Update on “GET IN SHAPE”

Last time I talked about exercise I was writing about what is known as the “Summer Slim Down” program. I must say, I’m a little disappointed. It wasn’t the group effort I was hoping for. I haven’t lost any weight but you can tell that I’ve been losing SOMETHING!

I’m not brave enough to put my “progress pictures” up yet, I’m too embarrassed to have any picture of myself up at all. But I have been taking measurements and I am seriously seeing and feeling the effects of working out.

I have currently lost four inches off my waist, an inch and a half off my hips, and gained two on my chest. With a net loss of 3.5inches all together. Now a gain on my chest seems like a bad thing, but in all reality I’ve been focusing on those muscles the most. I believe that gain is actually because of more muscle around my under-arm. My arm muscles have toned up the most I’ve seen them in years.

My leg exercises are the hardest, I do weighted walking lunges around the gym. On top of that I get on an exercise bike, take my Sudoku app out and promise myself not to stop pedaling until I finish a game on ‘hard’. The speed usually averages on 5-7 the entire time. After that’s finished, I go to an inner thigh machine that allows me to do inner thigh squeezes… again until I finish a ‘hard’ problem. My leg muscles are still burning today and did this exercise the day before yesterday.

I’ve also been doing weighted decline crunches with a good fifteen to twenty pounds on my chest.

This is the only burn I want to feel.

Hopefully soon I lose some ACTUAL weight instead of just inches.


Make America Great Again: Get in Shape!

One reason America was great compared to today’s America, people made healthier decisions. It made people gag when someone in a scooter was seen coasting by, with half their belly or back end hanging out of their shirt. Now, with today’s “fat acceptance” it’s becoming harder to call obesity what it is: disgusting and dangerously unhealthy.

I’ll admit at 28 and having had one child, I’m significantly overweight. At 191lbs, I started the Summer Slim Down challenge at my local YMCA hoping to find the encouragement I needed to slim down and shape up. Today, over half of Americans are obese and this is causing large amounts of problems in todays society. Sometimes I wonder, if Obesity were taken out of the picture would we still be having a debate about the American Health system? Maybe it took everyone getting fat to acknowledge there WAS a problem.

As of yet, I have lost 4 1/2lbs in one week, creeping down to 186.4lbs to this day. My goal is 145, and at the rate I’m going it’s completely feasible. 80% of my strategy has been diet and counting my calorie intake, drinking less sugar, and drinking more water. This with the combination of exercise and peer pressure. I’ve been going down the right path so far.

Another thing that’s stopped is being able to acknowledge someone AS fat. I would tell someone, “God I’m fat!”, and they would say, “No, you look fine”. This fat acceptance thing doesn’t help people’s self-esteem. Most people WANT to lose weight, and telling them that they’re fine just the way they are, is keeping them in that state. It’s not supportive, it’s enabling. It crushes any motivation to do something about it and only encourages their behavior.

I’ll admit, I’m NOT that big compared to many in my own age. However, I feel just as big because I know my weight isn’t healthy. I feel depressed because I used to look good and WANT that again. Plus I know that my health would drastically improve if I lost weight. And anyone who thinks I’m taking it too seriously, might want to watch a video on Netflix called “Obesity: post Mortem” perhaps you’ll learn just how serious Obesity is.

I’m willing to Make America Great Again and going against “Fat Acceptance” by getting rid of my extra fat. Are you?