Getting it together, after "letting yourself go..."


  • Aug 28, 2014 6:55 PM GMT
    I was never one to be a gym bunny, I was never ripped, but I had always maintained a very healthy diet, ran about 20 miles a week, and weight trained 2-3 days a week. I was toned, not a perfect 6 pack, but I was confident in myself.

    The last 2 years have been pure hell, and my commitments to diet and fitness have either been one day epiphanies, or just non existent. I lost my life balance, and instead indulged on Chinese delivery, pizza, Doritos, or whatever else junk food came my way...

    My muscle tone is gone, I currently weigh 176 lbs, and have 22% body fat... I always was about 160 and 12% BF, sometimes I would get up to 165 when I focused at the gym. I am skinny fat, and I absolutely hate it. It is gross...

    Things have stabilized in my life, I have gotten into cycling, and absolutely love it. The thing is finding a way to make these transitions back to my former self, I let myself go. I will admit it.

    I'm not going to jump on board the Atkins train, or any other short term measure. Before, I would educate myself on a number of various diets, and I have my own little system that works. I ate lean meats, stayed away from simple carbs after 6 PM, avoided sugary drinks like the plague, and was consistent with my workouts.

    The last few days I have been making serious attempts to restore old habits( e.g. keeping a daily food journal, and workout log). I'm wanting to make these things stick, so that over the next 3-6 months, I regain my muscle tone, loose 15 pounds, and have an overall balance in my health.

    Any advice on helping make these practices become habits on again? What has worked for you?
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 28, 2014 7:32 PM GMT
    Good luck, guy. Though you probably won't need it. You'll be getting the positive reinforcement of results. My only advice (because your plan is sound) is to take a couple of selfies without any flaw concealing angles or lighting and post them somewhere you're forced to see them in the morning. Just as a friendly reminder to yourself. I bet you'll end up in better shape than you were before you fell off the wagon.
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    Aug 29, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    Be forgiving. You have had a difficult time but conquered it.

    Select which thoughts you act on, don't let the bad ones grow...its a bit like weeding the garden...takes some ongoing work but it gets easier.

    Have ways of charting progress.. photos, logs etc.

    Remember that you are worth it.