I’ve been on my latest physical activity stint since just after Christmas in 2006. I exercised during my first big weight loss push (when I went from 419.2 pounds down to 232), but all I did during that period was walk 2 miles every day.
For the record, let me stop right here and say that for most people walking 2 miles a day is probably the best way to get exercise in and promote weight loss. Most people seem to think that in order to lose weight you have to go to the gym or get some kind of home fitness equipment. This is untrue. Don’t get me wrong – a gym membership and regular routines with a personal trainer will certainly give you a much more balanced and focused workout, but if all you have the time for is a 2 mile walk every day it’s more than enough to kick start your metabolism and lose weight.
I pretty much stopped exercising for most of 2005 and 2006. I played some lip service to it occasionally, but my workouts were not consistent at all. Not surprisingly I put on a good deal of weight during this period and shot back up to around 289 pounds. Recognizing that I was on the way back up at a fairly rapid pace I re-focused at the end of 2006 and started working out regularly with Yourself! Fitness. I eventually worked my way up to a point when I was working out with Maya (the personal trainer in Y!F) an hour a day, six days a week.
Then I got cast in Gorey Stories. I’m pretty sure anyone who has ever done a show as an adult will back me up when I say that keeping a regular workout routine while you’re doing one is a huge pain in the ass. I didn’t stop completely, but my workouts got much less frequent. Once you get knocked out of a good workout routine it can be a bitch to get back into it, and to date I still haven’t gotten back to a regular “six one hour day” week.
Part of the problem there is that I’m bored with Y!F.
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