The best-laid (exercise) plans of mice and men
December 27, 2010 8:22 AM Subscribe
Vanityfilter: Smart, busy people of Metafilter, how did you get in incredibly good (looking) shape?
If you have ever been in incredible shape, how did you accomplish it? (“incredible shape” - you looked really, really good with your shirt off. You had a body that you were happy to show off at the beach).
-What was your exercises plan?
-What did you eat? What was your eating schedule?
-What was your overall plan? What combo of eating / exercising / other stuff worked for you?
-How tough was it? Did everything fall into place fairly simply once you got the diet / exercise combo right? Or was it a constant struggle requiring monk-like devotion to accomplish?
-Where did you find your motivation? Any advice for sticking with a regimen mostly for looks?
-How did you balance it with your job and your life? (bonus points for addressing 9-5 office jobs)
Obviously, there isn't a single correct answer. I want to hear many people’s experiences with getting into really, really good-looking shape. You may define ‘in shape’ however you like - muscular, thin, etc. Either way, I want to hear your experience. This question is about appearances, not about getting healthy or psychoanalyzing me, so please no derails about body acceptance.
Background: I’ve worked out consistently for 5 years and had results that I’m happy with. I occasionally go on a tear and get in REALLY good shape, but as with all fitness plans I eventually plateau. I’m gearing up to go on another tear, and I’d like to hear how others have gotten into really, really, ridiculously good shape so I can gather ideas for how to outdo myself this time around.