Many of my close friends are aware that I have been trying to get in better shape. It's a journey that I've been on for over a year now, and the results have been remarkable, if I do say so myself.
I've completely revamped my eating habits. I eat better food, more food and more often than I ever did before. Much to my surprise, I've developed a taste for oatmeal; I like it almost as much as I like fried bamboo grubs. Who could have foreseen this?
I also get in some exercise now. I have discovered "cardio." Mostly, I discovered that I don't like it, but that it does help burn off the fat. I also do resistance exercises and body weight exercises. To be more specific, I resist doing exercises; too much body weight.
Just kidding you. I really have lost over thirty pounds and have been able to keep it off. Pants that I couldn't fasten two years ago are now too loose. I don't even have to shop for bell-bottom shirts anymore.
My wife doesn't really have any stronger background in body building than I do, but she has been very supportive and willing to learn. I mentioned "six-pack abs" to her recently, and she said, "What are six-pack abs?" Boy, am I ever glad I married a girl who doesn't know what six-pack abs are!
I could have told her to google it, but I don't get a chance to show off every day, and we were alone in the house . . . So, I stood up, took off my shirt and pointed to the general area where I think six-pack abs might fit. Then I said, "See this? This is where six-pack abs belong, and this is also what six-pack abs don't look like!"
Still, she does her best to encourage me. She took my arm as we crossed the street the other day and said, "Is this where six-pack biceps would go?" If I ever doubted it before, I now knew I had a marriage made in heaven!
My goal is to continue gaining more muscle (or "lean mass," as it's called in the trade) until I reach a massive 135 pounds. And, as I said earlier, my success to date has been remarkable. Of course, I'm probably NOT gaining more muscle in the places where I'm gaining the most mass. If I am, then I must have the strongest belly button in the world!
I told you the results were remarkable!
PS Seriously, though, gaining, and maintaining, muscle is important for many reasons, probably the least of which is six-pack biceps! Or even six-pack abs, for that matter.
I'm not going to start on all the reasons that you should be devoting some serious effort to exercise; it's a long and complex subject that doesn't lend itself to wise cracks. But, if you email me, I'll be glad to send you a PDF copy of Tom Venuto's mini-course, Big Fat Lies. He'll give you a good introduction to why it is important to have an individualized nutrition and exercise plan – one that is designed to make a difference for you, no one else. None of these "ready made menu plans" from Tom; he empowers you, giving you the knowledge you need to design your own menus. (Hint: Bamboo grubs are not part of the plan, so relax.)
Better yet, order Tom's massive and best-selling eBook, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. It will give you the information that you need to break old habits, learn new tricks and avoid having your belly button the strongest part of your anatomy. So, don't start staring at your navel now; click here to order!