One of my goals when it came to working out and getting in shape was to see my weight fall south of two hundred pounds. Â At my heaviest, I was probably close to 250. Â I can only guess because once I crossed 240, weighing myself became too depressing. Â Last week I finally decided to weigh myself for the first time since I started my new routines (Mid-December). Â Previously I had weighed myself a couple of weeks after kicking caffeine and sodas, and I had been at 221. Â Now I am down to 206.
In addition to dropping the weight, I also generally feel a whole lot better. Â I have more energy and my back pain, which has been fairly constant for years, is much less, almost non-existent.
Currently, my workout goes like this:
- First, I do some stretching. Â This is a mixture of some straight muscle stretching and some yoga poses. Â This, more than anything else, has led to me feeling a lot better. Â Good stretching really opens you up.
- Second, I do my push-ups. Â I’m still doing them slow, and I have no expectation of speeding them up. Â Fast isn’t the point. Â Each one takes a little more than a second to complete, and I’m at the point now where I do five sets of twenty to make my 100. Â A short (30 second to 1 minute) break between sets.
- Thirds, I do my sit-ups. Â Same at the push-ups. Â Slow. Â Sets of twenty. Â Break between sets. Â Five sets.
- After that I do some more stretching and some breathing as a cool down.
I do want to put some leg work/cardio in my workout, but for the moment I’m happy because this is a workout that I can do anytime, anywhere.
Of course, I can’t attribute everything to the workout. Â I’ve also been watching my diet. Â One thing I’ve learned reading books and listening to trainers and specialists is that the most important element is portion control. Â So I’ve been learning to eat leftovers and make sure I’m not stuffing myself at mealtimes.
All in all, I am very pleased so far and really looking forward to the day I get myself under two hundred for good.