The Things I Do Now

So recently I’ve been on a massive change in my dieting and exercise habits and I have to say it’s been going well.

The initial motivation was two fold, one was so that I looked good for my upcoming wedding and two, for my overall health. Though I weighed in at 235 lbs, I can say I was relatively lucky to carry the weight around quite well without ‘too’ many rolls here and there. It was definitely distressing for me that after doing the simple Body Mass Index (BMI) that I landed in the range of “OBESE” (Background sound effect ‘DUN DUN DUNNNNN!’ of all old school horror flicks). It was then that I decided that I can’t just do what I’ve been doing and hope that something magically changes about my body. So I started working…

My buddy (whose a personal trainer) told me of a “new” diet that is actually really a summarization of thousands of diet research (so I guess it’s actually an “old” diet) called Carb Nite Solution (CNS). – which is basically a moderate fat/protein diet with super-low carbs ( <30 grams of carbs a day).

My initial weight was 235 lbs. at my max in August, 2012 after my decadent living in Las Vegas, but after adopting a healthier eating habit dropped to about 225-228 lbs.

I started CNS about 3 months ago during the start of September and cut out the carbs in my diet…and dang was it hard. For those that know me, they’d know I love rice…and I mean LOVE it. You know those Chinese 12 course meals where they serve at weddings (or fancy occasions) and don’t have rice until about the last dish? I usually ask for a bowl of white rice for myself so I can enjoy all the dishes as they should be enjoyed…with rice. Cutting out carbs also meant  cutting out sugars as well as starchy vegetables and fruit. When you stop to think about it, this makes eating out very difficult, almost every dish is served on top of the foundations of either rice, noodles or potatoes. It definitely wasn’t too fun to eat out anymore and I’ve had my fair share of raised eyebrows from people close to me, but the madness definitely had a method and the method worked.

I can proudly report that as of tonight, Dec 6, 2012 I weigh in at 202.8 lbs.

This of course was due to the diet change as well as exercising at the gym. For me I really started to amp my time at the gym from 2-3 days/week to about 4 days/week. I’ve been quite happy as I’ve started to really figure out the muscle groups I want to work as a whole so that my overall fitness level is strengthened. I’m also trying to ensure that my exercises are working opposing muscles (e.g. the biceps and triceps) so that I reach a physiological “balance.” I really realized the importance of the “balance,” after learning how to squat properly. I’ve been suffering from knee problems for a long time and I was told my Quads were too tight and putting strain my my knees. So I stretched and stretched, but my knees still hurt.  After starting to work on my legs with the proper, deeper squats and deadlifts, I believe the strengthening of my Hamstrings has reduce the uneven pull of the upper leg muscles and I can slowly feel the knees become less and less pained day after day.

I hope to provide periodic progress updates for my own accountability and hopefully people will be encouraged to go and make their own necessary lifestyle changes. I’m currently also signed into BodyBuilding.com under the user jtf604 for keeping track of my progress as well as being connected to a community that can provide exercise ideas. If you’re in the BB.com community drop by my page to say Hello.

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