I’m not an expert in physical fitness but I’m exactly the same weight I was in High School 35 years ago— and back then I played football and rode a bike so I was in shape. I use a few simple tricks to make it work;
1- Never Buy Bigger Pants; Most people laugh when I suggest this, but it really works. If you refuse to accept the bulge overflowing your belt when those same pants are tight you jam them on and you spend the next few weeks eating dry salad and getting a lot of walking in. When those pants start to feel tight it’s time to right the ship.
2- Park Far Away and Walk When You Can; I usually park a few parking lots away from wherever I’m going. For example, I often eat lunch at Lucky’s on Grove Street which is a few doors down from The Fix. There is a parking lot across the street, I don’t use it. I park over by WPI usually near the Bean Counter and I walk the distance of about a 1/4 mile or so— maybe a bit further. The walk after lunch is very pleasant too.
3- I drink a LOT of water; A lot of it. No kidding. I refuse to drink diet soda’s and I don’t like the calories in regular soda so that’s out. I don’t like beer so that’s an easy pass. Water is the best choice and none of us drink enough of it.
4- I weigh myself every morning. I set goals the night before— for example if I know we’re going for Pizza on Saturday night I’ll decide I have to weigh in at 179.0 if I’m going to go. If that Monday before I hit the scale and it tells me I’m 184.0 I know I’m going to have some work to do. If on Saturday morning that scale doesn’t read the magical 179.0 then I pass on pizza and I get a salad. Maybe it’s nowhere near as good as the pizza and watching my dining companions enjoy it certainly doesn’t help— but I KNOW I can have pizza some other time. This is not my last chance to have it.
5- I track my fitness. I tried NOOM which is all the rage right now, I used it for the 14 day free trial—it’s a good app— it not only allows you to track things it gives you dietary lessons as you go. It’s a nice way to get your mindset straight and understand what it is you’re doing wrong. I enter in everything I eat thru my meal tracker program on MyFitnessPal which is a free app put out by Under Armor. This really makes me think about eating something and it also lets me know when I’m eating too much of one food or another.
6- I avoid fad diets. I tried the Cavemen diet— you cut out all bread and carbs and I can tell you with certainty you WILL lose weight fast. I find you don’t keep it off because I love bread and I love pasta. Life without either just doesn’t work for me. While I did the diet I ate nothing but meat and I never thought I’d get tired of steak but I did.
7- Workout for at least 20 mins a day. Weights, situps, a brisk run on the treadmill. Exercise is important, find one you like and stick with it.
Stay positive, stay with it and be nice to yourself and you’ll see results.