In my last entry, I talked about motivation and determination. Once again, without those two, it will be very difficult to do what you want. In this entry, I will talk about eating habits and my workout plan that got me started.
Just because these two strategies worked for me, doesn’t mean you have to follow them.
I asked one of the strength coaches for Michigan State and received this advice. Little did I realize, he told me if I remained committed to making a change, overtime I would be successful.
It was August 8th, 2010 I told myself the TIME IS NOW! August 9th, I went to work!
Shortly after I started, I hated it. I would be on an elliptical or treadmill for 45-60 minutes a day, while friends were playing videogames or hanging out. Once I finished working out, I would crave Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and other healthy foods. NOT ANYMORE!
I had to cut down on the foods I loved.
After a few weeks into working out, I told myself I could treat myself to junk food once. The same went for drinking with friends. I cut down on going to bars and drinking. Instead, I got a job at a local bar, to help me prevent from gong out, plus some extra cash in my pocket. Monday thru Sunday, I would be on Facebook, watch TV, text, and call people.
Now, working out, became a part of my daily routines. Something as little as 45 minutes a day consistently made a huge difference.
Eating habits were changed too. One key habit I realized is DO NOT eat many calories at night, before going to bed. Make lunch the largest part of the calorie intake. This allows the body enough time to process them throughout the day. Therefore, I would enjoy a large meal during the day, before heading to practice. I would be starving by the time I was done, and that’s where my friend cottage cheese and almonds came. If one is thinks weight loss is easy, think again.
I’ve taken exams before, but those you can cheat on (if need be). I’ve interned before for companies, and you can get through a project or task via colleagues.
Who can help to lose weight? YOU. NOBODY else can control the results but YOU!
To recap, I committed myself to working out 45-60 minutes day, avoiding large dinners, and eating real late. In the beginning, I still ate food from outside. It didn’t take long for Subway and I to become friends.
Yes it became costly, but I relied on Subway for breakfast/lunch/and dinner. In my next entry, I will talk briefly about what other foods I made part of my daily routine. Some sound awful and tasted gross.
But, I was on a mission and committed to losing weight, thus I had to stick to my word.
Rikin Shaw is a friend and a new graduate of Michigan State University. I appreciate a young person sharing his quest, it takes guts and honesty, keep it up stud, I am rooting for your success!