Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I'm fat. (Note: that is not my belly pictured above... but it probably could be)

I'm not super "wow that guy's fat" fat, but I think I may be near the fattest I've been since I was a kid. Yes, I was a chubby kid. No, I don't want to show you pictures. I also was never skinny, but I've definitely been skinnier. Anyways, I was looking in the mirror yesterday and realized that I really let myself go. The worst part is it's my own fault.

I haven't been to the gym in almost 4 months, since I moved away from my old neighborhood. I used to go almost every day and now I NEVER go. It's the worst. I've been half-assed looking for a new one in my new hood, but have yet to come across something good. I really liked my other gym, it's just too far. I used to go all the time because it was around the corner from my pad. I need something like that again.

I also eat a lot these days (I think). I don't eat really terribly. I'm not really a big chocolate bars and chips kind of guy. I'm also not claiming to be the best eater though. For some reason though I find myself being hungrier than I usually am. Not sure why that is, but I'm sure that it's not helping my stomach.

On top of that, I'm sometimes too lazy to go grocery shopping and there's so many good places to eat just around the corner from my place. And when I say good places, I mean they're good in the "this food is probably bad for you but too delicious to care" kind of way.

Anyways, it's my fault and I need to do something about it.

After talking to a few friends (because if you know me, you know I like to joke about my fatness) I was given a few good ideas that are easy to do that can help me start. Of course, I'm going to start smaller than they suggested, but at least it's a start.

First is the easiest and most obvious ones for me. Puleen said that I should exercise and walk more. Well, I'm trying to find a new gym already, I just need to really do it already. (If anyone knows a good and affordable gym near King and Bathurst in Toronto please let me know in the comments). Also, I already do walk a lot. Usually if I can and have the time I walk everywhere. I even got my bike I've had since I was 14 fixed up a few weeks ago and I've started riding it around the city a lot too.

Sammie suggested a few quick and easy exercise I could do around the house. Sammie is the creator and owner of Booty Camp Fitness, so she probably knows what she's talking about. I'll also probably tap her for ideas once I get into a gym. Anyways, in case you're wondering, this is what Sammie recommends in Tweet form:

"just do a circuit in your living room, full body exercises. 4 sets each of body squats, jump squats, pushups and bicycle abs"

"10-20 reps each, 30 for the abs tho! Rest 1 minute between circuits. Better than nothing at all!"

While I can't guarantee I'll do them all the time, I'm going to make a conscious effort to try to do them when I can.

The last piece of advice I was given will be the hardest to do. Christine tells me that your metabolism slows down after 7pm (if you wake up around 7am) so you digest slower. She says I shouldn't eat after 7, but that's not going to happen. If I'm lucky on a good day I eat dinner before 830-9pm. So, what I'm going to try to do is not eat after 10pm. Maybe even earlier if I can. I'm usually awake for at least three hours after that anyways. At least it's a start.

Anyways, I thought if I wrote these things out and put them out there for people to see I'll feel more compelled to stick to these goals (even if no one reads this blog). And if anyone is reading and you're also feeling like me, I say try to do these easy things too.

Anyways, this came out a lot longer than I thought it was going to so I'm going to shut up now.

If you have any other REALLY easy to follow tips, by all means please leave them in the comments.