Fitness Specter 1

Welcome to the inaugural column for Fitness Specter, my very own fitness blog/column.  This is where I’ll talk to you about how to pump up, get fit, and you can come along on my journey to become the best that I can be.  That means I’m going to be passing along what I learn as I learn it… interested?  Let’s go.

The first and most important thing to know is: nutrition is king.  If you aren’t eating right, very little of what you do will get you fit.  Eating right is paramount to doing anything in the right direction of getting fit.  The best way to eat healthy is to follow NDnuTricias food blog.  Click the name to go there, she’s got a lot of great recipes and all of them are free of “crap contents” like high fructose corn syrup and over processed ingredients.

In fact, let’s use this as the first step for everything I’ll be talking about.  I’ll begin at the beginning of my very interesting journey.

My wife started walking in November of 2012.  I joined her with walking but we both started dieting, and I use that word in the “lifestyle change” sense, in March of 2013.  We started eating smaller portions, which was my major issue, removing highly processed ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, and increased our vegetable intake by a lot.  I have a personal rule, at the moment, of eating at least 50% of a vegetable at a meal.

This allowed my wife to lose 60+ pounds, with me losing 97 pounds.  Just walking and eating.  Think you can do at least that much?

Eating right has been the most important part of what I’ve done to be fit.  I eat other things, fast food and sit down restaurant places, and always choose the healthiest option.  There are times when I just want a greasy burger, or some fries, but for the most part, I’m on the straight and narrow.

I changed my lifestyle, eating and working out, because I woke up one morning and literally uttered the words “I’m tired of being fat.”  If you can wake up and decide you want to do something to change the way you’re living, this column will be a good place to start.  I’ll talk about working out in a great many columns but I needed to start out with the foundation of this whole thing: eating better.

Americans eat like shit.  That’s the most vulgar thing I’ll say in my column because it’s the honest truth.  We eat high volumes of high fructose corn syrup (it’s in everything: soda, butter, bread, ketchup, cookies, crackers, cereal, and more).  Don’t believe me?  Go to your cupboard right now and look at the ingredients of something you’ve never looked at before.  I’ll wager a guess that unless you’re already “eating clean,” at least half of your cupboard (or more than half) has high fructose corn syrup in it.  Why does bread need that crap?  No, really, why?

Start eating healthy.  Join me in fitness.