As I get advance in years, my chest has slipped, big time. But I refuse to leave it down there. I have a friend who just had a baby, and told me we were the same size until she gave birth and I continued with the same shape.
True, I may not be able to raise it back to its former level, but I can certainly do something to lower the size of the spare tire at my belt line.
Speaking of belt lines, my waist measurement is at the limit of the pants I wear and I am beginning to see why some women lay on their bed to button their pants.
How did this happen? Well, it helps when you have a chef living with you and preparing restaurant-level dinners every night. I will, I am sure receive comments that no one opens my mouth for me and forces me to eat., and that is indeed true. But the chef is my well-though-of son-in-law, and my serving hand is an independent entity.
Of course it did not happen overnight and I take responsibility for every pound. My caloric intake is greater than my caloric output, and working all day at a desk job does not help my situation.
Be that as it may, my belt line is there, daring me to shrink it. I can never resist a challenge and have already started taking steps to lessen my food intake at other times than dinner, when I try to limit myself to what is put on my plate. The basic advice for diet is avoid processed foods, sugar, sodas, and second helpings.
I know I must also exercise to lose my egg-shape, so I turned to my all-knowing adviser, the Internet and entered “waist reducing exercises.” There were some 319,000 responses, with advice similar to each other, pretty much all recommending exercises where the middle section is bent and flexed, and the legs are used as counter-balancing weights.
Exercise is something like signing up for torture. It is far from pleasant, regardless of the smiles the TV ads have the actors put on their faces. The key thing to accomplish is commitment– doing it every day. But can I make the time? To lose a pound a week, calculations tell me that I must walk at 2 mph for 90 minutes a day, every day.
The next thing for me to accomplish is cardio exercises, that out-of-breath stuff, like running. I ran in my earlier life and even ran a marathon in 4 hours. When I stopped running, it was sudden. I just quit because I didn’t have to anymore. My back tightened up and I could not stand up for almost a month.
But cardio has to be worked on every day. I have never been very fit (other than marathon training), and some of the recommended cardio exercises are beyond me doing for the full routine, like the “100” of lifting your legs straight up, then down 100 times. I can’t do that many. Sit ups are another exercise I have to train to do. I cannot sit up straight from a lying down position. To get into the Armed Forces, a person has to do 50 sit ups without resting, with hands clasped behind the neck. I can do three. I now have a newfound respect for the military soldier.
Another thing I did not know is that there is a difference is exercising the transverse muscles running across your front from the oblique muscles running across your side, which, as they add muscle, will make you look wider.
Other exercises are the bridge (I can do that), pushups (I can do five on my knees), bench dips and horizontal planks. And in the et cetera category is dancing, hula hoop action, dumbbells, yoga and Pilates.
I saw a segment the other day that said there were only two exercises to do to be fit and to do them in a countdown routine, starting with 30 reps and counting down to one each time you start a set. Those two routines were the dumbbell (or kettlebell) swing (between your legs) and the squat thrust (squatting with hands on the floor, kicking back to a pushup position and return).