Weight loss strategies
February 18, 2008 8:58 AM Subscribe
One hundred pounds overweight and 41. Will I ever get washboard abs again?
posted by stenoboy to health & fitness (24 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
OK, I've let myself go - badly. I used to be muscular, had washboard abs, 31-inch waist, and after ten years of depression and other difficult life stuff, I've put on 100 pounds and am basically a tub of wobbly lard.
And given that I'm getting no younger, I'm wondering if I'll ever be able to get fit and trim again. Every time I start a healthy eating and exercise program, I stay on it for about two months and then a holiday or a busy period at work sees the routine being broken and I just give up.
What I want to know is is it possible that I'll ever regain my athletic physique again or should I just accept I'll always be overweight? Has anyone ever lost 100 pounds and built muscle? If so, how did you keep doing it until the goal was reached? Does age play that much a part as all the health articles we read say they do?
I understand the hows are fairly simple: eat better food, fewer calories and get to the gym. Actually doing it is another thing. I don't want to eat mountains of tuna and chicken (as I used to), and getting to the gym on a regular basis seems much harder than it did 10-15 years ago.
In fact, with all things in life, if I'd just kept doing them I'd probably be hugely successful and probably much richer! I'd be able to speak Italian, have a few novels published, be a concert pianist etc etc (OK, a few dreams there perhaps!), but if I'd just been consistent in what I did, I wouldn't be in this state now.
So another question, I guess: how do you keep a project going, especially when it gets tough?