I’ve been perfectly square for the last 15 years or so. By that, I mean that my inseam exactly matches my waist size, which is 34″.
Being 34″ X 34″ all these years has been a product of some hard work, but also some heavy eating. Like all of you out there, I love to eat. And have a few beers. There is a daily soft drink typically thrown into the mix. Ugh. Liquid poundage. Same with the beers.
Lately, I have been leaning more toward wine at dinner rather than beer. A dietitian recently reached out to me through LinkedIn to trade some marketing services in exchange for some dietary advice. So I keep lurching toward a better approach to eating to go along with a balanced fitness routine that includes running, cycling, swimming, weight work and yoga.
I’d like to lose the few pounds of fat around my waistline. It built up over time and is quite stubborn. Much of it is the product of a lower metabolism with age. But it has not caused my pants size to go beyond 34″ at the waist. I have only panicked once about that, a few years back, when I was under a ton of stress and my comfort food intake shot up due to multiple levels of caregiving.
Foundationally, the process toward healthy weight loss begins with strength work. That is, building up the smaller leg and joint muscles that carry me through all the running and cycling. I have some biomechanical issues that require strength to support them. It’s a combination of a long athletic career and pursuant age.
Recently we joined a new fitness center that has a ten-lane pool, a 200-meter indoor track and quite adequate weight room facilities. It’s only three miles from the house and thus a logical way to carry a routine of fitness through winter.
I want to manage weight but not lose a ton of it. To get too lean as you age makes for a wizened look. If you’re a guy with buzzed silver hair like me, and lose too much weight, people ask if you’re sick or something. That’s not the image I want, or anyone for that matter.
Rather a healthy, happy fitness for the rest of my life. That’s my goal. Compete and enjoy. And stay square. Living by the rulers.
How about you? What’s your goal for fitness and appearance?