Pump Up the Jam – A Fitness Update

 
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I have been incredibly anxious to write up this update on my health journey and quest! Last time I checked in was September 26th, and at that time I was weighing in at 227 lbs. As of this morning I checked in at 217!
 
Seeing results keeps me motivated and that train moves on. So, what else have I done or incorporated into my lifestyle to get these results? My meals are still consistently made up of 3 round meals for the traditional lunch or dinner. I supplement with two small snacks between them to keep me topped off. This resulted in me eating smaller portions than previously. I do still eat out, but I’ve cut back once again. Before I began with this health initiative I was eating a meal via fast food or restaurants 4-6 times a week. I’m now down to about once or twice a week and that’s reserved mostly for outings with the family. If you want a more detailed breakdown on what I’m eating and the plan I have you can check it out here.
 
The biggest change in the last 35 days to my routine has been the slow incorporation of physical activity in my life. This was challenging for me. The biggest hurdle I had was letting go of my past and moving forward. What I mean by this is that for the majority of my life, I was very much in shape and active. That included high school sports, track, cross country, and more. After high school that extended into the Army until I was 23. When I think of working out I immediately want to do the things I did 4-5 years ago. I can safely say that has been some of the toughest humble pie to swallow. My advice here for anyone starting to workout again is to forget anything you’ve done in the past. It is irrelevant and even if you know what you’re doing, there’s nothing with asking for help. If you’re someone who has never worked out, this is positive news. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t in the past. The important thing is that you’ve mustered up the courage to take the first step towards a better you.
After a few disappointing gym sessions, I decided to come back and do some thorough research on workouts and what would be good for my skill level and current condition. I settled on this workout and decided to give it a go. When you see the workout, it’s perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed by it. It may seem out of your skill level, but always keep this in mind. Its perfectly okay to slow things down and go at your own pace. If the workout says 4 weeks but you feel like you need to repeat a week before moving on that is acceptable. Secondly, it’s normal to feel lost or overwhelmed by these exercises and terminology. A bit of homework comes into play here. Before you visit the gym, look up the exercises and their technique on YouTube to get an idea of what you’re going to do. It’s good to prepare ahead of time, and it definitely reduces the chance of injury. It’s not a race. Take your time feeling comfortable with a routine and continue to make progress. Lastly, before you do anything on your own, please consult with your physician if it will be okay to do these workouts at your current condition. You may have to modify it a bit and again, that is perfectly okay.
 
I’m excited to keep progressing and improving. I’m also excited to motivate a few of you to do the same. Let me know if you want more details on what I’m doing. I’m happy to help if you’re intimidated. Until next time, let’s keep moving forward and stay motivated!

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