How To Lose Weight

Let’s just say my first physical since high school twelve years ago was not as successful as I wanted it to be.  And the hernia check was still as awkward as I remembered.  Guys, you know what I am talking about…  I do not have allergies, I do not take medication, I do not smoke, I eat fairly healthy, yadi yada.  What I do not do is exercise enough or eat as healthy as I could.

The doctor told me they were calculating obesity by body mass index (BMI).  Quickly I learned where I stood on this calculated scale and that I needed to take action.  Being the tech-driven dork I am, I searched through the App Store to find something to help me stay accountable for my goals.  What I found was MyFitnessPal.  You may have a better solution, but I found this app to be extremely helpful.

I am on day two of my journey to lose 30 pounds. I do not set out to be an inspiration for anyone this is more of a personal goal. If you want inspiration, watch The Weight of the Nation on HBO.

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Well I started my workout again, but didn’t do anything just told myself I’ll get started with my plan tomorrow or Monday. Isn’t that how it always works? First you have the idea that you are going to get on track with getting in shape and being able to at least run a mile without stopping to walk because you are out of breath. You even pack your bag with the clothes you plan to wear at the gym and take them to the office with you so you don’t have to stop by the house because if you do, you know you are going to get comfortable and open a beer or have a glass of wine to swallow the day. You might even get halfway through the day with the idea that you are still going to the gym. Then all hell breaks loose…

Something clicks in your brain that causes you to blow off the gym, drink a half-case of Bud Light (because light beer is better on your body than the full flavor Budweiser), and eat 24 wings and some pizza. I’ve been doing this for a little over two years now and the funny thing about it is that it’s not the working out part that is the hard part. The hard part is getting to the gym! Once you are there, you can simply walk, get on the elliptical, heck, even shoot some hoop!

Today is the day I push myself to go. Set a schedule that is convenient for work and family and stick to it. With that said, I guess I will have an update for you next week…

It’s Diet Thirty

Nobody likes to, but everybody needs to in some form or another. Diets are probably the worst thing I have ever had to deal with after I started drinking beer. When I was in high school it was no problem for me to go through the lunch line with a couple of pizzas, a cheeseburger, and two orders of fries. If I ate like that now I would have to be rushed to the hospital. Now I’m not saying that I am a big person by any means, but the fact of the matter is I wouldn’t win the swimsuit competition.

It’s diet thirty, time to get the excess 15-20 pounds moved around somewhere other than my stomach and run a mile in under 7 minutes. If you think back, you can probably remember the diets you have had in the past, the figure you want to get back to you saw in a recent picture album you were thumbing through, so do it. I remember a diet I was on one time that I was eating so much chicken I could have sworn I was bwawkin, or however you spell the sound that a chicken makes. I ate so much broccoli, my pee changed color!

Diets are not about simply starving yourself to death, you can actually gain more weight by doing that. You have to eat the right amount of proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whatever you Google the “experts” say you should eat. You also have to add in a little bit of exercise, which leads me to my next point…