THE PATIENCE TO BUILD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
This is going to be an ongoing article. Please join me on my journey to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Openness is something we value a lot here at LABOR so I want to be very open with you. I've always struggled with my weight. I have an unhealthy emotional attachment to food. I turn to food for comfort and of course, I'm not turning to fruits and veggies. Burgers and fries are my favorites and so are donuts. That being said, the last 3 years have been really stressful for me. I moved from Chicago to New Jersey, then to New York and then I moved again last summer to my current place in Park Slope. I had a kid, my first one. I had to find a job without any connections. I applied for jobs and I went through the grueling process of obtaining my citizenship. I lucked-out and found a decent job at a "not so great" company which brought it's own set of stresses and uncertainty. All of that while having the typical "therapy-requiring" marital issues.
Most days, food is my main source of comfort. It's the only "nice thing" I can do for myself. The only thing truly mine, and most days I need it. The days you see me going to get a donut at 5 pm means is either a sweet treat or me losing my mind.
Adding that to the fact I haven't exercised regularly in a year, makes my health a concern. I'm always tired and noticeably weaker than I used to be. Not to mention I have a gut, love handles, a triple chin and I always hate the way a look in pictures. The worst part is, I can't keep up with my 2 year old running around all day, and that hurts me because he's my number one priority. I need to be sure I'm strong and healthy so I can be there for him for a very long time.
Fortunately I'm surrounded by very healthy and inspiring people in my life (read Rei, Nuria, Sam) so the only thing I need to do to be fit is decide to do so, and they'll have my back. They are going to teach me, inspire me and make me accountable. And so will you, that's why I'm writing this here for all you see. Please follow me here while I'm on a journey to be healthy again.
First thing is patience. This is going to be a long and difficult journey. No shortcuts, no cheating, no nonsense. I'm ready to call myself out on my bullshit.
Second thing is diet. Even though I don't work out regularly, I'm fairly active, especially with my son. All the bad food habits though are the number one thing I have to fight off. There's a quote I always come back to when reading about nutrition. It goes like "A six pack is made in the kitchen, not in the gym" and although my goal is not a six pack (yet) I want to get straight on the way I eat and most importantly, what I eat.
Now let me say this is not my first attempt at a healthy lifestyle. Back in college I started something similar which led me to lose 30 lbs and change my taste for sweets, greasy food and such. It's been a steady downhill ever since. For the record, I'm 5' 10" and 186 lbs now.
I'm going to start with what I know. Back in the day I went on a Keto diet (yes, I went Keto in 2006) for two weeks then I went on a healthy diet for one week (low carbs, high greens high protein no junk) and then a third Keto week. After that was a month of your average healthy diet. Following months was a steady lifestyle of healthy eating with a "cheat day" each week in which I wouldn't binge, since my taste changed. That's what I'll do and I'll adjust as I progress.
Two things to note: 1) need to drink at least 8 glasses of water to kickstart my metabolism and reduce the chances of a Keto flu 2) I will not workout at all during the first month.
So starting April 1st (and it's no joke to me) I'll be down and dirty on my road to healthy. Are you with me?