I refer to them as the “fluffy years” in a rather tongue in cheek manner, but the truth is that I was fat. No. I was fatter than fat. Standing at five feet six inches tall, I had stuffed my mouth (and everything else) to near the 200 pound mark. And that didn’t look good on me. When I made the decision to start taking off the weight, I knew it was going to be a process. And a process it was.
Well, in my case, it was two zeroes…with a two in front of it. And I wasn’t a happy person. In fact, I was surly, grouchy and hated just about everyone I came into contact with. I found myself making snarky, sarcastic comments about people who were more fit than I was – which, let’s face it, was just about everyone. I didn’t like myself, so I didn’t like other people either. Finally, I decided to make a commitment to my health. So, I did. Just like that.
I picked up an exercise program from Beach Body, called “Slim in Six” and began my rather lengthy trek to work off the fluff. This began my six-week commitment to burn the calories I had acquired over the years through careless eating and over-indulgence. And, by the end of this program, while my weight loss wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be – I mean, I wasn’t ‘slim’ yet – I had kicked off a few of the pounds I had packed on, and I noticed that I was happier to boot (thanks endorphins).
Next, I worked on Power 90 – Tony Horton’s flagship entry-level Beach Body program. I put myself through 90 days of exercise, committing to a six day per week, one hour a day interval, working out in the comfort of my own home. Finally, after three more months, I was ready to step it up. I was substantially in better shape than what I had been in years, and I had dropped over 25 pounds in the process.
Stepping it Up…Again
After completing Power 90, I finished one round of P90X (yes, again with the Beach Body stuff) and then a round of Insanity. By the time I was done, I was looking good. I was proud of myself. I had sweated off over 60 pounds of superfluous fluff, and was feeling lean, happy and more productive (I was even thinking more clearly) than I had in a long time. From 200 pounds to 140 pounds, using diet and exercise as my weapons of choice, I was proud of what I had accomplished.
However, it isn’t all sunshine and roses. My body type and my career can make it difficult for me to squeeze in workouts, and even easier to fall back into bad eating habits and making excuses to avoid working out. Since my body tends to pack on pounds easier than most, when I notice myself gaining back a little “fluff” I know it’s time to throw on the sneakers and get my sweat on. And, even after a brief hiatus fueled with poor excuses, I find myself back on the road to improving my fitness level, because I remember that summer bodies are usually always built in the spring. And I know that if I can accomplish all of this through diet and exercise, it’s possible for just about anyone else to do the same. After all, no one wants to re-live (or visit) the fluffy years, right?
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