Getting Started and Nachos!

When I came to the ultimate decision to take back my health, I didn’t know what to do.  I was pretty sure sitting on the couch, reading fitness magazines while eating nacho cheese Doritos wasn’t going to be the way to do it.  So for those of you thinking about this method, it has been tested and proven not to work.

I was reading how cardio won’t help you lose weight, weight lifting will help you lose weight, High Intensity Interval Training is the way to go, cardio is the way to go, calories in calories out, Paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, vegan, vegetarian, Keto diet, and that’s just what I can remember off the top of my head.

After my head spinning so much I decided to google fitness and weight loss…..that was just a brilliant idea.  There were more sites by Internet Marketers and almost none from people who really wanted to help.  I found it very spammy and I felt dirty just searching through them.

Next, I went screw it, I cleaned the nachos off my clothes, got off the couch and got moving.  I have an old treadmill in the basement, I went down, blew the dust off and got started.

Needless to say, I wasn’t moving very fast.  I sit all day in a cubicle farm, come home to dinner, chat with the family about their days, go to my laptop to do more work, and then if time allows, watch some TV before bed.  I wore a pedometer once but it kept asking if I was alive due to the lack of steps I take.

It doesn’t matter that I grew up playing sports all through school and enjoyed being active when I was single, now I let other priorities take over and I wasn’t the person that I thought I was in my head.  So I decided step 1 was moving.

Let me build good habits by moving.  I wanted to get used to moving at least 4 times a week.  I wanted to move and feel good about it, now try to kill myself.  I wasn’t going to worry about food yet, or weight training, or anything else, I just wanted to get moving.  It worked.  I have now built into my habits that I have to move at least 4 times a week.  If I don’t, I don’t feel good.

I know getting moving started for me.  Maybe it will work for you too.

The FAT Plank

Don’t ask me why because I don’t have a good reason, but I always thought planks were for women.  Was I ignorant, maybe, unwise, probably, almost missed a good thing, certainly.  After listening to many people, (mostly women) about planks, I thought I would give it a try.

Step 1

I would start with a standard plank in the push up position.  This didn’t seem too hard and I had been starting to do some pushups so, I thought it would be easy.  I went online and did a google search for planks.  I read this great article about a woman who did a 2 minute plank every day for 10 days and the changes she saw in her workout.  Awesome, I could do this.  I get down into the pushup position, keeping the body level, start my timer and focus on keeping everything aligned and tight. As I concentrate on even breaths I can feel a slight tremor starting in my arms, it moves to a vibration and before long I’m shaking trying to hold this move.  I let go, drop to the floor and check my timer to see how well I killed this exercise.  Grabbing the timer I notice it says, 20 SECONDS, what the hell, it must be broken.  That was at least a minute if not a minute and a half. Stupid timer. 

Step 2

I decide to do a side plank and this time I will use my phone to time me since my timer is so obviously broken.  I get on my side, prop myself up, level out the body and start the cell phone timer.  Staying focused, staying tight, breathing, wait…wait, I can’t hold it any longer.  How much time was that? The cell phone says 15 SECONDS.  I’m starting to think some type of negative energy is messing with my equipment tonight because I know I lasted longer than 15 seconds.

Step 3

Time to complete the other side plank.  I must be up to four minutes by now, too bad nothing wants to time me correctly tonight, oh well, one more to go and I’m done.

Time to side plank the other side. This time, I will count using the old fashioned Mississippi method.  That should give me a better idea on how well I’m doing.  Ready and one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississ, Five Miss, Six, SevenEightNine and down I go.  Really, who can accurately count when you have to focus on so much during the move.

For the next few workouts I did planks, eventually getting up to thirty seconds on the first plank.  I can honestly tell you, I could feel this move in all different parts of my body.  Arms, legs, abs, chest and body parts I didn’t know I had.  If you want a safe move for people slightly over 29 try a plank, see what you can do.