You know those Men’s Fitness and Health Magazines that always promise getting a six-pack within a week with some simple move? Or some specific eating plan? If you haven’t figured it out already, it’s all bull-shit.
Getting a six-pack is HARD. Like, really hard. It’s a physical undertaking like no other, especially when you start off as an overweight 30-something. Where catch your figure in one of the mirrors in the house and think… “What the fuck have I become?” “How the hell did I let THAT happen?”
So when starting out, I needed a goal and I don’t like to beat around the bush. I didn’t want to “lose weight” or “get more toned” … I wanted a freakin’ six-pack. I still don’t have it. I’m 2
months in, feeling much better than I’ve ever felt but still… No six pack. It’s going to take more hard work and commitment but it’s getting so much easier.
I’ve realised the hardest part was starting out. Getting over the first hurdles and creating a sustainable habit and not giving up on it. The exercise and eating better thing is actually pretty easy once you’re already into it. The hard part is getting your ass up early, getting your ass out the door, preparing all the healthy “meals” you’re gonna have to eat.
On the diet, though… I’ve noticed something incredible. Right now I’m on veggies and various protein (chicken, lamb, steak, etc.) and complex carbs (stuff with lots of fibre). I used to be (and probably still am) a lover of fried chips and double burgers gooey with cheese and overloaded oven-baked pizza. Anyway, after I’ve switched to eating healthier… My cravings for these things have diminished and disappeared altogether. I’ve tried having some chips since and it’s made me feel disgusted, bloated, oily and slow. I didn’t see that coming.
Now burgers and pizza’s as cheat meals are still on the list (no doubt) but now… They have to be of the highest standard before I can contemplate eating them above my current diet. They have to blow my mind. Because I just know that if it is anything less, it’s going to make me feel like shit and there’s just no benefit. You know that feeling you get when you have an absolutely awesome burger or pizza or whatever. That feeling has to be there EVERYTIME I have one of those things. Otherwise I won’t get past a bite.
The other thing I’ve realised is that I’ve only gotten this far because I’d started small. Began by cutting down sugar, staying away from fried chips, switched my oil to olive oil. Then switched my carbs to complex, and then decreased them.
So that’s my epiphany so far. Physically, I’m judging my progress by how much fat’s around my waist when I sit down… I think we all know that one. Stand up and you can hardly see anything. Sit down and there’s an ocean of fat around your middle.
The mindset change needs to go from eating all the awesome fatty, sweet, delicious things as normal and eating a salad now and then to eating healthy all the time and having something high quality which you really love “now and then”.
In terms of routine, until I reach my goal, it’s exercise (strength an cardio) 5 times a week, and then after that bring it down to 3 times a week. Once again, starting out is hard, but once it becomes a habit (about 3-4 weeks) you can’t see how you could be doing anything else. Your goals suddenly seem reachable.
The other things is, you need to do all this with someone. Particularly someone who will hold you accountable and push you. Doing all this on my own would’ve been impossible.
When you’re in it for a while and only seeing small progress, look back at how far you’ve come instead of how far is left to go.
So that’s all my thoughts on the subject so far. No doubt though, I am NOT going to stop until I get there and keep it there.