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!