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Fitness Update: Six Month Anniversary

I started my quest for fitness six months ago yesterday. I really wanted to write this update on the anniversary, but I had one of my busiest days in a long time. Instead, you get a long overdue fitness update today!

When I started this adventure in April, I didn’t want to just lose weight, I wanted to transform my body and my lifestyle. Both of those things have happened. I started at 230 pounds and slimmed down to 190 pounds. On top of that, I feel better than I ever have before. I have more energy, confidence, and an all around better well-being. I feel like I can do anything! That was my goal from the beginning; fitness not weight loss (even though I knew the two would come hand-in-hand).

There are a couple of recent examples that helped me realize that I’ve officially transformed my body. I went to lunch with a friend a couple of days ago. When I pulled up to the restaurant, I saw a few of the women from our sales department inside. When I walked in, they all complimented me on my weight loss. One of them told me that she didn’t even recognize me when I pulled up (they were sitting by the front window). I thought that was pretty cool. The other example happened at the gym a few weeks ago. I was checking in, when the girl behind the counter did a double take. She told me that I didn’t even look like the same guy in the picture on the computer, and that I’ve done really good things for myself. Mission accomplished (even though I know there’s progress to be made)!

I know that I’ve changed my lifestyle as well. I went back to read some of the fitness updates I posted when I first started (you can follow along from the beginning by clicking here). In my post “Three Things I Really Want In Life”, I explained my diet like this:

I didn’t eat breakfast yesterday, drank four beers on the golf course in the afternoon, ate a huge burrito at a Mexican restaurant for dinner, added a few more cocktails later at night, and finished with a midnight (actually 1am) snack of McDonald’s. Sadly, that’s fairly typical and consequently why I’m chubby.

I read that and I want to puke. I would never eat like that again (it sounds disgusting to me now). It’s amazing how much I don’t care for junk food anymore. I would rather have an apple and almonds over a Snickers any day. I never even think of fast food as an option. It honestly never crosses my mind that I’d like to get a burger from McDonald’s. Feel free to replace that burger with some other garbage from Taco Bell, KFC, etc. It doesn’t matter…fast food is a distant memory.

With that said, my diet is dull. Chicken breast, salmon, and ground turkey are getting boring. I try to spice it up from time-to-time, but it’s usually the same thing every week. The only variety I get is from the different fruits and vegetables that I buy. You’ll never hear me complain about fruits and veggies…I love them (I credit my mom for shoving that stuff down my throat as a kid)! Your diet doesn’t have to be this boring. I just lack the proper cooking skills to make it interesting. Thanks to everyone who shared recipes with me on my Facebook page a few weeks ago. I’m always open to new ideas, especially if it helps me stay on track.

I’ve also run into some issues of staying motivated in the gym. I hit a lull a few weeks ago. I was getting bored of doing the same thing every day. I would usually pound through an hour of cardio and then lift for about 30 to 45 minutes. It was the same thing for months. I finally burned out. I took a few days off to regroup. I even turned to my friends on Facebook again for help. They gave me some great idea. Many suggest yoga, while others mentioned biking (or is it “cycling”), Zumba (you’ll never see me do this), and CrossFit workouts. That was enough to get me energized again. I’ve started mixing things up a bit and it’s become a lot of fun again. I’ve also started pushing myself harder in the weight room as well. It’s a new way to challenge myself and keep things fresh. My sister even called me “buff” the other day, so I must be doing something right.

I can’t even explain how much fun I’ve had over the last six months. I’ve pushed myself to limits I never though I would be able to reach and I’ve found passion in activities I never thought I would. My success in the gym has made me a better person away from it. I’ve become more confident in every aspect of my life. When a challenge steps in front of me in, I’m ready to grab on to it and wrestle it to the ground. I wasn’t necessarily like that before I started this quest. I can’t wait to see what I can overcome next!

It’s harder for me to squeeze in workouts these days. I started my fitness quest when it was a slow time for local sports. It was easy to find time to get into the gym. It’s not as easy anymore. This is one of the busiest times to be a sportscaster. I’ll say this though…time can’t be an excuse. You can always wake up 45 minutes before you usually do to go for a run. It’s not rocket science. Time definitely can’t be used as an excuse for eating right either. In fact, I think it’s one of the lamest excuses in the world. One of my readers, Tara Peterson, made a great point in a comment she left on my article “A Scary Observation About Junk Food”: “If people have the time to eat their way to obesity, they probably have the time to eat their way to a healthy life.” Enough said!

I can’t imagine that there’s anyone out there who would even think about killing themselves, so I wonder why there are so many people eating themselves to death. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 34 percent of adults and 17 percent of children in the United Sates are obese. That’s awful! One of the side effects of obesity can be diabetes. There are 1.6 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed in adults 20 years and older each year. In fact, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2006. Yikes!

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m going to mention it again (I think it’s that important). People always asks me how I’ve lost so much weight. I don’t know what they expect the answer to be. It’s like they think I cast a magic spell over myself or something. The answer is simple: I eat right and I workout. There’s nothing special about it. Anyone can achieve the same success with commitment and willpower.

I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am for everyone who has supported me along the way. I couldn’t have done this without you. This website is one of the greatest tools I’ve had during my quest. Once I committed to this adventure, I didn’t want to let you down. You kept me accountable. This is the longest stretch of time I’ve stayed committed to a fitness plan and I never plan on going back to the way things were. I can’t wait to celebrate more accomplishments with you in the future. THANK YOU!!!

As always, I would love to hear from you. Let me know if you have any questions about diet or fitness. If I don’t have the answer, I know people who do. Please feel free to leave a comment below, get in touch with me on Twitter @lewissports, connect with me on Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

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