I lost the genetic lottery, being born in a family predisposed to obesity and all the ailments of fat people. Weight has been a constant battle for me but I’ve been fat for most of my life.
I can only remember five times when my body mass index was within normal for my height – childhood until Grade 3 (before I had to puff steroids for my asthma), a brief month-long stretch after a bout of dengue fever when I was 14, three years in college, a brief spell around my graduation from master’s, and during my wedding.
It was a battle getting my weight down (and I have succeeded most times) but I am too darn lax/stressed/depressed to keep it down for longer stretches. And it’s pretty tough to beat science without effort (something to do with the body being used to having that many big fat cells). Body type’s a bitch too, being a pudgy endomorph.
Now that I’ve breached the damn 3-oh mark, I don’t need a doctor to tell me that I should be taking care of myself a tad more. But despite the big scare earlier this year, I chomped my way to being 20 lbs overweight just more than a month. Just around that time, my wife and I were starting to get excited with the prospect of getting our own place and investing to fund our travel plans.
That’s when the proverbial moment of clarity struck: I got to live to enjoy that.
And one thing that would help me reach that is to get myself healthy. So on to my hopefully final effort to get my weight down. In previous efforts, I had to rely mainly on dieting mainly through calorie counting. I did stretches of taking in less than 1,300 calories a day and that helped me drop pounds quick. It was tough, constantly minding what I can and can’t eat.
Now, however, I decided that diet wouldn’t be my way to go anymore. I’ll stick to my allowable 1,700 daily calorie (which meant I could eat five small meals a day without fussing too much about how many calories eat bite would pack) but introduce myself to a daily workout regimen. Besides, science has proven that physical activity is better than dieting alone. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) helps remedy heart and blood chemistry issues.
It’s been a bit over a month since I’ve started doing circuit training and low-impact HIIT and I haven’t really lost much weight. I was only able to lose half-a-pound a week on average. I was able to lose 1 to 2 lbs a week doing the diet thing. So weight-wise and shape-wise, it seems that I’m not getting results. It’s now a matter of convincing myself that this is for the long haul and that I shouldn’t be it for instant results.
The good thing is that I do feel myself getting stronger and that my cardio has improved as I’ve finally gotten my legs back to power my three-point shots during our weekly basketball games and that sprinting up and down the court’s not that big a deal anymore.
I’m glad that I’m able to keep it up for this long despite work-life balance being perennially wrecked by work. Hopefully, I can power on through.