Exercise and diet, I mean. Here I am, a 48 year old man who had to buy a new pair of jeans. I hate buying jeans. I like to keep the old comfortable pair for years. Be that as it may, I am now the proud owner of a third pair. Why did I need them? Waist no longer fit. Too big. Back when I was in my early 20's, I was a 32 width and 32 length (yeah, short legs). But now it's down to 31 waist 32 length. And they're comfortable!
It's only been two freaking months of exercise so far, and diet control. What I'm doing for exercise is simple. Three times a week, I head to the Y and do 35 minutes of cardio first. I've been sticking to the elliptical - I set it to random and level 15, and whenever it gets to the highest or second highest intensity, I pour out everything I've got. This intense burst usually only lasts for 10 seconds, but every once in a while that sucker will put THREE together and so I'll have to go for 30 seconds all out. After the initial cardio, I do whichever machines for the day (one day chest/arms; one day legs; one day back). I top it off with 15 minutes of stair climbing. Just over an hour usually to get finished. It is one powerful stress-buster - and just three times a week makes it not TOO crazy.
And then the diet. Not just eating Atkins, but making four adjustments: 1) eat ONLY at meal time (except for #2); 2) eat one apple each afternoon; 3) only one glass of wine per day - and not before 7 and (here's the hard part) NO BEER. Sundays I ease up somewhat on these, but basically stick to it even then. 4) Drink no less than 96 oz of water per day. The result has been dropping five pounds in these two months - and generally FEELING great!
I know I've thanked him several times before, but let me say it one more time: Christopher Hall, God bless you for challenging me to get back to it! Fabulously fit by 50 is our goal; and with two months under the belt, I'm thinking it's actually going to happen. Sweet.