Down with the fatness!

I am not sure if you guys have heard Down with the sickness by the Chicago band Disturbed, but it is a great workout song… actually most of their songs have a pretty good pace to exercise to. Actually, now that I think about it… Mr Chimpotle who is trying to be Slimpotle is going to get me some more music soon. I like motivators and music always is for me. Today I got my every couple of months torture e-mail from 43things that reminds me one of my goals is to be able to do 20 Pull ups. My biggest excuse not to get in shape is time, but in reality a lot of it has to do with stress.

I was actually skinny when I was very young. I think up until four years old I was a very picky eater thanks to my Grandmother spoiling me and not making me eat. My Mom fixed that problem all too well and I have been an excellent eater ever since. I now laugh at the notion of me having to take Flintstones vitamins because I was too skinny. I have been chubby from then on, and a couple of times in my life I have gotten to the point that I am now where I can honestly say I feel fat.

30 hit me a lot harder than I though it was going to. I have realized that I have not saved anything for retirement yet and that I need to start building a future with better financial stability. More important than that is my health. I have a history of heart problems from both of my grandfathers and I still carry on this belly that is doing nothing for me but cause me back problems.

It sounds simple right, just quit talking about it and lose the weight. When you come from a family where food is one of the places you draw comfort and love from, its hard to do. If I am depressed about something, I eat, if I am stressed about something, I eat, if I am excited about something, how do I celebrate? you guessed it. I eat.

I know this is all about a lifestyle change, and it has to be done… but how do you quit carbs all at once?

I have been seriously thinking about taking Chimpo’s lead and starting the couch to 5K challenge, but I honestly hate running. Work has been so busy lately that even when I am not physically tired, my brain is in no mood for working out. Tae Kwon Do is has been great for both the mental and physical aspect, but I cannot make it as many times a week as I would like. Then just as I was all pumped to get up early and start working out the whole time change really affected me this time. I cannot go to bed until midnight and I just today was able to get up before the alarm went off (I consistently wake up before the alarm goes of, not sure why I just do).

Being overweight is about self image to so many people, but for me it is mostly for my health. I do not feel like I get the short end of the social stick because I have a few extra pounds. I think it actually made me have a better sense of humor and that has always made me fun to be around. Heck I will even giggle like the Pillsbury dough boy if you poke me… don’t poke though, I do know kung fu.

I guess I don’t really have a point here, I know what to do, I know how to do it… I just need to do it. I thought that maybe getting some of this out of my chest might help me. I guess we’ll wait and see.

12 comments on “Down with the fatness!

  1. Good luck, sir. My brother’s wedding in Jamaica is coming up faster than I want it to. I’m trying to lose weight too, but I gotta do it my way.

  2. Take it slow. with the warmer weather the exersize part should come easier. Just a mile walk every night will help. Take a look at this book.

    It might help you make some substitions which would help. Also there are a lot of recipie books out there on lower fat or lower carb meal. Start substituting a few of these a week. The thing that make me fail always is setting a date and then totally switching my lifestyle.

  3. You just have to find what works for you. I was one who couldn’t stand running. I then realized that it’s a heck of a good way to get into shape. I’m slow, and I don’t go far, but I get it done, and I feel good afterward.

  4. I’m starting to not mind the running so much as I progress through the program…although I am still only on week 2. Do you play basketball at all?

  5. I have played before and do enjoy it if there are people at my brick layup level… looking like one the Senators vs the GT is not fun.

  6. The way I am adding more exercise into my daily routine started out just making myself to a bunch of simple stretches that seemed lame, but I knew I needed to do them. Once I’d been doing that week or so, I naturally wanted to do more because my body was responding so well to the stretching. Then I started adding simple exercises like crunches and pushups. Now I’ve added weighted exercises and squats.

    The best part of the whole process is that it feels completely natural since I’m gradually doing more and gradually WANTING to do more. It’s a lot better than when I tried to loose weight and get in shape by jogging. It worked for a couple of weeks, but I hated it so I stopped.

    Anyway, hope that’s some what helpful.

  7. It took me forever just to learn discipline, and it’s two parts, the eating right (yuck) and the exercise (yuck x2).

    Best of luck, I totally feel your pain!

  8. i hear ya. on health and being in the 30’s. as i am almost 3 years in now. ugh.

    i know my weight (i am curvy as polite women say) has never been a social hindrance for me at all… i know that partly by the extremely hot men that i have had the pleasure of dating (seriously, a runner, a workout nut, and now an extreme fighter)… but at the same time, not being able to just fit in the latest fashions or whatever. its myself that makes it a social thing moreso than anyone else. because it brings me down…

    i have been up and down on weight… i agree with May… what has worked best is slow changes… small changes… that eventually lead to big ones… i did weight watchers on my own (the points!) and casually did some work on the Gazelle (yay tony little! ha ha) and lost mucho weight in a few months.

    but then i fell off the wagon… i come from an italian family… i suspect our eating habits are very similar to your family’s. Mom loves to feed us… we love to eat. :)

    you’ll find something to work for you. you are awesome. Lucky Bea!

  9. Music helps. For my money hard rock and metal is the best to work out to, something with some thud to it. It takes exercise from something I hate to something I just don’t enjoy.

    I always wear my iPod when walking/jogging/running/biking/etc. In fact I got a watertight containment and earphones for the pool (my favorite exercise). Unfortunately it became too much of a hassle to use both in and out of the pool.

  10. I tend to have a lot of Alter Bridge, AC/DC, Sublime and Linkin Park on my MP3 player when I work out. Every once in a while I’ll throw in some rap/hip-hop just to mix it up a bit.

  11. Dude, I am still picturing the Pillsbury Dough Boy in your kung fu uniform and it is making me laugh hard!!

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