I’ve struggled with weight for a long time. Not majorly. I don’t know how hard it is to be significantly overweight, but rather I’ve hovered around 25-35 pounds overweight most of my adult life. My belly comes and goes. It’s not the worst. I’m probably average or a little below average for my age. But this belly has stayed for a while. I’m fluctuating between 185 – 190, My heaviest is 205. I’d like to be 165. It’s realistic. Guys with my similar build and height weigh that. But I can’t seem to get there.
Is there a secret? Obviously there’s not a miracle cure. I’m not asking for a fat removal cream or a grapefruit diet. I’m realistic. I know what it takes. But I don’t know how to achieve that. I honestly believe the road to losing weight is hard work and determination. Eating better and exercising regularly, minimizing the alcohol, minimize the sugar, etc. I get that those decrees will get me lighter, but that doesn’t really help me much. I’ve known that for years. I was a personal fitness trainer for almost two years.I know the answers to the written portion of the test.
My struggle is that I don’t know how to make myself do those things I know to do. So, those things become goals themselves instead of tools. It’d be like if I had a problem and the only solution involves a jackhammer. Okay, cool. But I don’t know how to use a jackhammer. So, learning to use the jackhammer is now a goal I must accomplish along my way to accomplishing my other goal. Of course, I’d most likely use a work around and hire someone who both had a jackhammer and knew how to operate one. But I don’t have the money to do that. If I had the money to hire a dietician and a personal trainer, I would. That would be one of the first purchases I made if I somehow landed myself a boatload of cash. Most things are easier with money. I could be 165 if I made six figures.
So, my question is, how do I make myself do the things I know I need to do with a very small budget? Not miracle cures, but tricks and procedures.
If you wanna learn improv comedy, I can teach it to you. I’ve been teaching for eight years. I know how to break down that process into fun things to do that will teach people to be good improvisers. I know what exercises to make you do and how to make them fun to do and what to ask you about them afterwards. You will learn to be a good improviser if you let me show you.
Are there fun ways to lose and keep off excess weight? Other than hiring people to make sure you do everything correct, is there something we can learn ourselves? And if there is not, then what is self discipline? Can I get more of it? Can I strengthen it? Because right now it feels pretty impossible to get motivated to do anything, let alone eat better.
The overall point of this post is to illustrate the differences in providing tools vs. providing more tasks. If anyone out there has a tool you can give me to slim down, I’d really appreciate it.