|I think you have to put on a sad face for|
the "before" photo right?
Anyway, this is my shame post. My admission of where I am fitness-wise and what I look like without a flattering camera angle, sucked in gut, good lighting or an Iron Man mask. I have to admit, it is good to start at the bottom (Good grief, I hope this is my bottom, no pun intended) and after a trip to south Georgia. I have plenty of room for improvement and have been eating even worse than usual for the past week so I'm ready to see some weight loss right away just by not eating a butter based diet. I guess I'll have to cut down on beer as well (I'm assuming straight grain alcohol will still be fine).
|That's J Bean holding my belly.|
|From left to right: my bicep, my waist,|
my belly, my butt, my chest. All but my
bicep are longer than my daughter is tall.
First things first. Diet change. I haven't decided exactly what I'm doing yet so I'll cut back on carbs and processed foods hardcore and cut out most beverages outside of water. I also will begin making small changes in how I get around and try to do some extra walking/jogging until I can get something I can use at the house. I already have a membership at the local Y, but I have to admit it has been very difficult for me to find the time to get up there without cutting into the small amount of time I get to see VV in the evenings which is not really the way I want to go. I think if I can get a routine going at home, especially one that allows me to interact online, listen to music and/or watch TV is what will be effective to me. It's boredom more than exhaustion that gets to me during cardio.
Any tips and suggestions are appreciated and encouragement is needed. If you would like to join in the fun and make a change in your life then please feel free to update here or on my FB wall. I'm leaning toward Mark Bittman's VB6 plan (vegetarian before 6pm) anyone tried it or know anything about it? What have you had success with? Thanks for reading and your continued support! I will update regularly, but not too often as no one wants to be spammed with pictures of my big belly. I do feel, however, that this remains with the theme of DOTR as being healthy, presenting a good example for your children and taking steps to ensure we'll be around for them for a long time are all parts of being a great parent. Have a great day, Parenting Partners!
Update 9/28: I haven't given a Chuck the Chunk update in a while. I haven't been doing a whole lot other than eating better and snacking less especially. I'm down 12lbs since I started (woohoo!). I'm about to step it up though, I've got an elliptical machine to put together today. It says, "some assembly required" which is like putting a tag on a live chicken that says, "may require some preparation before eating." Mmmm chicken... Stay strong, Dad.