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66 Days to Finding Fitness: No Amount of Cardio Will Hide a Bad Diet

66 Days to Finding Fitness: No Amount of Cardio Will Hide a Bad Diet

Habits are nasty beasts.  We form habits by continually making decisions toward one reality or another.  When we constantly make a choice we become accustomed to making that choice.  After a period of making a particular choice over and over again it becomes a habit. Once a habit forms it becomes very difficult to break. I myself have struggled with eating too much food through the day and anyone who knows me well would know this to be true. Therefore, 66 days ago I set out to lose weight and form new habits. During my personal research I found it to be true that it takes 66 days to actually form a new habit.  How did I do?? 

Well, I started out this journey at 194 pounds.  

Now, after adjusting my diet and exercising I weighed in at 179 after roughly 66 days.  I found that 80 percent of my weight came from food control and 20 percent of my weight loss came from exercising.  I found that you cannot out-train a bad diet.  This means that no matter how many hours you spend walking, running, or weight training it means nothing if you make bad choices in the food arena. I found that the weeks I controlled my eating and did not work out I lost more weight than the weeks that I worked out more and made moderate indulgences. 

Sometimes a bet with a family member is key to losing weight.  My father-in-law, Jeff Garcia, challenged me to 10 pounds weight loss every three weeks for nine weeks equaling 29 pounds lost.  Every pound under the 29 pounds I pay him $5 dollars and ever pound over 29 he pays me $5 dollars.  This has proved effective to helping me with my habits. I am almost halfway there. This challenge has helped me stay true to a good diet and, ergo, losing weight.  

My ultimate goal is 155 and I am halfway there.  Stay tuned as I continue my journey to 155 pounds.  

Check out my before and after shots!

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