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Fitness Update: Four Month Anniversary

I committed myself to a new fitness plan exactly four months ago. I didn’t want to just lose weight (especially for a sort period of time), I wanted to transform my body and my lifestyle. I’m proud to say that I’m still going strong after all this time.

I say “all this time” like it’s been three years. Sometimes that’s who long I feel like it’s been. It’s taken a lot of hard work, but at the same time, it’s becoming easier every day.

When I started this quest, weight loss wasn’t the focus. More than anything I wanted to get healthy. I knew that if I busted my tail, the results would show up on the scale as well. I don’t know why, but I truly thought I would plateau at about 200 pounds (I started at 230…I still can’t believe it). I thought that I was around my plateau point until I weighed myself last night for the sake of this article (it was the first time I jumped on the scale in about three weeks). I couldn’t believe it…I weighed 194 pounds! I was truly shocked. I don’t remember the last time I weighed this much. It was probably high school.

I used to drag myself into the gym, but now I love being there. I try to go for at least an hour every day. I enjoy pushing myself to new limits…limits I never thought I would reach. I ran my first sub eight-minute mile last week. I never, never, never (have I made my point) thought that I could do that. I ran more than six miles total that day (again, something I didn’t know my body was capable of when I weighed 230+ pounds). I’m thinking about signing up for my first half marathon soon, and maybe that will lead me to a full marathon in the future. I feel like the sky is the limit.

I still battle the urges to eat “bad” food, but I succeed %98 of the time. Several wildfires broke out in our area yesterday and our newsroom worked their butts off to get the best possible coverage on the air. Many of our reporters and photographers had to work more than 12-hour days on the fire lines, so they didn’t have time to eat dinner (or even lunch in some cases). To help ease the hungry stomachs, the station bought a ton of pizza. The smell filled the newsroom. I wanted to dig in so bad (nothing beats free food), but I fought the urge. Even after four months, I was really proud of myself.

Getting fit is a process. It takes a lot of hard work, but it really comes down to making the right decisions and having will power. That can be the most difficult, and most rewarding part. I had the choice to devour six slices of pizza (it was sitting right in front of me), but I didn’t touch it. Like I mentioned, I was proud of myself. I used to make excuses to splurge “I’ll work extra hard in the gym tomorrow” or “I’ll have this now and I’ll never cheat again”. That always backfired and I’d end up back where I started…overweight and on my couch watching television. I don’t make excuses now, I just keep pounding away. 

Looking back on it now, success is really simple if you are truly committed to the process. You have to turn your back on your old way of life. I used to eat fast food all the time, but I haven’t touched the stuff in four months and I never want to go back to it again. I drive by McDonald’s and the smell grosses me out more than it sucks me in. I used to go out drinking on the weekends, but now I’ve severely cut back. That’s the excuse I get from a lot of people. They eat pretty well, but drinking is their guilty pleasure. Again, the solution is simple…don’t drink so much. Booze and beers are the emptiest of empty calories. You will reach your goals if you make the right choices.

I don’t want to sound preachy, beacuase I’m not perfect myself. I have splurged throughout the summer, especially when I’m on vacation. I’m just trying to explain that the key to my success is keeping it simple and pushing myself every day. The results have shown up on the scale, but more importantly I feel incredible. I have confidence and energy like I’ve never had before. I feel like nothing can stand in the way of my goals. I’m not just talking about my fitness goals either, I’m talking about all aspects of my life. I’m a new person and I never want to go back to the way I was before.

There is one major downfall to all of this…my clothes don’t fit anymore. Do you remember the end of the movie Big? Tom Hanks turns back into a kid (sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen it), but he’s still in the suit he wore as an adult. The clothes are hanging off of the kid’s body as he walks home to be reunited with his family. That’s what I feel like when I’m at work. I’m swimming in my suits. I tighten my belt as much as I can, but it makes the waist of my pants bunch up. I look pretty foolish. I need to find a tailor ASAP.

It is pretty amazing to look at videos or pictures from before I started (ignore the hat…I was messing around) and compare them to how I look now. It’s a night and day difference. I met up with some coworkers at a local bar the other day. I used to be a regular there. I ran into one of the bartenders and said hello. He gave me a quick look and said a quick hello back. A couple of seconds later he grabbed me and apologized for blowing me off. He complimented my weight loss and said that he didn’t even recognize me. I thought that was pretty cool. 

I want to leave you with a quote that my friend Joe Bauer sent me earlier this week. Joe is a strength and conditioning specialist (you can learn more about him at http://fitnessnewsnow.com), and he’s also guy who helped me learn a lot about eating properly. I really liked this:

“I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process.” – Diane Nyad

I don’t know who Diane Nyad is, but I like the way she thinks. I’ve found that once you break through a barrier you find another one waiting on the other side, but there’s nothing more fun than revving your engine and charging for the next one. Getting fit is hard work…it’s also a ton of fun.

I would love to hear your fitness stories or questions. Sharing my experiences with you has pushed me to work harder, and it’s also made it much more enjoyable because of all the feedback. I want to open the same forum for you. You can leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter @lewissports, like me on Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

Before I let you go, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone for their support and fitness/diet/cooking tips over the last four months. Your help is much appreciated!

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