Exercise and a healthy diet remain important

It’s not that long ago that I signed up. My weight has been increasing for several years. I was at an age where people are becoming more aware of the negative effects of being overweight on their health. I was by far the heaviest I’ve ever been. And in turn, I wasn’t in the best physical shape.

I was serious about the promise. Of course, a change in diet was essential. I resorted to healthier choices and smaller portions. Exercise was paramount. I crawled out of the sack at daybreak and either went for a hike or rode my bike regularly.

My efforts were not without reward. I tapped off an excess of 60 pounds. With this transition came a noticeable drop in blood pressure and a significantly slower heart rate. I had a lot more energy than I had experienced in several years.

At some point, however, I fell off the train. Occasional cheat days became more and more consistent to the point that I didn’t even consider the quality or quantity of the food I was putting into my system. I became lazy and exercise was no longer a priority.

These habit changes were anything but healthy. In fact, they were exactly the recipe for the lifestyle I had worked so hard to overcome.

The pounds slowly piled on again. And with that weight gain came the same issues and concerns that I had experienced prior to the above commitment.

But there were a few new problems. A previous knee injury had reared her ugly head. I got older too. And as we all know, losing weight is becoming more of a challenge every year.

However, I am not one to let the norm dictate my actions or decisions. That being said, I recently made another commitment. Although not at 100%, my knee was significantly better. I was far from immobilized. In fact, I was still quite active. But what would life be like in five years? That was, in my opinion, the most important question of all. It was obviously time to get off my keister and get back in shape.

Of course, my eating habits had to be addressed. Thankfully, I’ve always been a fan of oatmeal. And there are other healthy breakfast options that I like too.

Of course, there are many options for a low-calorie and healthy lunch. And so far I’ve had my fair share of tuna and turkey. There are healthy alternatives to chips. And fruit is enough if I have a craving for sweets.

Dinner is the most anticipated meal of the day as it promises the most variety. A majority of these meals revolve around fish, seafood, or poultry. But grilled beef and pork also finds its way onto the table from time to time.

I have no problem with steamed veggies, and it’s practically un-American not to like salad. And while it’s quite high in calories, I’m definitely fine with reasonable servings of beans and potatoes.

Ok, the food hasn’t been a big problem so far. But what about the consistent exercise regiment? Well, I personally find exercise a lot less challenging than eating consistently healthy.

I’ve been cycling regularly for three weeks. However, my performance has proven a little disappointing considering 50 and 60 mile rides were not out of the question just a few years ago.

But that’s okay because I know I’m on the right track. And I’m also confident that trips to the Tower and the West Mountains will only be a few weeks away.

Yes, I am already considering a 30 mile ride in September. And I certainly expect my weight loss before the end of the year. But I’m also very aware that I’m not getting any younger. And it’s obviously not getting any easier to get back in shape.

It is therefore important to dedicate yourself to exercise and the right diet over the years.

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