We all want it our way, right? That’s how I was years ago. My girlfriend and I at the time were fast food fiends, eating fast food sometimes on a daily basis. I was in high school at the time, so it was cheap and, of course, delicious. If we didn’t go for the cheap fast food, we’d splurge on Friday’s or Applebees — still, we’d get unhealthy food overall such as burgers, macaroni cheese bites, and so on. Fat packed, high glycemic carbohydrates galore!
But then one day it hit me. I had been in pretty decent shape at the inception of our relationship. I was going in the gym, eating right, watching myself and all. That’s one issue with relationships — many times, not always, people engaging in a relationship become overly comfortable with each other, so they stop watching their diet, their activity levels and their overall health. It’s a shame, really, as you should instead watch out for each other. We, of course, didn’t. Not caring tasted too delicious. Anyone who has ever had Wendy’s french fries knows this. But the habit had to be broken eventually.
I had ballooned up to almost 220 lb when I finally came to the realization of the situation at hand… so I took my hand off of the cheeseburger and buckled down. I was lucky enough that such a poor diet and lack of exercise at the time didn’t hurt my health much, as I’ve seen it hurt others in the past.
There was much I could do with ease to get back on the right track, and I had the right gym equipment and information to do so. But first and foremost, it was time to diet.
I cut my caloric intake, probably even too much, but I did it. Never over cut your calories, as this can have a negative effect on your body chemistry and hurt you in the long term. Plus, it could lower your metabolism, which is what you do NOT want to do to lose weight in a healthy, long-term manner. Regardless, I did. I cut out soda and sprung for water in the cafeteria at school, as well as grilled chicken sandwiches and grilled chicken salads. Prior, I had eaten mozarella sticks and mashed potatoes daily, which is chock full of saturated fats and unhealthy carbohydrates.
Next, I did start exercising, going to the gym a few days a week. Anything to increase my heart rate was done, including taking the stairs over the elevator wherever I was, doing push-ups randomly while playing video games or walking to and from a friends house that is within a certain distance rather than driving or being driven. Luckily, these are all things that anyone can do. You don’t need fancy gym equipment or state of the art technology to lose weight; rather, you just need confidence, fundamental information and yourself! Many popular workouts these days revolve around calisthenics and ballistic movements that utilize no weight, just yourself, so it can be done!
My advice overall: Watch yourself, especially when you’re in a comfortable relationship. It is the responsibility of both of you to watch out for each others’ health and well being overall. Fast food and dining out is fine, as long as what you get fits into your dietary regiment and has wholesome nutrients. If you go out, get a chicken caesar salad with some light dressing. Does this mean that you shouldn’t splurge for that juicy Jack Daniels cheddar cheese burger cooked medium rare with sweet potato fries on the side (Mouth is now watering…) or that Wendy’s cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink combo from time to time? No. You should also enjoy yourself, but it’s all about balance. Our issue was that we splurged too many times, not just sparingly.
With this, you can have your cake and eat it too (But only eat the cake literally once in awhile!)