As a teenager, I worked out on a consistent basis. I was never strong, but I did try to stay in shape. I always knew that I would never look like Lou Ferrigno, but you have to set goals. Right? Somehow, after college graduation and working on a full time basis, my desire to exercise on a regular basis diminished. After I got married, I really started to put on the weight and eventually walking was my only form of exercise (when I decided to exercise).
Overweight and Out of Shape
In 2006, my wife and I took a trip to Hocking Hills to do some hiking. We love hiking and a friend from work told me that they have some nice trails there. We did one hike in particular which started out with a bunch of steps to get on the trail. When I got to the top, my shirt was soaking wet and I was COMPLETELY out of breath. My wife asked me why I was sweating so bad and I blamed it on the humidity.
My annual fit test at work that year was the eye opener. When I got on the scale it read 212 pounds! I couldn’t believe it and there was no excuse in the world (even though my wife is an awesome cook) why I should weigh 212 pounds. I may have gained a few more pounds through Thanksgiving and Christmas, but in January 2007 I made a decision to lose some weight. I started out by changing some of my eating habits. It was hard to give up the Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Mt. Dew (which was a consistent staple for breakfast). I started walking more when the weather warmed up and eventually worked my way up to jogging.
The weight slowly started coming off. At the end of 18 months, I lost a total of 42 pounds. I thought 170 pounds was a much healthier weight to live with. Other trails that my wife and I hiked were a lot easier. I finally felt like I was heading on the right path to fitness.
In the weeks and months to come I will share more in my Fitness Journal. The Setbacks. New Accomplishments. New Goals to reach.
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