Published: 8/9/2012 5:21:22 PM
Dieting doesn’t have to mean dying
I don’t know what it is about the weight loss process that, in the beginning, always makes me feel like the biggest loser (as in scrub)?
It’s not the initial weigh in and finding out I haven’t quite ballooned up to an all-pro offensive tackle weight, but rather a pretty round (as my grandmother would try to put it nicely, husky) linebacker size.
I know it’s not the thought of exercising that gives me pause because I realize for me physical activity is one of the keys feeling great and to weight loss. I admit I have not invested as much time as I should into physical fitness and it is time for a change.
Opportunity and the mirror have reenergized me. Round is a shape, but it is just not the shape I ever wanted to be. It’s really amazing to me how it’s always the little things that get you back in the mood to taking your physical conditioning seriously.
Believe me, I’m no diet expert by any stretch, but I know what has worked for me in the past. If you are going to take on a personal challenge of improving yourself physically or any challenge for that matter, make sure to have a great support system.
My place of work started a Biggest Loser contest Aug. 2 and for the first time I’m motivated again. It’s a competition to see who can lose the most body fat.
Admittedly, I’m competitive and I love winning. But the best part, by far, is being in it with others. The feeling of dieting with a group of people looking to accomplish the same goal is wonderful.
As a group, my colleagues and I are going to walk, make sure we eat better (at least while at the office) and push one another to do better physically.
Everything is shared, like misery to walk past the glazed doughnut that is calling your name or even the wonderful ache of working out again.
I really don’t hate diets. I love the idea of being in shape, but I’ve come to realize I’m what they call a foodie. I don’t mean that in food aficionado sense, but I do know good food and I love to eat. I adore the smells, taste and aromas that come from great food.
As one of the millions who are looking to get fit and slim down to somewhere in the wide receiver size range, I understand the difficulties. My advice to all looking to improve their waistline or just being better physically is to take on the challenge with a group. Also, something I learned was to monitor my intake. I use a website called Myfitnesspal.com.
Weight loss is not easy and there will be times when you are tested, but just like any exam or test you have to pass, working with friends, Family or colleagues always makes it easier.
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