I lost 15 pounds during Quarantine, here’s how you can too!
We spend a lot of time working on parts of our cars, but what if we spent time working on parts of ourselves
I’ll be honest, I’m no health nut by any means, but when I noticed I started becoming as big as a Buick, I realized I needed to start taking my health seriously. I would draw up a strategy and run headlong into a weight loss routine that would leave me tired, depressed and in pain. With quarantine freeing up three hours of my day that I would spend sitting in my car commuting to and from work, I realized that it was time to use that time to start working on the most important vehicle in my life, my body. Yes, this 260 pound, single-cylinder, double overhead artery-powered behemoth needed what any good project car needed, some money, some blood, some sweat, and a whole lotta love. So here’s what I did to drop 15 pounds in a little over two months while I’ve been cooped up in my house, and hopefully you can pick up a few tips along the way.
1. Get a good pair of shoes
Online shopping is one of the most efficient ways of acquiring a new set of kicks. After all, if you look the part, you can play the part. I settled on a pair of New Balance 608s (pictured above) and while I look like a suburban dad, I do live in suburbia, and honestly, they’re pretty comfortable. They’ve got good handling, and I’ve already put about 100 miles on them. Shoes are more than just a stylish attachment to your workout outfit, they can provide good arch support for your feet, and if you’re on a strict walking regiment like I am, you’re going to be thanking the stars above that you chose dad shoes over a pair of Vans or Converse.
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2. Pick a diet you’re comfortable with
Realistically speaking, the biggest factor in steady weight loss is diet. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve lost sight of my plan because I hated the foods I was eating. I developed a taste for spice so that I could include peppers alongside lettuce because I don’t like the taste of most vegetables. While people are experimenting with their hairstyles, you could be experimenting with diets that could help you look even better than you already do. Which brings me onto my next point…
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3. Pick a workout routine you’re comfortable with
I like walking. It’s simple, it’s easy to do, and it keeps me outside, which I consider to be a luxury during all of this. I started with one mile, then I tried a mile and a half, and so on and so forth until I built myself up to walking around three miles a day. I tried running, it was terrible, so I stopped, I kept walking though. The most important thing to remember is that YOU need to be happy with what you’re doing, or you’re going to hate doing it.
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4. Stay positive!!!
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a six-pack. Getting in shape can have a huge impact on your mental state. You've completely changed your daily routine by eating different foods, and trying to shoehorn time to workout in your busy schedule, and you can't help but think about if you should even be using this time trying to get in shape, when you could be doing something more amusing like catching up with friends on Zoom or watching Tiger King. Maintaining a healthy mindset is a huge factor to the success of your efforts. If you're not in the right mindset to workout, then you won't want to, and once one part of the machine falls apart, the whole thing comes tumbling down with it. Stay focused on your goals, even if they seem out of reach, you'll be THAT much further towards achieving them if you do nothing at all.
5. Stay Motivated
When I stare down my goal of being 202 pounds by the end of the year, I can’t help but think that I chose too big of a goal, and that is typically the thing that takes the wind out of the sails of many a new year’s resolution. So how do I stay motivated to continue on my quest? Pokemon GO. Those tiny little pocket monsters have a wonderfully addicting feature that allows them to evolve if you’ve collected enough candies to power them up. How do you acquire them? By walking, of all things! They can also hatch from eggs, which also require walking a certain distance as well. Today, I just completed a 20 kilometer mission to evolve one of my Pokemon, and I use that as my motivation. If Pokemon doesn’t get you excited about getting fit, then maybe “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!”, or “Zombies! Run!” is a better “fitness app” for you
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6. Treat Yo Self!
If the Golden Girls have taught me anything, it’s that most of life’s problems can be solved with some cheesecake. If cheesecake isn’t your thing, then maybe it’s McDonald's, or some other unhealthy thing. There’s no shame in that, if anything, you can use that to your advantage. You can start holding yourself accountable for your actions by rewarding yourself with your favorite things. I pick up Taco Bell every Sunday because my weekend job is exhausting and the only thing I want is a bunch of low-quality trash that puts me in a food coma for a couple hours. To quote Tabitha Brown, that’s my business. Getting in shape doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything that you used to love to eat.
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Getting in shape is difficult, anyone that tells you that it isn’t is lying to you. It’s a process that involves physical and mental harmony. It’s possible, but don’t expect results in a day, or even a week, or even a month. These things take time, diets cost money, and life can still get in the way and screw it all and before you know it, you’re crying into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s that you’re eating with a serving spoon. It’s tough, life is tough, especially now, but if you’re able to keep at it for long enough, you’ll begin to see results. If you’re able to stay focused when you hit your first weight plateau, you’ll begin to see results. If you can keep a good mindset and take the good with the bad, you’ll begin to see results. So take this advice and start tomorrow. After all, everyone knows that you never start getting in shape on Day 1.
What are your tips for getting shape? Comment Below!