Ok, if you’re a regular reader of this site you may have noticed that I have pretty much dropped off the face of the earth the past few months (probably longer). I haven’t been exercising regularly, and my diet hasn’t been one to be proud of either.
I’ve been full of excuses as to why I haven’t been working out, and why I’ve been consuming a steady diet of fast food garbage. Among them:
- Family Health Issues: My wife has been having a ton of health issues the past 2 years. She’s been in and out of the hospital several times, and has had 2 surgeries for unrelated problems. She’s also now pregnant with our first child, and I’m taking on an extra load at home because of it. As a result I haven’t been focusing on myself as much. Yes, I know it’s an excuse.
- My Blogging & My Day Job: I work an 8-5 day job, and also blog at night at my personal finance blog. Focusing on all those things takes a lot of time and effort!
- No Motivation: I just haven’t been motivated to work out or eat healthy. I’ve been tired. I’ve been focused on other things, and I’ve been lazy.
I know I’ve just been making rationalizations for my own laziness, and it’s time for this all to change.
Re-starting My Workout Regimen
As of yesterday I’m restarting my workout and health eating regimen. After realizing that many of my clothes are no longer fitting me – I decided that it’s time that I take some of the weight off, and get back on track to living a healthy life. After all, with my first child on the way I want to be here for a long time – for him and for my future grandchildren!
My workout plan that I’ll be engaging in:
- Day 1: Upper Body Weights
- Day 2: High Intensity Interval Training
- Day 3: Lower Body Weights
- Day 4: High Intensity Interval Training
- Day 5: Upper Body Weights
- Day 6: High Intensity Interval Training
- Day 7: Day Off
So basically I’ll just repeat this pattern week in and week out until I reach my goal weight of around 200 lbs. I’m currently a little bit over 270, so I’ve got a long ways to go.
I’ve lost weight in the past using this same workout plan, and on average I was able to lose 10-15 pounds per month. Last time I did this plan for about 4 months and lost over 40 pounds. That was back in 2007. Here we are in 2010 and I’ve gained it all back and then some. Time to lose it and keep it off for good this time.
Update: I just bought the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor and Your Shape : Fitness Evolved workout video game as well, so I’ll e adding this to my workout regimen once it arrives.
I Started Last Night
I started my workout program last night with a upper body weight lifting routine. It was tough, and I could tell it’s been quite a while since I’ve worked out. I know I’ll be extra sore tomorrow.
Tonight I’ll be doing some running using interval training as discussed in yesterday’s post. Hopefully I don’t pass out, have a heart attack and die. We shall see!
This post is my way of keeping myself accountable, and putting an end to the excuses. It’s time to get moving!
Have you ever been to the point where you just get sick of it – and end the excuses? Are you still in the excuse making phase? Tell us your thoughts on beginning a weight loss plan, and what it takes to get started in the comments.