My Journey To Physical Fitness

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My Journey To Physical Fitness

At five feet, four inches, and 386 pounds, I was not the picture of health or fitness. Sure, I had had four children over eleven years, and gained plenty of weight with each, but that wasn’t my only problem. I also ate way too much, and exercised way too little. Plain and simple. I knew my life was in danger if I didn’t get my weight under control, and get more physically fit. Below, you will find the plan I used to lose 140 pounds over a two-year period.

The Mindset

Tip: Doing some simple push-ups can help you get your triceps in shape. Normal, style pushups don’t really target your triceps.

After you have been in the habit of slothful eating and living for over ten years, it takes a new mindset before you can commit to making necessary changes. I decided what needed to be done, and over the following week, I prepared mentally for what I was about to embark on. I studied nutrition, planned a new way of eating, prepared my kitchen by throwing out the old, and bringing in the new. When I was done, I felt excited about what lay ahead.

Exercise Essentials


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Tip: Try different types of fitness classes to keep yourself excited and motivated. When you change things up a bit, you make it easier to stay engaged and excited about your fitness goals.

After doing some research about fitness and exercise, I agreed that walking would be a good starting point for someone as heavy as I was. At first, I could barely trudge down the street in my neighborhood, but after a week, I was able to walk, if slowly, all the way around the block. This was a huge accomplishment for me!

Eating to Live

Tip: Try testing out a bench before you work out with it. Check the padding on the bench by putting pressure on the seat with your thumb.

I had to get to a place in my life where I could eat to live, and not live to eat. Yes, it’s a cliche we’ve all heard many times, but it is the truth. I had been living each day, planning what I would eat next, choosing what sweets I would save for the end of the day, and eating fast food whenever I wanted. I would now try my best to eat in order to stay alive. Of course I would eat food I enjoyed, but only what my body needed, and no more.

My Personal Food Plan

Tip: You should count down backwards from the maximum. Instead of counting towards your desired number of repetitions, start at the end and work backwards.

I think we can all agree that diets don’t work. Most of us have fallen for the fad diet schemes, omitting entire food groups, such as carbs and fats. I wanted a well-rounded diet that would make me healthier, while providing my body with proper nutrition. After some searching, I decided that a Mediterranean-style diet sounded like something I could stick to. My version included a very large amount of veggies and salads. I roasted every vegetable I could find. I ate a moderate amount of fruit, small amounts of lean protein and fish and replaced a lot of my protein with beans, lentils, and other legumes. For snacks, I ate small amounts of nuts, seeds and fat-free Greek yogurt with berries. I began to lose weight immediately.

Expanding the Workout Routine

Tip: Instead of just jumping into a workout routine for your arms, take a moment to figure out what you want to accomplish. To build additional muscle, work on lifting heavier amounts so that your body works harder.

After about two months, I had lost about thirty pounds. Then, I was able to begin working out at a local gym, using the cardio machines, and lifting some weights. I was starting to firm up in places I couldn’t believe.

My Continuing Journey

I am not done with my journey. I still need to lose another hundred pounds or so. It may sound daunting to others, but to me, it’s just living life in a new way, feeling better and losing weight as a result of that. I know it will happen!

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