Just joined the website and wanted to say hello and had a couple of questions.
I've actually been a "Body for Life" fan for about 12 years now. I am 46 but in my early 30's I wanted to get in better shape after putting on a few pounds and feeling lethargic and I discovered "Body for Life" and I bought the book. I joined the local health club and followed the program to a T for 12 weeks. I had always been a skinny, scrawny guy and after the 12 weeks was over I was in BY FAR the greatest shape in my life. I had abs (not quite a 6 pack), nice arms, chest, legs, etc. I was getting all sorts of compliments at work and really felt great. I was proud of myself as were my wife and kids. Then, I just sort of let things go again and started returning into the old me. In the last 11 years I have attempted to start the program 3 times and have failed/gave up after the first couple of weeks. I let myself down.
Now, I am 46 years old and at 5'7 should be around 155-160 in weight but I got up to around 190 pounds. I was just so disgusted and embarrassed with myself that I said 'ENIOUGH!". I am now three weeks into "Body for Life" again and loving it and am seeing results. I am down about 12 pounds and I can see the muscle starting to work it's way through. I will admit however that I am a bit frustrated that my little pot belly isn't melting away as quickly as I would like but nevertheless, I am 100% determined to see this through and I hope that the 10/15 pounds on my belly will start to shrink away. I want to feel great again and start to wear those physique showing t-shirts I have been embarrassed to wear for years now. I really hope that at 46 years old that it's not too late and I can look young and strong again as well as feeling it.
I do not cheat on my diet, haven't had a single sweet or junk food since I started three weeks ago. I don't generally take free days as I just do cardio that day and follow my diet. Once I see real strong results I will treat myself to a cheat meal or maybe a whole free day.
I do have a couple of questions if anybody could please answer I'd appreciate it
1. As I mentioned I have a bit of a pot belly, small love handles, a little fat over my lats, small moobs,. etc...will my skin tighten up and not become loose and saggy?
2. Will it be possible at my age to get a nice, tight stomach again? I don't expect to have a blistering six-pack but I hope I can eliminate the bally and tighten things up.
3. It seems to me that by doing cardio 3 times a week for 20 minutes wouldn't be enough to burn all the calories I am taking in. I actually do cardio every day for 30 minutes this time around hoping to accelerate the fat burning process. What are your thoughts on this topic?
Anyway, I will stop there. These are just a few things I have on my mind as I work through the program again.
Thanks again and good luck to you all in your "Body for Life" program!
Hey Mike you could be telling my story! Your history sounds about the same as mine. I believe that you dont have to kill yourself doing extra cardio. Your diet is 85% of it and it sounds like you got that whipped. Keep on and you will have excellent results. I also believe you needn't worry about saggy skin, you'll tighten up as you go. val
Hi, Your story sounds like mine. I haven't started yet and I am embarrassed to do so. When I reflect, I want to do a 3 -4 day a week workout due to long hours on the job. Just not confident yet.
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I agree about the saggy skin. I loved the results and my comittment and how much my body was tight. I just feel... not confident.
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