Welcome to the latest installment of my Tumblr blog, which is also viewable across social media on my Twitter and Facebook pages. I want to start off this blog entry by saying that I am happy to report that I am now the lightest I have ever been in my adult life!
Many people have wondered why I have been on this weight loss journey for the past three-and-a-half months, and how I have managed to lose sixty-five pounds in that time.
First off, “the why”: Well, the only real reason why I did it was simply for the health benefits that come with losing weight. It’s that simple. Like I’ve been telling people, there is absolutely no special lady currently in my life who I deem to be worthy of impressing with anything, whether it be weight loss or anything else I’m involved in, and there hasn’t been for a few years now, and it looks like it will most likely stay that way. Also, I’ve not been involved in the wrestling business for ten long years now, so I’m obviously not keeping trim for wrestling like I did back in the day when I was quite the muscle-headed gym rat, always lifting weights, taking supplements, etc., always trying to look good for the crowd and the camera. Luckily, those days are long gone, haha! That being said, I am glad that my new-found value of health and fitness was a strong enough reason, and enough motivation, for me to both start, and continue, on my weight loss journey this time around. This time without any heavy weightlifting or supplements. Just good ol’ fashioned cardio, toning, and calorie-counting. More on that later in this blog.
So, again, I reiterate, the sole reason that I embarked on this journey of weight loss was to get healthy and fit to the best of my abilities, plain and simple. I am glad that one day, out of the blue, I just up and decided to do this. Not sure what sparked that out of the blue moment, but I am glad that the moment finally came when I started to hold health and wellness in higher regard, and take it more seriously, than I had in the past. When you think about it, your health is everything, so it surely is a good-enough reason to embark on a weight loss journey! :)
Secondly, here is “the how”: Like I’ve shared with several people who have asked about it, I have simply been counting calories, both incoming and outgoing, and have been exercising regularly. It’s a simple science that has worked for me, and that is important, for every individual to find a weight loss regimen that works for them. I still eat basically whatever I want, but within reason, paying close attention to the serving sizes and calories listed on food labels, Googling calories for homemade items, unlabeled items, etc. I started out counting everything up by hand in a handwritten daily log, but have since switched to an online app that adds my calories up as I enter them, helping me to keep track of calories both eaten and burned each day.
As far as exercise goes, I try to get daily exercise in of some kind. I do more cardio than anything. I started out doing a lot of high-impact cardio such as walking and jogging, but have since incorporated low-impact cardio such as stationary bicycling as well. Every now and then I’ll switch things up by doing some cardio kickboxing as well, since I like to have a variety of cardio exercises in my weight loss arsenal, so that I don’t over-do it or get burned out on any one cardio exercise. As far as toning exercises go, I do resistance tube exercises, crunches, reverse crunches, modified push-ups, and six-inch leg lifts.
Different things work for different people, and I’m lucky to have found what has worked for me. So, to anyone looking to drop weight, I say: Find the system that works for you, and make sure that you are being healthy about it! Also, if you have no other reason, do like I did, and start viewing health and wellness as a good-enough reason to start taking steps to lose weight and improve your life!
So, that’s the why and how of my weight loss. I still have a ways to go on where I need to be, so hopefully I will remain on this path and get to where I need to be! I realize that this is a lifestyle change that must be permanent in order for me to continue to lose weight, and to maintain my weight once I get down to a “Normal” BMI, Speaking of BMI, I recently managed to get out of the “Obese” bracket, and move into the “Overweight” bracket, which was an accomplishment in and of itself. I know that I don’t want to go back to where I used to be, so hopefully that will keep me motivated enough to keep on keeping on in my weight loss goals, and a lifetime of weight maintenance once reaching those goals! :)
I hope this blog has been helpful in answering some questions for you about my own weight loss, and hopefully some of you will be inspired to embark on your own weight loss journey after reading this! :)