The Struggle is Real

So, I’m making it officially official. I’m doing whatever it takes to improve my health. Notice I didn’t say “lose weight” although that is a big part of it. I’ve grappled with weight my entire life. For a short period around my Senior year I was down around 168 lbs. I remember working out some, but not a huge amount. I did Martial Arts classes 2 or 3 times a week and cut out fast food. I also remember eating a ton of grilled chicken. It don’t remember it being difficult then and I lost around 30 lbs.

So Now What?

Well, life happened. I stopped giving a shit and at my heaviest was in the 280 rage. Then, single life happened, involuntary. I started going to the gym, looking at the many diet options out there and trying to find what worked for me. Low Carb of some sort seems to be what I respond to. I was able to get down around 240 and have floated in that rage over the years. My target goal is 199 and I’ve started that journey twice over the last 2 years. Last year I was going strong and my mom passed away unexpectedly at the end of March. Grief, stress and a lack of eating had me for a blink at 228, but I started the year at 245.

New Year New Me!

Yeah, we all say it. I decided to get back on the horse and …..pandemic. But it’s ok. I also said this wasn’t just about weight loss and it’s not. It’s about flexibility, developing and training other skills in martial arts and just being more athletic. Trying to be the best version of myself, as that is really the only thing I care about. It sets the example for my children. I never met my grandfather as he passed away in his 50s from a heart attack. My mother, his daughter, tragically suffered the same fate at 67, a widow maker.

What I’m Doing About It

Well, exercise-wise I’ve been following a new BeachBody On-Demand program called 10 rounds. 5 days a week. 3 boxing, 2 lifting. I don’t buy into the coaching, the Shakeology or the MLM of BeachBody, but their On-Demand is cheap and has a bunch of great programs. I also try and stretch once a day before bed. General stretching and those more geared to martial arts. I have time periods carved out for doing Kali or fine tuning forms or just free flow martial arts training with my kids. We also go for a walk every day, about a mile round trip.

My diet, I’m working on it. I’ve not become obsessed to where I’m measuring things out juuussst yet. I’m keeping carbs pretty low, watching portions and I don’t drink sugary things. We’ll see how this goes, the end of the week will conclude week 3 of 6 of 10 rounds and I’ll weigh in from there. I keep an eye on weight, but I don’t obsess about it. It’s only one metric and that’s important to remember.

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