During high school I was not the most athletic. To be honest, I ate way more than I should and did not move nearly as much as I should have. Slowly through high school my weight creeped up to 215 pounds… and not of muscle! The summer before college I started running because I thought that I wanted to join the Air Force ROTC. That meant that I HAD to run.
While I did not continue with the AFROTC, I did continue to run throughout college. I also began to watch my food intake. I would mentally and sometimes physically write down each calorie I consumed and how many I burned for the day (this was before cool phone apps). I didn’t really have a weight loss goal, but I started dropping the pounds. By the end of my first year of college I lost somewhere in the ballpark of 30-35 pounds. I continued this trend throughout the rest of my undergraduate and into my graduate studies.
As I did this, I DID NOT spend half of my day in the gym nor did I give up every sugar containing goodness that came my way. I simply watched my caloric intake, ate more whole food and plant based diet, and increased my physical activity. It took personal decision and commitment to change many habits , but it is not something out of reach for anyone wanting to improve their health.
To date I have lost a total of 56 pounds or so. Looking back this is the advice I would give to anyone looking to improve their physical fitness or lose some lbs…
1. Write down your physical fitness goal. New PR, lose weight, run further.
2. Use a colorie counter to track you daily calorie intake. You WILL be surprised what you eat. Myfitnesspal is a great one.
4. Consume more plants! (beer is from a plant….right!?!)
3. Move more/Watch less TV
4. Tell someone your goals. Accountability sucks, but in a good way.
5. Have fun and find physical activity that both challenges you and you find fun doing.
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