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Thoughts on Changing Self

Let me start by saying I’ve never been a big believer in workouts and the hamster cycle of cardio machines. Also, I have more nutritional knowledge and experience than most normal folks having gone to culinary school and to many nutritionists over the years. Understanding this will help you get what I’m about to say next.

I made the decision to change my diet, start working out and get fit after almost hitting 200 lbs for the first time in my life. It was an almost overnight decision; I was motivated into action by my fear of being that heavy and just letting my body get unhealthy. The problem thereafter is always where to start. I wasn’t sure how to approach this, only that I didn’t want to be this way anymore.

I watched the movie “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and was so moved that I went and bought a juicer two days later. Yes, once again motivated into action. And then, I knew I needed some help when it came to getting fit. I hit up my friend and trainer Kenneth to help and after a talk, I put my money where my mouth was and stepped up my game. We meet twice a week and he challenges me, dares me to do better, push harder, get results.

So my regimen looks like this:

Mondays & Wednesdays are training days. Tuesdays are physical therapy for my knee problems. Saturday morning is my additional workout day. Every morning I have fresh juice from my juicer, 2 to 3 days a week I have either fresh juice or a smoothie for lunch and a light dinner of fish or chicken usually involving a salad. It’s healthy and it’s a transformation of my relationship to food and exercise.

So when I said I’d do something to turn the tide:

1) I fully committed – no bull, no excuses;
2) I was motivated to take action;
3) I sought sources to support me in my goal;
4) I changed my view and made it part of every day life.

I thought about this and understood that these steps apply to anything you want to improve in your life. Anything. No, it’s not simple – if it was simple, everyone would do it. But it’s for those individuals that can see themselves at the finish line, working from results backward. I see myself rocking a string bikini and feeling stronger, healthier.

So here is the start. I’m glad for it. Next time, I’ll talk about my thoughts on strength training & cardio. 🙂