Fitness in My Life
Being Overweight and How It Made Me Feel
As a teenager, my life was pretty good except for one thing that killed me… that was my weight. I was not huge, I was about ten pounds overweight or less, but it made me so self-conscious. I was sick of being called “chunky” and my brother’s favorite name for me “blubber-gut.” These names made me change my lifestyle for the better and they only made me a tad bit stronger mentally. In the following paragraphs, I will give an in-depth look at what I do to stay in shape and keep some weight off.
Weekend Workout Routine
So on the weekends, I get up and typically head right to the kitchen for some good ole’ breakfast. Breakfast for me is the most important meal of the day and is usually my biggest meal. I eat a decent amount at breakfast because I have all Sunday to burn those calories and carbs off. I usually have for breakfast two pieces of Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Bread with some butter on top, a bowl of Quacker Oats Oatmeal, and a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. My breakfast rounds off at about 900 to 1,000 calories, but I burn a lot of that off so it is fine by me. After, eating I go for a walk around my neighborhood which is about a 1.5 to 2-mile walk and that takes me a good 40 minutes to an hour. After walking, I relax for a half hour or so and re-hydrate which is very important for your body. Later on, I go on an intense four-mile or so bike ride. I typically ride on the road until I get to my local hiking trails where I hike for some of the trails and ride the other parts. After doing my bike ride I either do some other cardio workouts like sprinting and running on my treadmill or I lift 40-pound weights ( I do about 120 repetitions.) Then to top off my weekend at night I do the same walking route I did earlier in the day. I then shower and head off to bed. Sleep is vastly important for your workouts because it lets your muscles and body recover.
Weekday Workout Routine
During the week, like most Americans, I find it hard to work out. So I generally come home and will relax for about an hour and then I will either go on a two to four-mile bike ride or lift weights for forty minutes in my basement. This typically varies on the day. So to say on Monday I will go bike riding then on Tuesday I will lift weights. During the week it is typically a good idea to eat fewer calories than on the weekends because most people get less exercise like me, but if your job is physically demanding then you can eat the same amount. That is basically all I do during the week.
As I followed my diet and workout plan religiously I was able to achieve my dream of a good physique. Now I am a sponsored athlete I can focus on my health much more than that. You can take inspiration from my journey and set a goal for yourself as well.
Helpful Tips And Tricks For Success
One important thing after working out is staying hydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water. I also drink homemade protein shakes after working out so that my muscles get the protein they need to repair themselves and so I bulk up instead of losing muscle. Just make sure you stick with your exercise regime and do not give up. It is alright to have a cheat day every so often. So do not feel bad if you overeat or have a candy bar every so often.