Getting Fit Without Going Near the Gym
Depending on how much credence you give the BMI scale, I am a little bit overweight. Iâ€™m not buff, Iâ€™m not ripped, or anything even remotely like it.
Before you hit that little cross in the top right window though, let me explain something. Six months ago I weighed around 300lbs, didnâ€™t exercise, and I smoked â€“ not the most healthy person in the world, eh?
Well, after a rather life changing event (including becoming basically homeless for a week) I decided that it was time to fix my life up, get in shape and basically make having one of the heart attacks that plague my family a little less likely.
First things first, my diet had to change. Gone were sausage sandwiches, full-fat coke, tubes of Pringles (at damn near 1000 calories a go!) and the rest, instead replaced with something that looked a little like this:
- Breakfast: Fruit. Either apples or grapes. Natural sugars and vitamins to start the day.
- Lunch: A jacket potato crammed with either salad or beans.
- Dinner: Chicken with mixed veg, rice/pasta.
- Snacks: Either Yoghurt or fruit if I got peckish between meals
- Drinks: Diet Pepsi, black coffee and Peppermint tea
Hilariously, I used to think that my old diet wasnâ€™t bad; looking back I can see I was wrong! The above diet is a rough guideline, and I balance it each day â€“ for example, if I have a potato for lunch Iâ€™ll cut back on carbs for the rest of the day.
I still have the occasional treat of course: On cold morning Iâ€™ll have a bacon roll or bagel for my breakfast, and occasional trips to the Chinese donâ€™t do too much damage so long as youâ€™re good. On the weekends my girlfriend and I still have a cooked breakfast as well â€“ remove the fat from bacon and use a fry spray instead of oil and you can still lose weight. Iâ€™ve lost 100lbs this year, so believe me, I know it works!
When it comes to exercise, I do all sorts. When I first started my diet I was living in a place that happened to have an exercise bike in it, and spending two hours a week on that combined with the diet meant that I soon shifted a few stones in weight â€“ that exercise bike was my best friend during the early days of the diet!
Unfortunately when I moved the bike couldnâ€™t come with me, so instead I started riding the pushbike that I had invested in almost a year before but never used. I tried to cover 30 miles a week if I could, riding every opportunity I got, but as the winter begins to set in Iâ€™m finding this less and less possible (and more dangerous!), so in an effort to keep up the work but also keep my body on its toes, I have started weight lifting â€“ a few curls and presses in your bedroom every night can really keep your body in shape, especially as lifting weights keeps your metabolism up for hours after youâ€™ve finished. Iâ€™m a busy fella, but I always make a point of finding a couple of hours to get a bit sweaty (working out, you filthy devils).
Iâ€™ve lost around 100lbs so far this year and I havenâ€™t been anywhere near a gym. I might be wobbly and still not in exactly perfect condition, but Iâ€™ve come a hell of a long way from where I was, and you can do it as well if you want it enoughâ€¦