, and just being generally overweight… and winning those battles. Most importantly, my faith in Jehovah and a spiritual regimen gave me even more added strength of mind.
Now, it has been a year and 7 months since I started my journey to a healthier me. I’m in the best shape that i’ve ever been, (not even in my teenage years was I this fit!) I am super-careful about what I eat, and I feel stronger. Some may think that my journey was a quick and easy one, but as you can see it definitely fillled with challenges. No, getting fit is not easy, and there will be things that seem like roadblocks. But it you want to get fit, you have to stop making excuses. You just have to do it and get rid of all mental doubts, because really that’s all that’s stopping you. Your body was made to be a fitness engine, but you have to get it started yourself. It comes down to the simple matter of choosing fitness or choosing a sedentary lifestyle that will lead to many many complications later on. Even if you are sedentary now, even if you are obese, are prone to sickness, or have diabetes, you CAN REVERSE YOUR SITUATION AND YOU CAN GET IN THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE. PERIOD.
You don’t need a gym membership. Jogging, push-ups, sit-ups, shadow boxing, dancing your heart out, all of that is free and you can do that at home. You will be sore at first, but your body will get stronger and stronger and soon that will be a minor factor. You don’t have to shop at Whole Foods to eat healthy. Basic vegetables and meats can be easily had at your local Safeway or Food 4 Less or whatever grocery store. With patience, you WILL see results as long as you stay positive. When you put this all together, you will NOT want to give up. You will have the mental frame to keep on going and to not stop. I promise you that.
What it boils down to is this: Anyone can be in the best shape they’ve ever been. It’s just a matter of finally letting go all the excuses… and doing it.
I have said little about my fitness in a very long time, so I thought I drop a small note. Still working out on my Monday-Wednesday-Friday, though my eating habits have changed drastically as of the past 11 days. 11 days ago I went cold turkey, completely cutting out sweets, bread (white AND whole wheat), fried foods, heavy & starchy carbs, and even meat for the most part. That’s right, I primarily have been surviving off a vegetarian diet (though I am admittedly open to pesce-pollotarian diet as well). I’ve supplemented this with fresh juices, a daily double intake of green super food (http://amazinggrass.com/category/16/Green-SuperFood.html), as well as a daily intake of high fiber (http://www.barndadnutrition.com/ultra-fiber-dx/).
Off the bat, I am not on a “diet”. Many “diets” are more or less built to fail, right from the get go. Really, it’s all about knowing what you eat and knowing what’s best for your body. For me, this way of eating seems to be working out, coupled with my exercise regimen. My last post that mentioned a weigh-in was July 2011. At that time I was 187 lbs. Since then, my weight has teeter-tottered around there and at the lowest, 184 lbs. My latest efforts is an attempt to finally get rid of the stubborn fat I have left. Is it working? Well, I sure hope so. I’ve only begun to fight.
3/31 Weigh-in: 178 lbs
So for any that cares to know, that’s where i’m at. Thanks for reading!
A goal, reached.
Getting to where i’m at right now reminds me that nothing is impossible. Work hard towards what you want to see in your life, and keep following a righteous path all the while. You will get the support you need from friends, family, your own self, and a God whom loves you very much. Always stay dedicated to the good and never give up or give in. You can do it.
Goal Weight Reached: 170 lbs
And I will keep working hard, I promise.
Through continued extensive training and maintaining a proper diet, i’ve managed to drop my weight down to 166lbs and I now comfortably (not snuggly) fit into size 32 pants! This is awesome, I feel great today. I’m gonna keep working hard to maintain my level of fitness. If I can do it, you can do it!