“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” — Plato
Today I’m telling you my story and how my life has been transformed due to becoming fit.
A little history. Growing up I was active, but not overly involved in athletic team sports. College brought a little less physical activity and more junk food. However, I still remained skinny. Marriage brought better food and more dining out. And a few pounds. After we had our three children, I just seemed to be physically tired alot. And before I knew it, ten years had passed since we had been married, and I was well overweight. I wasn’t superbly overweight, but I had reached 230 lbs (I’m 6’2? tall) and I just generally felt lethargic. Sparked by an upcoming getaway for our ten year anniversary, I finally decided it was time to lose some weight. Of course, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I started by cutting out soda from my diet, and attempting to run (more walk than run). This led to about a 20 lb weight loss over the course of six months. After this, I begin to work more on my diet, and really began to read more about weight loss. The next six months brought another 35 lb weight loss. I was now down to 175 lbs, and thinking I knew it all. In reality I knew very little. In fact, I had lost too much weight, especially muscle. I was still carrying the fat. At this point I really got more into resistance training to supplement the cardio activities I was doing. And I began to compete in 5K races (running) and sprint triathlons (swim/bike/run). Over the last couple of years I have really worked to keep my muscle built up while losing the fat. For me, that works best to include 2-3 sessions of resistance training each week and 1-2 cardio sessions. My weight has evened out and ranges typically somewhere between 185 – 195 lbs. I built a gym in our basement and work out there typically. For most of the programs I have been doing recently, I have followed those created by Alwyn Cosgrove in his New Rules of Lifting book. For more information on Alwyn, check out: http://www.alwyncosgrove.com/
My life has changed immensely since I began my journey to lose weight nearly four years ago. And it can for you to. All it takes is starting. Maybe it means eating more nutritious foods. Or going for a walk every morning. Or joining the local gym. Start with small steps and before you know it you’ll be seeing the change you want in your body (and your life). Feeling better about your body really does roll over into your outlook on life. So begin today. Do something to set yourself on the journey of improving your body and your life!