Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is La Prensa's resident Writer-at-large with many of his own MAN issues. Follow his column as his shares his tales of success, his failures, insecurities, unique views on life and occasional rants.
S.A..- Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is La Prensa's resident Writer-at-large with many of his own MAN issues. Follow his column as his shares his tales of success, his failures, insecurities, unique views on life and occasional rants.
By Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr
If someone says “looks don’t matter” they are lying.
When was last time you walked through a parking lot and said “Wow look at the 1984 Buick LeSabre with the faded paint job and dusty hub caps.”
On the other hand, I can guarantee that you’ve noticed the 2012 BMW with 18 inch chrome rims and a glossy paint job.
The Buick isn’t even given a chance merely because of its lack luster appearance. What if it is the most reliable car ever with a pristine interior?
The same theory applies when overweight. Looks play such a big role in our society that if you’re overweight you’re often overlooked in the dating scene, selected last in any sporting activity and even passed on for certain jobs. If we never get past the looks how will we ever get to know a person’s true personality.
It just takes a little fresh paint and a set of shiny rims. It is time to start looking for a new shade of paint and shopping around for new rims. Don’t let an issue with weight hinder you from attaining what you want. There is no need to go sign up at a gym that you may never go to. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a little motivation. Get up, go outside and start walking.
Go to the mall and walk around looking at things you can’t afford and girls you wish you could date, or walk the dog or cat (Cat? Weird I know but if it gets you up and moving, do it.)
Find something that works for you. Walking or running doesn’t cost a thing and are the best ways to start. The only things you lose when walking or running are those love handles and beer gut you’ve been disguising under your oversized shirts.
Whatever it is you like to do stick with it till you feel comfortable stepping up your workout. If you try too much too fast you won’t want to get up and do it again the next day. Once you’ve become semi-in shape incorporate some weights into your workout and increase your cardio to an hour a day. In addition, immediately start overhauling your diet. The twinkies, sodas, and loaves of bread you have in the kitchen need to go. All the hard work you put in will be quickly nullified if you have unhealthy foods around.
It’s like going to a bar; I say I’m not going to drink but somehow four beers and two shots later—I’m ordering the next round. Avoid it all by simply not having it around.
Replace your sodas with water and zero calorie drink mixes; twinkies for fresh fruit and nuts; and cut your bread consumption to the bare minimum. Your primer coat is finished now it’s time to pick your new paint. Have you decided on your new color yet?