Month: December 2017

My Diet – Part 1

I’m on a diet. And given that it’s so late in the year, people ask me “why now?”. Why would I go on a diet right before Christmas and New Years? Isn’t this the time to eat whatever I want? Isn’t this the time to reward myself for all of the healthy eating I’ve done all year? Well, the answer might be yes. But for me, it’s no. And there’s one main reason for that.

I haven’t been eating healthy this year! Actually, I’ve been eating pretty horribly. Doughnut Fridays, pizza every week, cake, and other wastes of energy. Yes, there is energy (calories, etc) in a slice of pizza. But it’s the wrong kind of energy that the body ingests. It’s time to set it right.

To tell you the truth, I have no idea where the inspiration came from. Last week, I seemed to just flip a mental switch and go cold turkey. Once a week, or at least once a week, we have donuts delivered. It’s hard to resist free donuts! This is especially true when the day is just getting started. Maybe our bodies need some sugar to get hyped for the day. Or maybe not, because I feel better. Interesting!

Donuts aren’t the worst part of what my diet was for most of the year. The pizza was pretty bad, although it was delicious. My worst dietary option was probably fast food. Oh, yes. I drive by multiple fast food restaurants on the way home from work. It’s so easy to just stop there and get a bite to eat! Plus, it’s inexpensive! But the problem is, once I go one time, I’ll go another time, and another. Eventually, I’m eating fast food every other day. Over time, it’s an unhealthy lifestyle. For some reason, I changed that. Come by next week to learn more about my diet!

Let’s Get Started

I’m ready for a new beginning. This happens every so often to me. The question is, will I act on it? I’m talking about taking my health seriously. I’m talking about regular exercise. And I’m talking about eating better.

Last night I had pizza for dinner. I had three big slices. In the past month, I’ve eaten pizza around seven or eight times. As a guy from Chicago, even that is a lot. For a period of time, I didn’t eat fast food much. Now, I find myself eating more of it. I think it’s the convenience part of it all. I drive past a fast food place, sometimes hungry. It’s very easy for me to pull over and get a quick bite.

It also doesn’t help that fast food is so cheap. McDonald’s has a great deal. It’s the “2 for $2.50”. Basically, I can get a McDouble cheeseburger and a McChicken sandwich for only $2.50. That’s incredibly cheap. I tell myself that I’m saving money. That’s true! But what is the true cost of my meal? Sure, I might save money. But while my wallet gets bigger, so does my waistline.

I’m not overweight, by any means. But I’m not as in shape as I was 10 years ago. And that’s a problem for me. It’s not a huge problem, no. But as I age, I am realizing more and more the importance of staying fit and healthy. I can’t really imagine myself eating fast food if I’m 70 years old. It might be better for someone in their 30s to eat like that. But if I am to create better habits, they need to start now. Sure, it’s going to be challenging. But I think I’m finally ready for it. I should just ban myself from fast food. Therefore, I won’t overdo it if I decide to stop by!

Aerobic Exercise

There are two main ways to lose weight. The first is eating healthy. The second way to exercise. Neither of these methods is easy! In other words, to lose weight, one must have the right mind to do so. They need to be disciplined and strive on even when things get tough at times. For this post, we will focus on aerobic exercise.

Aerobic exercise literally burns calories. Imagine the thousands of calories we eat each day. Better yet, picture two different people who both weigh 200 pounds. They are both men, the same age, and height. Now, imagine one of them exercises for 30 minutes each day, while the other does not.

Fast forward 6 months! The one who did not exercise is probably the same weight. They might even be a pound or two heavier. On the other hand, take a look at the one who exercised for 30 minutes each day. His pants no longer fit! This is because he lost weight. He may have lost a full 10 pounds. That, and his belt might be a couple belt loops tighter.

It’s really that easy. Except it’s not! Stick with an exercise plan is tough. One day missed turns into two days missed very fast. And then it might turn into three days missed. With exercise, like anything, it’s easy to fall into old habits.

The most important thing about the plan isn’t how many minutes per day to do exercise. The most important thing about the plan is sticking with it. It’s alright to miss a day or two. However, it’s critical to the plan to get back on track when life gets busy. And life does get busy. That’s why skipping a few days here and there should be part of the original plan. If it’s planned that a few days will be skipped, it will be easier to jump right back in.