My Renewed Effort to Get Fit and Blog More

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog post as a long-overdue update to a previous post sharing my desire to get fit again. Unfortunately, I did not get around to publishing that follow-up post.

Here’s what I said in that May 26, 2016 unpublished private post:

Last summer, I blogged about my plan to get fit again with calisthenic exercises. I explained that a previous injury had sidetracked my workout efforts.

 

I intended to start an ambitious workout plan that consisted mainly of push ups and pull ups. In addition, I planned to provide frequent updates regarding my weight loss and fitness progress.

 

Well, it’s worth noting that while I did commence my calisthenics program, I had to stop after a few days due to a strain in my shoulder and back.

 

Since then, I have tried dieting at least twice, and I managed to lose weight only to gain it back.

 

Then I think I sort of gave up on exercise and gave into carbs. The careless consumption of carbohydrates [and junk food] led to more unwanted weight. Stress had a lot to do with it too—but that’s another story outside the scope of this post.

 

With that said, I am happy to report that I finally made some lasting progress.

 

In April 2016, I started watching my caloric intake and eating a bit healthier—just a bit. In fact, I’ve lost 13 ½ pounds since then.

 

I should note, however, that when I tried to start working out again last summer I was 171 lbs and my waist was 39 inches. In April 2016, when I started keeping track of my diet I weighed 181.5 lbs and my waist had ballooned to 42 inches.

 

currently weigh 167 lbs and my waist is 38.5–so I’ve reduced my waist by 2.5 inches since last month.

 

In addition, I recently started working out again, and I don’t feel the straining that I did last time. On a test day, I managed to do 5 sets of 10 push ups rather comfortably. I felt better than I expected. I could have done more repetitions per set, but I was very concerned about injuring myself.

 

A few days later I was able to do a few sets of crunches. I did 5 sets of 20 repetitions. I noticed, however, that the weight around my midsection prevented me from performing the crunches with the control and form that had always been second nature.

 

I was huffing and puffing while doing the crunches.

 

Yeah, things have gotten that bad.

 

While I am happy about the weight loss and smaller waistline, I must admit that it has taken much longer to lose than I expected. I have always taken pride in being able to gain and lose very quickly. I still have the willpower, but I’ll have to be more patient and take things slowly.

 

In any event, I wanted to provide an update—although it is long overdue.

 

Better late than never, right?

 

I hope to provide another update when I can, so please check back to see if I can transform this tire around my midsection into a granite six pack.

While I have worked out quite a bit with weights since writing that post in May 2016, I have gained a significant amount of weight.

My weight has soared to over 200 lbs. This time around, however, I was in a “bulking” phase, and I did gain more muscle.

I am currently 188 lbs., but I still have too much belly fat. Way too much!

Now, this is my renewed effort to get fit–and to blog more consistently about my fitness goals, challenges and progress.

I really hope that I’ll be able to stay on track and provide regular updates.

Stay tuned.

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Steven Rangel is a professional who currently resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife. In his spare time, he likes to blog about culture, nature, art, science, fitness, and technology.
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