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Jun 10, 2019 23:06:06

I Wanna Be Fit, But I’m Kinda Lazy

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Nick Simard

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My wife is in crazy good shape. She works her ass off at the gym and eats waaaaaay more healthy than I do. She gets more sleep than I do too.

I like shooting hoops at the gym and don’t mind treadmill and bike. I don’t do much with weights or get into squats, chin-ups, etc, etc. I know I should, in addition to eating better.

I say that I “want” to be fit, and of course who doesn’t, but I don’t know if I’m really motivated enough to get there. I’ve seen how much work my wife had to put into it, and her body is pretty naturally inclined to build muscle. She has a 6-pack…something that I just don’t know if I’ll ever have in my whole damn life.

Last year I’d lost 18 pounds doing the keto diet for about 40 days or so. It was awesome! For a while I mostly kept it off, and then fairly recently I packed on the pounds again. It’s too late for THIS summer, but I sure would like to be able to take my shirt off and feel even remotely like I’ve got a masculine upper body.

Not so much. While my wife seems to swing towards the muscular side, I feel like I’ve got some extra estrogen or something kicking around in my body that makes it easy to get the love handles and “moobs”.

In about 2 weeks we’ll be spending a couple of days in Mexico, where food and drink will no doubt be in abundance. I’d like to think that when I get back I can kick my ass into shape in July/August but I don’t know if I have it in me.

If I had to give odds, there’s probably something like a 25-30% chance that I’ll end up doing anything that produces results. It sucks, but I know me.

Unless I finally stop making excuses and just friggin' do it. I’m almost 40 years old (well, next March). It sure would be nice to roll into my 40s in the best physical condition that I’ve ever been in.

We’re trying to get our finances and eating in check. Can I really do the fitness/exercise thing at the same time as all of that? We’ll see, I guess.

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    @nicksimard - I feel you on this one. My son is the fit one. Many years of gymnastics and an unwillingness to shove food in his mouth along the way has made his six-pack come naturally. I got close in college -- but still never felt lean. However, now, I'm taking a different approach after, like you say, knowing and accepting myself.

    #100 days of sweat -- the only thing you have to do any day is break a sweat with physical activity. 17 days later, I'm going farther and doing more. I'm in no rush and don't have any number goals. I am just going to break my sweat and stop if I want. I started out doing about 500 meters on the rowing machine, and did 3,000 yesterday. Likewise, the first sweat getting back on the bike took all of 5 minutes -- today, I went 25 minutes.

    I've been in shape enough before to ride double-centuries on the bike, but again, like you, I realized I didn't want to keep up the hard effort every weekend to stay in that kind of shape. So I gave it all up. No regrets, but I think I'll avoid throwing out the baby with the bath moving forward.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 25, 2019 21:03:10
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    @nicksimard I would recommend starting with 1. sleep 2. diet 3. exercise/activity in that order. Sleep is the foundation that drives so many other behaviors. If you have a poor night of sleep, it affects your energy and hormones and makes all the other things that much harder. Once you get that dialed in, then you can focus on eating and determine what works for you. Finally, improving sleep and diet will naturally give you more energy, which will make it easier for you to want to be more physically active. We need to work on that mindset of 25-30% "I know me." There are other great suggestions in the comments.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 07:10:39
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    @nicksimard building up on what Gabriel and Craig said, trust the process. Not all people are the same, and you most likely still have to find what works for you. When you do, that should help you keep motivated.

    Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | Jun 11, 2019 06:00:07
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    @nicksimard it sounds like you have a good foundation to make it work. Motivation is fickle - stick to routines and habits. You’ve done 23 days of writing in a row, why not add 10 press ups before you start?

    As Gabriel says, it’s a lifestyle change. Start small and add to it. Ask your wife for help and encouragement.

    Good luck.

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Jun 11, 2019 07:40:15
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    @nicksimard People always say this because it's so true: it's a lifestyle change. The food, the routine, the sleep, the hydration. I'm in a similar boat you're in and find it tough to change because it's not just one thing you need to start doing, it's that unforgiving combination. It does yield results though!

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 11, 2019 08:26:31
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