Sometimes, all it takes is a friendly heart to heart with friends or family for you to really start putting things into perspective. For example, a couple of weeks ago, I was with a couple of friends when an interesting conversation arose among us while devouring some delicious Popeye’s chicken.
Ian however, a long-time friend of mine, was not participating in the feast and for good reason. “Look at you savages” he said while fixing himself a small chicken garden salad. We all laughed and couldn’t help to throw a few jabs at him about his clean eating habits.
Ian is slightly bigger and often told me how tough it is to not only lose weight, but to keep the weight off. So, me being the friend that I am (kicking people while they are down), started to gloat about how I do ZERO exercise, all while vegging on the couch eating fried chicken and drinking soda. I didn’t even bring up my addiction to sweets.
It’s at that moment that I gave Ian all the ammo he needed to strike back…only he did it with common sense, calm and ample sarcasm. He asked me this simple question: “If you feel so healthy and in shape now, what would happen if you actually ate healthy and exercised regularly? What if you put all your efforts into trying to live longer?” Yup, that was quite the left blow. I didn’t see it coming.
See what you should understand is that I am very much a “smartass”, and putting me in my place is quite difficult to do. But for his questions, at that moment, I had absolutely no rebuttal…NOT A THING.
That conversation leads us to the present. For the first time in my life, I’ve decided to take serious strides at being healthy. I’ve started a new workout regimen and diet. For the next 6 months. I want to challenge myself to eat better, sleep better and to be consistent with my workouts. Weekly, I will keep you posted of my nutrition (I will be tracking with Myfitness Pal) and I will log all of my exercises using Fitbit. I personally use the Fitbit Blaze as it has workouts integrated within the Fitbit that are easy to follow. It’s great for the days when you can’t access a gym and need to get a quick workout done. My goal here is not to become the next Zyzz (R.I.P., I first read about him in this interview on Simply Shredded’s website), but to show my readers that with dedication, perseverance and discipline, things can always change for the better.
I will be posting blogs regularly for those who would like to follow me and give me advice. I will also post pics on Pinterest of my meals, gyms, workouts, or anything that will promote fitness. As for my workouts, I will be mixing it up. I plan on doing full body calisthenics, use the Bowflex I’ve just purchased using my flex dollars from work (if you have that option in your employee benefits, it’s totally worth it) or using free weights. I will do 3 workouts a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) with Cardio sessions (SworkIt app) on alternate days. Sunday will be my rest day. No performance enhancers will be used. I will however use Whey Protein and things of that nature.
**I currently use Six Star, but if anyone has better suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments.
For those of you that are curious, here are my current stats: Height: 5”9, Weight: 157.9lbs BF%: 16.3 (as per Aria Fitbit scale). I will have another blog soon detailing the type of diet I will follow. I know myself well, so my eating habits will have to change gradually if I have any chance at this.
That’s about it for now. I will be touching base next week and hopefully I haven’t given up by then. Please leave comments or suggestions below and if you are on a new fitness journey, let it be known.
Healthy New Year everybody!!!