Started the topic with a podcast to help sooth my soul. This is what happened.
Well it’s hard if you live in America. For Three or four months I slaved away at the gym to stop the buttons from popping off of my 36 inch pants. After some time had passed, little progress had been made.
The reason was simple, I was eating the same as I always had, the American diet. It’s funny cause I can hide some serious food too.
I was lifting weights, (Which makes you want to eat more), and doing cardio at least three days a week.
Now, my schedule is unlike most. (Rick Ross Everyday I’m Hustling). I am basically a seven day a week guy, every single day of the week there is a predetermined time slot for various responsibilities, but I was able to get the workouts in. It was not until I started to use LEAN Cusine as my meal plan that the weight started to roll off. I dropped about 15 pounds.
Then it happened, I switched jobs. For about two months I did not work out and the diet went to shit. Needless to say I gained 11+ pounds back, compounding the fact then holiday season of 2010 hit with Turkey, Christmas parties and etc.
Now I am a little pissed , cause I fell off the wagon. In the last month I realized how dam hard it is to eat health in this wonderful country of America.
No More Damit!
I am going to get back to my 5~6 meals a day of no more than 260 calories per meal, and try my best to workout at least 3x per week.
I really wish I could stick to the P90x routing, but finding the time is a trick within itself.
Last week I looked at some pictures of myself taken at a party and thought ” Is my face really getting that round?” The answer: Yes it is.
At 44 years old I don’t want to be in the 90th fat percentile.
The thing is we have to do it by any means necessary. Because fat makes you look and feel older than you actually are, and I don’t want to age quicker than I have to. Shoot, from the age of 25 to now seems like a blurr, and I am closer to 100 than I will ever be to 25 again.
Do what you have to, buy a scale, push back from the table, buy smaller plates, jog in place during your favorite sitcom or reality show. Just get it Done. I know I will.
Be Bless, live simply.
There is nothing in this world that will draw attention like the shape of a woman. I can make this statement cause men watch women and women check out other women. The world is filled with the feminine power. If you think about all the female celebrities that people talk about the most, they all have one particular thing in common. A dynamic feminine physical shape, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Halle Berry or Shakira you name it the list goes on forever. They all have one thing in common, the shape of their bodies. In particular the ratio from their Shoulders/Waist/Hips, is what snaps the heads of men and women in their presence.
It is not much different for men, just a little more acceptable for men to carry more body fat, ( why I don’t know). There are a great deal of overweight and obese men plodding around these days. I am sick of my own excess fat content, and I am doing something about it. It actually requires thought, willpower, and research. YEP, my body has changed over the years and now I realize my metabolism is not what it was when I was 18 and could consume 4000 calories and lose weight. ( true statement)
It’s not about losing the belly fat, it’s about the overall content. The belly and waist are where fat manifest the most.
I visit the gym (Ballys) often and understand the plateaus of working out. Compounded with water retention, and other factors obtaining optimum or good shape of the body can be challenging. Most of us would not worry about our weight if it were proportioned in a certain method, but things do work out like we want them to.
I hear this statement all the time, ” If I could just shape my stomach up and fit in that outfit I bought I would be happy.”
I have been working out like a fiend and making very good progress, but the mid section is my plague. I know for women it is exceptionally hard to loose body fat. This is especially true with the quality of readily available food in the United states, but I digress.
I have realized that the shape of a woman ( From my perspective as a man) is not so cut and dry. Line up 1000 people and no two will have the exact same shape. Media and retail try to sell us a bill of goods ( No Lie it’s all about profit). Many people buy into the fat skinny ideology. I don’t to a certain degree. I clearly understand some people are made to carry more body fat from a genetic standpoint.
Having stated some of my case, there are a great deal of women and men who are carrying too much body fat which is not healthy or required. When we were in school gym class was there for a reason, to prevent us from being obese.
I can really dig a “THICK” woman, but not a “Fat” woman. Women typically are naturally predestined to hold a certain percent of body fat for metabolic and reproductive reason. The problem is women thinking that more than 33 % of their body weight is healthy. That is just fat.
Here is what I am talking about. If you are down to almost no body fat at 120 lbs and you add 30% that would put you about 155~160lbs. No Good. Picture what 5″5′ at 160 looks like.
I had this issue recently, I topped the scale at ( 6 foot) 210 lbs give or take 5 lbs. I remember weighing 185 and being toned. I set about cutting the unnecessary calories ( lean cuisine for lunch for me) , and began my adult gym class three days a week for a minimum of 60 minutes per session. Then I began to see the fat decrease.
Let’s face facts if you live in America the healthy food choices SUCK. It is too easy to eat food filled with inappropriate content. I now have to make conscious choices of the food I ingest to maintain a certain physical body quality. With the advent of us relying on active transportation instead of our bodies to get from point A to B we burn less energy, therefore accumulate body fat.
Remember, there is pain through the journey of growth. SO Start your exercise plan today, walk for 45 minutes 3x a week to start. Lose that belly and live better.
Get active, live healthy.