You know, dimwitted as he is, Pat might be on to something there. Like most overweight people, I know what it is that I need to do, it’s just a matter of actually sticking to it. And a little bit of shame might be just what I need to keep me on track. After all that’s what it’s all about… accountability. That’s lost in our society nowadays. But that’s another rant, or another website.
I, too, have been having some success in the weight loss arena. I’m down to 265 from 290, and that includes 15 pounds lost over the dreaded holidays. Losing weight over the holidays is a total mind melt. Now I started my efforts again and lost another 10 pounds since Jan 1.
Basically what I’ve found is that I have to keep it fun. Machines and gyms, and the lines that go with them, are about the furthest thing from fun that I can think of. And that goes double for starvation diets.
As Pat said, weightlifting and cardio at the gym is not a bad thing, but it’s something that didn’t work for me. There are two reasons for that:
(1) I felt like I was not part of anything. I was aimlessly doing this crap like a gerbil on a wheel. It’s basically the rat race in the gym and….
(2) It wasn’t fun for me.
Now that I am 40 years old I’ve taken on a new mindset:
If it’s not fun you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Here’s my plan:
Let’s start with eating. I tried it all. Shakes in the morning, protein supplements, weight loss supplements and culinary sadism (aka the Atkins Diet).
I have also been in and out of the zone and all around the zone. I’ve tried all the biggest loser stuff, and wound up being the biggest gainer.
Now it’s okay to go with all those plans, but it needs to work for you, not for the person selling it to you.
Here’s what it comes down to:
I think eating is largely a matter of timing. If you time your meals right you won’t be hungry, you’ll be able to maintain your energy levels, assimilate what your body needs, and get rid of what it doesn’t. That’s why I’ll be using Harvey and Marilyn Diamond’s Fit for Life.
And now on to exercise…..
As I mentioned above, I’m also tired of kidding myself that I actually enjoy repetitive exercise. Cardio machines are something akin to torture, and weight lifting just kills my joints. The only thing worse than being a fat man is being a fat man with torn up joints.
I want to be in great shape. Not good shape.
So… Why can’t I get into shape while having fun and learning a new skill? MMA fighting is the exercise for me. Those fighters are in the best shape, they are true athletes. I figured why not?
So… I joined The Phalynx gym in Toms River and I am now taking Muay Thai kickboxing classes. This fills the need of being a part of something and having fun. Also, I’m held accountable for what I do there and that’s invaluable when it comes to motivation.
Also, it feels more like I’m playing than a laborious chore. And maybe I’ll get to kick Pat’s ass literally and figuratively. I plan to go 2 – 3 nights a week.
To complement the kick boxing, I’ll work out 3-4 times a week using EA active. It’s basically the Wii fit, but with tougher work outs that, while still fun, don’t feel like kid’s games. The exercises are squat and lunge centric, so it’s great for functionality.