One of my cousins said something that’s struck a chord with me. He said that he didn’t want to be a 40 year old Dad. He’s 35 now with one kid and he was keen to start trying for his second kid this year. I asked him what he meant. He said he didn’t want to be too much older than he is now to go through the sleepless first six months of his next kid’s life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this since. If I had a kid this year, I’d be 39. When that kid is 10 years old, I’d be 49. If I carried on the way I’m going, I’d be 90kgs. My fighting weight is 70kg. I’d be 20kgs over this. That’s massive! It isn’t just the extra poundage, it’s all the other bad consequences that come with it. Like poor posture, which leads to back pain problems.
What got me here won’t get me there
I do watch what I eat and I do try to exercise regularly. I’ve tried all the diets that resonate with me, like low carb, Tim Ferriss’s slow carb diet, the steak and eggs diet. I tend to lose 3kgs when I do these. But they’re not sustainable beyond a few weeks. There’s always socials with friends and family and I also don’t want to give up foods and drinks I love for the rest of my life.
But the incontrovertible truth is that I’m overweight and not in good shape at all. In fact, measured by a fit person, I’m in bad shape. And what got me here won’t get me to where I want to go. Something has to change.
Rich Roll did it
Rich Roll was a successful lawyer. He was about to turn 40 and addicted to drugs and drink and one day, he struggled to get up some stairs. He knew he had to change, so the next day, he started a plant-based diet and started swimming and running. He turned himself into an ultra-endurance athlete. He’s 50 now and looks brilliant.
How can I solve this problem?
What do I want? I want to be in athlete-shape without giving up all the good things for forever. I know that I’ll have to reduce my food intake and also reduce junk food and things that taste immense. But I don’t want to do this too much. I want the balance. It might not exist, but I’ll try to see how much I can away with. I don’t want to go cold turkey on meat and things that taste great so I’m prepared to accept a trade-off.
Iterate to the end goal
The end goal is to be an athlete and to be strong enough and fit enough to thrive in my 40s and 50s and 60s. Can I be half as fit as Rich Roll or Marcus Bondi?
It has to be diet first and foremost. I’ve always shied away from a calorie-controlled diet but it has to be part of the answer. Even on the low carb diets above, I’ve never controlled my portion sizes or calories. It’s time to start.
I have to do some hard exercise too. Let’s start with 30 mins of cardio daily and 100 push ups (4 x 25 reps), 100 sit ups and 10 pull ups daily.
I’ll report back here.
How do you lose weight and get in shape? Let me know.