Working Out and Eating Right: What’s Your Status?

The other day, a friend made a  comment on how in shape they thought I was.  I’m not really ripped or anything like that, but I am pretty lean and thin.  I think the comment was rooted in the fact that I don’t really come off like a health freak or obsess about working out, and usually people who don’t do either of those things are out of shape.

I’m sure a part of it is genetics, but I would like to believe (or at least I tell myself) that I put a decent amount of effort into staying healthy.  I try to ride my bike two or three times a week, for an average of 10 miles each trip.  In the winter, when I couldn’t ride my bike, I lifted very light weights two or three times a week, and walked on a treadmill that I’ve got in my basement.  I despise running or jogging, but on the days that I ride my bike I also shoot some basketball by myself.

Around January, I decided to stop eating so much meat for a couple months.  I lost ten pounds as soon as I cut meat out of my diet.  Unfortunately, it’s very tough to keep it out.  I went the first two months without eating meat at all and now eat meat once or twice a week on average.  I never had plans on becoming a vegetarian, but my body has responded positively by me eating less meat and introducing more vegetables into my diet.  I don’t know how to quantify it, it just feels better.

The absence of beer and alcohol has also contributed to me feeling much better and as well.

I still pig out and eat dumb shit once or twice a week, but at least now I make a conscious effort to eat right the rest of the week and balance it out.

The whole thing has made me want to discuss this with others and see how often you guys work out and how active you are right now (if at all).

How often do you work out?

Do you consider yourself in shape or a work in progress?

Is it something that you’ve started recently or have you been consistent with it?

What kind of results are you getting and are you happy with them?

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  • How long have you been alcohol free Al? 

  • I would consider myself a work in progress, I stopped going to the  gym a few months ago, I’ll  start going again this month, and work on making it a habit. I’ve added fruits into my diet so its no longer just the random fruit here or there, its 2-3 fruits per day, and I buy new fruits whenever I run low; I feel like I’m getting alot of nutrients that my body was missing out on before.Next up is replacing cow milk with soy or almond milk. I’m eventually going to sound like I’m nagging when I talk to my friends because I talk about health all the time now.


    Down with your words here Print. I need to bike more. I also need to work out more. It’s often a reacurring theme of “I need to” or I should do this more” I think we as a population do alot of stating our goals without acting upon them. Maybe we try to take on to much at once and often dont shuffle our priorities. I know personally I would rather sit down and make a song than hop on a treadmill for a half hour. The balance is necessary though and Im encouraged by your positive outlook. Working out doesnt have to be an all inclusive intense session. I strive to incorporate the different healthy aspects that you have into my daily lifestyle.

  • James

    A great read. I’ve had trouble with depression much of my life, this past year more than ever. I considered going on SSRI’s but the God honest truth is that nothing puts me right mentally or physically like exercise does.

    That’s what gets me through a lot of it, mainly cardio, I’m looking at hitting the weights this summer and bulking up a bit. I’m a skinny guy but inside I can at least know I’m ticking right.

    The hardest part for a lot of people is actually doing it – that may sound odd – a lot of people really lack the motivation. Whether it’s a self esteem or a stamina thing, you just need to remember that nothing worth doing comes easy.

    You get out of it whatever you put in. Much like the rest of life I guess.

  • Anonymous

    May 15th will be two years

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the comment. I’m trying to phase milk out as well, but it’s very tough.  I notice that there are definitely times when I feel a bit sluggish after eating a bowl of cereal.  I’m not quite sure if it’s the milk or the cereal though because I’ve been a big milk drinker my entire life.  Something about it just doesn’t seem right lately about it.

  • Anonymous

    as a producer, it’s definitely very easy to get caught up in a sedentary lifestyle.  However, i noticed that riding my bike actually inspired me to do more music.  I think it’s the whole “jogging the mind” thing that people talk to. Physical activity makes our minds work harder, so your creativity will probably be increased with just a little bit of exercise.

  • Anonymous

    well said! I agree on starting out.  it is definitely the hardest part. sometimes after a long break from working out we can beat ourselves up over it, but a positive state of mind is key!

  • Damn son, congrats on that. Congrats. Would you say that you have more clarity, less stress and overall enjoy life more or what? I’d love to hear some deeper thoughts on the topic now that you’ve been without for that long. I’ve been thinking of doing the exact same thing. 

  • Schlorch

    Hey, There! I would put myself into a work in progress. 8 years ago…  I was regional champion in my area in germany in boxing, welterweight. I worked out 4-6 times a week. Then I went to the army and everything we did was running or playing soccer. I didn’t like any of it, so I didn’t do anything. Until I went to Kabul/ AFG… There I had so many things going through my head, that needed a trigger to let it all out. So I went 5-6 times a week to the gymn. 5 times a week lifting weights, after every course 20 minutes of running (60% of max HR) and one day running for 60-90 minutes (70%-8ß% max HR)
    I didn’t lose a lot of weight, but I lost a lot of fat… In the mourning I ate a “Muesli” with yoghurt and fruits, for lunch I had something normal but not that “fatty” and for dinner no Carbs… just flesh and veggies, or salad… I feel quite fit now, but I won’t lose my hole belly until I stop drinking I think 😉

  • As for fitness and health … I’d say I’m pretty healthy. My wife is vegatarian so I eat a lot of veggie meals and enjoy most of them quite a bit. I also went two months without meat and then started having issues with crazy headaches and body fatigue as well. I followed the “Thrive Diet” by Brandon Brazier which shows you how to eat vegan yet still be able to perform as an athlete. Since I’m a CrossFit nut I needed something that could keep up and allow me to perform during workouts. This diet worked, however the preparation and cooking time and amount of work that had to go into the meals themselves was insane. I felt like I was cooking for all of my free time (which is not what I wanted to do). 

    I’ve also tried other diets such as the Paleo diet and the 4 Hour Body diet. Both work quite well. But what it comes down to is … eat lean meats occasionally, eat nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. EAT FOOD THAT ROTS. Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store (regular supermarkets) and you’ll notice that you’ll find the majority of the foods that “rot” on the perimeter. Buy those foods and you’ll just feel better. 

    IMO, diet is HUGE. Without it, you don’t have much. Garbage in, garbage out is my mantra. Again, its easier said than done and I’m no angel when it comes to some snacks and sweets. Lets face it, who can deny a nice tub of your favorite desert? Seriously. Especially if you give up alcohol, sweets or something else become something you really look forward to. 

    I think that being sedentary has a lot to do with health issues as a producer (as well as anyone at a desk job). I’m making adjustments at my house to turn my desks into standing desks (IKEA furniture with some stands) so I can be more upright all day. 

    Who knows how it will will affect me. I’ve heard from folks who do it and they say they feel much better at the end of the day. I hope that experiment proves true. Not sure how it would affect production though. As long as the desk was tall enough you wouldnt have to be bending over the drum machine and keys, so that could be a nice relief. 

    Regardless of all of this stuff, great post. Keep up the good work. Welcome to the world of being a published author man! It’s a great feeling! 

  • Anonymous

    Completely.  I actually plan to write a blog about it next week where I go into detail about what it’s been like.  Overall, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I have no regrets.  It makes you view time completely differently, because you’re more conscious of it, and strive to get much more done.  I think quitting has completely changed the trajectory of my life and what I wanted to do with it.

  • Anonymous

    that’s awesome.  thanks for the comment

  • Thats great and I cant wait to read that blog post. Please do write it. I think a lot of folks would get something out of it. 

  • Jak

    Consistency is what I struggle with. I’m a runner and have been known to do marathons without really training. But that’s just me understanding my body’s limits, (the mind tends to try to quit before the body needs to.) 

    My hero’s are those who can stick to a workout schedule religiously. It’s so easy to skip one day, once that’s done weeks may go by and I’ll find little injuries showing up because I’m not moving my body the way it was built. So the walker I see every day as I drive to sit in an office inspires me to get that first (and hardest) step out the door. 

    I’ve found the body craves what you put in. Food, training etc. The trick is not setting new patterns for it to crave.

    As for your questions I am in shape but working (ideally every day) to get in more elite shape by fall. I still train with collegiate runners which is getting harder after doing it for twelve years, ha ha. Once I can’t even pace the slow girls I’ll hang it up.

  • thanks, I always enjoy it when you put up a new blog post, keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous

    I feel you completely.  My family has history of high blood pressure, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve found it necessary to be a lot more proactive about keeping my weight down and cardio up.  I try to get certain members in my family off the processed foods but they’re not as receptive as I would like them to be.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna have to adopt that “eat food that rots” rule.  That might be my new mantra.  So simple and effective.

  • I quit smoking cigarettes two months ago. First, with the patch and then without. I already feel much better. Now that I don’t smoke, I notice how many people do. Before, I wouldn’t really pay attention but now I look around and I notice it everywhere. I walk all the time and my job keeps me moving but I would hardly say that I am in shape. Now that the weather is getting nicer I’ll be walking more.

  • selfischarles

     man i needed to read this. the hardest part is getting started and living in a should have “i need to do more” “i need to” world. i can relate to so much. at some point u want a change. What was everyone’s enough is enough im about to do this in this case its health  but i mean this question can apply to overall life. what was the point u wanted to change and were willing to do anything to make that change real?

  • Cassandramoses

    I recently started boot camp. Up until then, I was pretty much meat free. My trainer suggested adding protein back in, so I eat meat, veggies and fruit. I have nearly elimated all sugar (except what is found in fruit) and I have lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks. (Females get stuck with the shit end of the stick, yo!) I have learned tow things: 1. All the stuff we eat out of boxes, or cans, has sugar. It also is processed. 2. Our bodies cannot digest fake foods. Natural is golden.

  • Cassandramoses

    Its the processed cereal! And all the sugar! Milk and cereal have tons of sugar.

  • Anonymous

    Today was the first time I’ve read your blog. Starting  with Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff post and rememebered my parent’s owning a copy, sounds interesting. This post inspired me to join this site. I know exactly where your at in relation to your diet and work out regimen. Your at a point where you will either delve more deeply into this type of lifestyle or find more of your old habits resurfacing in your life. Once you start you will keep feeling better and better. I started training for a 10 day bike tour this summer and have noticed my energy levels have been getting stronger and stronger the more I’ve trained. Also having to reduce the amount of green I smoke seems to help alot too. I have been a vegan for about the past two years and just recently started eating eggs and snacking on cheese occasionally because I no longer feel morally obligated to follow a lifestyle of such strict principal. Also in relation to your comment about increased creativity followed by biking, I remember hearing that Einstien came up with the Theory of Relativity while riding a bike. Eureka! I wish you the best of luck on your current lifestyle modifications and hope the benefits come flowing through. In the end that means more Blueprint music for the fans, and thats what we need.