Training vs. Exercising

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Today I started a training program to change the way my body looks. I’ve always been able to add bulk but I’ve very rarely been able to sustain a lean muscular look for more than a few months. When I get to that point, I usually either get too skinny and lose muscle or get too caught up and start lifting heavily and eating poorly and bulking up.

This program is supposed to help me achieve a happy medium. It’s similar to what I’ve always done, but the diet restrictions mixed with lower weight and higher reps are going to be something that I’ll have to get used too. I am currently weighing in at 226 lbs. I have been as low as 185 and as high as 245 in the past year and a half. The ideal weight for me is somewhere around 195 – 200 lbs with my 5’9″ frame.

At 195 I have room to grow and I don’t have to worry about anything health wise. My cholesterol checks in good, as do my blood pressure and insulin levels. According to the doctors, I’m still morbidly obese at that weight but it sure doesn’t look like it when I reach that level. So I’m inclined to find a program that I can do every day to keep me in that range as long as possible.

I understand that it’s a lifestyle change. I’m used to that. In 2013 I weighed 305 lbs. I was overweight, out of shape, and a few weeks away from diabetes. I lost the weight and got all the way down to 180 lbs in about 8 months. It wasn’t a fad diet, or weight loss surgery, I got moving. I did 10 or more miles of cardio 6 days a week. I monitored my intake and kept the calories under 1800 a day and the weight fell off of me. The only problem was, I lost a ton of muscle as a result.

This time I’m in a better place. There’s no need to rush. I can train and lose at the same time. Hopefully I can embrace the process and reach my goals like I want too. The problem won’t be getting there, it will be sustaining it for a long period of time.

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