Hey guy, Here’s what I did. I want to preface this by saying what worked for me may or may not work for others, as everyone is different.
3 months ago (December)
Now (March 4th)
In October, I started going to the gym every day. EVERY day. No skipping. My goal was to make it one solid month working out (I had never been a very physical person before this). The reason behind this was to make working out an everyday part of my life so I expected to do it every day. It was not easy at first, but I made myself stick to it. I alternated days of cardio (30 min to 1 hour, depending on time available, all walking on the treadmill). On the other days, I did circuit training to help lose weight, build endurance, and get some basic muscle tone (I had none). After the first month, I did was very happy with the progress and did the same program for 2 more months through December. I also began to add jogging to the treadmill, starting with 1 minute at 6 mph, gradually increasing the time. I was so happy when I could finally do a 10 minute mile. My personal best is 20 minutes of uninterrupted running, something that would have been impossible for me just 3 months before.
In January, I started weight-lifting instead of circuit training. Full body weight lifting, followed by protein supplements (protein shake). In February, I added a Creatine supplement that helps you recover and build faster.
As far as food goes, I didn’t really change my eating habits drastically. I limit my sodas, and when I drink sodas, I drink regular. Diet sodas are HORRIBLE for you…there’s lots of literature out there, but basically if you want to control your eating cravings, drop the diet soda. They send your body into shock. I mainly drink water, unsweetened tea (a blasphemy for a true southerner like myself), juices, and milk. I still eat whatever I want to, I just try to limit the portions. Do some research on how big the human stomach is. You will be surprised at how small it actually is. I had to learn that what I thought of as “satisfied” was actually “stuffed.” I used to have really bad indigestion/acid reflux, but what was really happening was I was just stuffing myself, almost to the point of being sick. Now, I keep in mind the size of my stomach and I try to only eat that much volume, but I don’t give a lot of thought to WHAT I’m eating. I think this helps me out, as I get the foods I crave (Hot Wings, anyone?).
That’s what I’ve done so far, and its worked out great for me. But, what anyone decides to do will really just depend on their goals. If anyone ever needs any more advice or just encouragement, please feel free to write. The big thing is to TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. If you’re unhappy with some aspect of your life, change it, whether it be eating/exercise habits, your job, an unhealthy relationship, or whatever. Take control of your life and be happy. That’s all any of us can ultimately hope for.
Grr, Woof, N’ Stuff.