This unflattering image is here simply to establish a starting point on my journey back to fitness. You see, the sad reality of human physiology has caught up with me. When you’re a 53-year-old man, the combination of couch-potato-itus and overeating invariably lead to an unsightly gut.
But what’s really driving this is the fact that I have inherited by family’s tendency to have high blood sugar and need medicine to control diabetes. After a check up a number of years ago, I found that I weighed around 200 pounds and was on the verge of being diabetic.
I immediately began working out regularly and eating right. I didn’t really enjoy the discipline, but I stuck with it. I lost weight, felt better and brought my blood sugar levels into a healthy range.
You probably know what happened next, right?
Over time, I stopped working out. I stopped eating smart. Now I’m back to 192 pounds and have re-acquired the belly fat that seems to an engine for all sorts of ills.
So yesterday, I worked out for the first time in a long time. I’m cutting out the sweets and carbs. And I hope to re-establish a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain over the long haul.
Maybe I’ll give you an update from time to time. Sound good?
Any tips or suggestions on what has helped you get fit and stay fit?