I’ve started this blog in the interest of sharing and promoting discussion on the latest health and fitness news and discoveries. Quite often new research leads to facts and strong theories that are major upgrades to the Conventional Wisdom espoused throughout the years by government and health agencies, but these extremely important discoveries do not get the recognition they deserve, if any at all.
Please note this will be an ongoing project. I currently have the blog set to private as I figure out what I’m doing and learn the ropes. You should be able to share it with any friends and family you would like to, I think the blog is just not appearing on search engines for now. Please do not hesitate to offer suggestions or contributions of any type including content and the blog in general.
To provide a little background about me, I’ve been interested in health and fitness steadily more over the last few years, as I’ve been overweight and out of shape most of my life. I’ve tried a number of diets and exercise regimens over the years, and never really stuck with any of them longer than a few weeks. This is due to a number of factors including laziness, apathy, ambivalence on my part, as well as factors such as injury, environment, and living situations. Essentially, most the time I made excuses or ignored the problems, and when I did try to do something, other situations would interrupt me and I’d start the cycle over again.
This past year I resolved to change this, and it has been a slow process with ups and downs, but relatively successful. I feel progress reflected in my personal resolve, as well as actions such as creating this blog, and making regular conscious decisions in my day-to-day life.
Earlier this year I was living at home with my mom, which as any who have eaten with us know, is a double-edged sword. My mom is an excellent cook, and uses almost all fresh and clean foods, especially vegetables. However, she is southern, and it reflects in the meals. The main problem was I enjoyed most of the food so much, that my portions added calories far beyond my expenditure to my diet. This was soon to change. In February I was topping out somewhere around 320lbs and getting little if any exercise. I immediately made strides in my food choices, bringing healthier lunches to work and working with my mom to have healthier dinners and also trying to control portion sizes. I noticed some small results in body composition but started feeling better nearly instantly. Then I started p90x.
I’m sure all of you have heard of p90x by now, if you haven’t tried it yourself, or at least seen the infomercials. For those rare few who haven’t, in a nutshell, it’s a program created by super celeb trainer Tony Horton all but guaranteed to get you ripped in 90 days. That did not happen to me because you’re supposed to be in pretty good shape before you start the program. It’s a program for strength, conditioning, and toning, not for weight loss. The program is a schedule of workouts implementing muscle confusion and intense exercises in three phases. A typical week is 3 days of strength training, and 3 days of supplemental workouts of things like plyometrics, yoga, kenpo karate, and stretching. Then after 3 weeks of that you have a cool down week featuring core and the aforementioned supplementary workouts, then a new phase with some new and different exercises for the muscle confusion.
Anyways, the program comes with the DVDs, but also a recommended nutrition guide to follow with the program for optimal effects. I ignored this for the first two phases but decided to try the phase one diet when I started phase three. This was probably a bad idea for a number of reasons:
1) Phase three is when you’re normally supposed to step up your game, which I did, and push through the end of the program with maximum effect. (I ended up having to quit a week or two before the end due to a severely pinched nerve in my back.)
2)I also started doing doubles with phase three, which is adding 45 minutes of cardio workouts 3-4 times a week in the mornings, on TOP of the already established schedule.
3)What really made this a bad idea, I think, is that the phase one diet is a low-carb diet. So without any warning or phasing, I started a low-carb diet cutting out a large part of my energy source as I was ramping up my energy expenditures to levels I’ve never sustained at any point in my life. Needless to say, I crashed at least once, but slept it off and continued in any case until my injury.
In any case, I made great gains with that experiment losing approximately 30-35lbs. It was, and still is, reassuring and motivating to see that. Even more important was how good I felt in general with the better diet and with regular exercise. Since then I’ve moved to the Los Angeles, California area and lost some more weight. I’m hovering around 270lbs these days, which is a loss of 50lbs so far this year.
The really shocking and encouraging part for me is how much better that number could be! I’ve had little control over my diet since I moved here in May, and have managed my weight, and even lost a little, despite excessive carbohydrate consumption. Around two months ago I also started the Couch 2 5k program with a friend which is helping as well, and creating a whole new set of challenges (I’ve never been a runner in even my most fit moments in life.)
With that brief recent history of my health and fitness, I can say that I’m more resolute than ever to get in shape, primarily, and stay there while improving my health and fitness as much as possible. I’ve developed a serious interest in living a primal lifestyle, which I will do a post on soon, and also tackling p90x again, and possibly Insanity, another 60day program. Most important and exciting, I want to be active outdoors with sports and other activities, which I will hopefully be able to highlight on here as well, with help from others.
So you know more about my history, and the purpose of the blog if you’ve read this far. I hope you are still interested and even better if you are interested in contributing your views and histories, or discussion with myself and others on the various topics introduced.