Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eating Differently and Moving More Intensly

When Allison was in law school I hung out with my friend Jeff quite a bit. We rode mountain bikes, got coffee, and talked a lot about God and fitness. As I look back on those days I now realize that when Jeff and I rode mountain bikes he probably felt as though we were crawling through molasses (I'm not getting into my first mountain bike excursion with Jeff here on the blog).

As I began to lose weight and get faster on the bike and on foot, people would often ask me "what have you done to lose all that weight." Regularly I would tell them exactly what Jeff used to say to me when I would ask him where I needed to start: "eat less and move more." Everyone wanted a secret formula to how I had lost 40 pounds in 2 months. But there wasn't one. I simply at about 25% less than what I had been eating in the first month and in the second month I added running about 10-15 miles per week. That's it.


As you can read here and here, I made some adjustments to my fitness and health plan at the first of the year. This time it wasn't really how much I was eating, it was what I was eating. After making these changes and increasing the intensity during my time at the gym, I have really made some strides when it comes to my body. As of last Friday I was down to 179 pounds (down 18 pounds from 197 pounds) and 15.1% body fat (down from probably at least 22%).


I don't write this to brag. I simply write this to tell people that it can be done. With some effort in your eating habits and additional effort in the gym or on the streets of your neighborhood, you can change the way you look and feel.


Is it easy? No. Does it hurt at the gym? Yes. Is it worth it? To me, absolutely!


Have you made any significant changes or commitments to your health lately? How are they coming along?

10 comments:

Unknown said...

Rock it, J Bussell! You are inspiring others to get with the program ... namely, me!

J Bussell said...

Thanks! I'm proud of the changes and the strides you've made in just a few weeks. Keep it up!

Honeybee said...

"Eat less, move more." Short but empowering statement. Thanks for the sharing.

Best,
Honeybee
http://healthybeautifulblog.blogspot.com/

J Bussell said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Honeybee.

Hannah and Hunter's mom said...

Way to go! That is great. It is because of you and Allison that I run and go to the gym. You are always so encouraging. Keep up the good, hard work.

David Haas said...

Hi,
I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?
David

J Bussell said...

Thanks, Heather. You too!

J Bussell said...

Thanks for stopping by, David. What's your question?

Michael said...

Great post. I wished more people were intentional with their health. I am a firm believer that God gave us our bodies and it is our responsibility to do everything we can to keep them healthy.

J Bussell said...

Thanks, Michael. You've been a great influence and encouragement to me!