You've heard a few facts of life before.....death, taxes. Here's another: as you get older it becomes increasingly difficult to stay thin.
I have a target weight for myself: 154 pounds. How did I arrive at that? I have an online pic I like and that's how much I weighed when I took it. 154 is a good weight for my 5'8" body. Lean, but not too thin.
The trouble is that I have a hard time staying at that weight. I had taken my eye off the ball, and drifted up into the high 160's earlier this year. I have been working hard all summer to get back to my target weight. I am at 158 right now. It's hard to shed those last four pounds. I do feel better. My 32" jeans are very loose on me....I can't wear them without a belt now.
I've been eating grilled vegetables and a little chicken for two months now. Not many calories in vegetables. A 200 calorie energy bar for breakfast, yogurt and a granola bar for lunch. Another granola bar and tea for an afternoon snack. Easy to stay under 1500 calories a day with this diet. Run four miles on top of that and I'm netting only 1000 calories. I'm even adding safflower oil as a CLA supplement. I really want to get back to this place, but with a more defined chest.
Why am I so bothered by fat? Will my life miraculously change when I am at 154? Will I have to beat the guys off with a club? I know better. I understand this isn't going to happen. But here is what will happen:
- I will feel better. Even losing ten pounds improves your health.
- I will feel more confident.
- A lean body is more attractive to most guys. Sorry, that's just the way it is.