Hitting the iron harder just isn’t cutting it for getting me in shape; which isn’t surprising, given that I’m about 50 lbs over my “goal” weight.
I’ve done karate for 15 years, just about, and was promoted to Master (4th degree blackbelt) in January. I’ve been overweight almost my entire life and god damnit, it’s time to LOOK like a Master. People look up to me because of the belt, because I help as often as I can, and have a different outlook on teaching due to my age. The problem is, sometimes it comes off as looking up to me because they’re “supposed to”.
Conditioning is decidedly NOT something people look up to me for and I want that to change.
My inability to achieve my conditioning goals is all the more frustrating because of how I was able to change my whole attitude and discipline to go from the kid who was asked to sit out by the end of most classes he went to to the young adult who is asked to teach/start most of the classes he goes to.
Today, I’m taking the first step to change all of this and starting the Velocity Diet. I’m already 2 shakes into the first day, and spent my workouts this last week getting my weights locked in. I decided to go with the beginner workout because of annoying back pain and joint tightness and inflexibility in some areas.
If all goes to plan, there won’t be a single part of me that DOESN’T feel better.
I’ll post all my measurements/weight tomorrow since I have to go get a ruler apparently and I prefer to weigh myself at the gym. In the meantime, here are my “before” pictures (Don’t mind the girliness of the room, these were taken in my girlfriend’s dorm):
And my board of reminders and shake-tracking (complete with inspirational quote from his holiness, The Shugart):
Here’s to hoping that my gut calms down as it gets used to actually taking all my supplements regularly. Got myself a 5-compartment dohickey which is fairly simple… Each section has an open and a closed end.
Any open end screws into any closed end, with a screw-on lid. Load up each compartment at night with the pills for each shake the next day, take the pills on the top of the stack, and put the now-empty slot on the bottom so that the top slot is always my next shake’s pills.
I’ll keep you updated, and hopefully by April 12 I’ll be popping woodies when I see myself in the mirror!