Hello everyone, my name is Jeremy Tinsley. Let me start by saying the I DO NOT like to workout. In fact, in my list of the top things I do not enjoy, working out is at the top of that list. However, I truly love how it makes me feel after I complete a session. I have so much more energy and motivation to do things around the house and with my family. Usually, I get off work and just plop myself down on the couch and good luck trying to get me back up from it. I always joke with my wife and say “If there is anything you want me to do say it now because as soon as my butt touches that couch I’m not getting back up.” And that couldn’t be more true for me.
Another issue that I face with myself is I like food… good food. Not necessarily good for you food, but food that taste good. I have noticed in my years that if something tastes good it probably isn’t good for you. Not to say that healthier food doesn’t taste good… it’s just not as good as the food that is probably bad for you.
Additionally, my major problem is portion control. I eat until my plate is clean, including side dishes. Holiday season always gets the best of me in that regard. Halloween, I’m eating my kids candy and make sure they get candy that I like. Thanksgiving… Yeah! I’m having seconds. Christmas… Santa’s not getting any cookies because I already ate them… all!
Now, I’m not saying I’m obese or anything, but I’m definitely not the healthiest individual and not very active. I’m a systems engineer by trade, so I spend a lot of time in my day-to-day work life sitting in a chair. Then, I come home, kiss my wife and kids, and sit on my couch, so there’s not a whole lot of activity in my personal life either.
Before I was a systems engineer I was in the Army for 8 years and anyone should know how active the Army is. We worked out everyday and I hated it. Getting up early (I’m not a morning person) to put my body through torture, at least that is what is like for me. Even though I hated working out every morning, I was good at it because it was my job. I take pride in what I do no matter what it is, especially when it comes to my profession. In the Army you are required to be in you best physical condition, so I was. I was, what they call, a “PT Stud”. I could run with the best of them and blew my PT Tests out of the water.
Then I decided to get out of the Army to be there for my family and enjoy the “civilian” life. When I got out I swore I would never workout again and I’ve been pretty good at keeping to that promise. But, it has not been the best choice for me and now it is time to make a change. It is time that I started feeling better each day. More energetic, more motivated, and look good while I’m at it.
So here’s the plan. I have my coach, Alex Levya and I’m big Beachbody fan, so I’m going to start with 2 rounds of 21 Day Fix. I have done this program before and I feel it is a good way to start getting into the routine and getting my body used to working out. It’s not overly intense and is perfect for just starting out. Plus, it helps teaching me to eat right because it includes these little containers that guide you into how much of each food type you need, portion control.
After that I plan to do the 21 Day Fix Extreme which I feel is a nice leeway into the more advanced workout sessions. My food consumption will probably increase slightly here due to the more rigorous workouts. I’ll try to stick to the food plan as close as possible throughout this, but I don’t want to deprive myself of the… “finer” foods in life, so I may cheat now and then. I don’t do calorie counting because that is to time consuming and frankly, I don’t want to. But I will be posting what I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts as often as possible and the container count for each of those meals.
Really quick, here is a break down of the containers:
= Healthy Fats
= Seeds & Dressings
= Oils & Nut Butters
I will also post my before and after pics, as well as my measurements. My before pics and measurements will be posted before each new workout program and my after pics and measurements at the end of each program to track my progress and see how well I may or may not be doing. Let’s hope I’m doing great with noticeable differences after each program.
I would also like to mention my wife here being a big motivation for me. Here is my wife now
Hot right?! I know. She makes me very proud to be her husband. But things weren’t always like this for her. Here she is during the beginning of our relationship
Still absolutely adorable to me, but what a transition. She is truly amazing and huge inspiration to me and I love her everyday for it. She inspires me to be a better me.
Now I guess it is my turn. Here is me at the time of this post
We call that the “Tinsley Belly”. Here are my measurements
Let this be my starting point. Let’s see how much of difference I can make. Let’s see if I can get to this
I have learned that if I want to eat the food I want to eat, within reason and with proper portions; if I want to feel better about myself and be more energetic and more motivated, then I have to do what must be done. I have to workout and exercise. As much as I may not like it, this is what I must do to be the person I want to be for me, my wife and my children. So, I’m going to get my lazy butt off my couch each day and say “LET’S DO THIS!!!”