Now I’m Always Striving to Meet New Goals
Vitals: Kyle Myers, 24,Del Rio,Texas
Occupation: 2ndLieutenant,U.S.Air Force
Time to Goal: 5 months
Even when you have met your goal, you shouldn’t stop working.
A positive attitude. If you’re happy with your workout, you’ll keep it up.
Myers’s weight troubles started during his freshman year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, when he joined the football team as an offensive lineman. He felt pressure to bulk up, but he didn’t do it in a smart way. “They fed us protein bars and shakes, but it was a lot easier to eat an entire pizza,” he says.
As Myers jogged across the field at practice one day, he felt a snap in his left knee. An x-ray revealed a torn meniscus. “My knee just wouldn’t hold my weight,” he says. He had to leave the team. The injury motivated Myers to make serious changes: He swapped calzones for salads and turkey sausage, and hit the gym 5 days a week.
Myers now swims, bikes, and plays basketball every week, in addition to doing his gym routine. He adds muscle definition by doing high-rep sets with lower weights. Grilled chicken, almonds, and yogurt are now staples of his diet. “I’m conscious of what I eat, but I’m not counting every calorie,” he says.
Since he dropped the weight, Myers’s energy level and ambition have soared. After planning originally to run a half-marathon last year, he instead took on the full 26.2 miles. “Crossing that finish line was one of the most rewarding and toughest things I’ve ever done,” he says.
Don’t deprive yourself. Eating salads for every meal will only bore you and bring on weekend binges. Allow yourself a few indulgences and rewards–in moderation.
Mix things up. Take advantage of the warm weather and try a new outdoor sport. Alternating your gym sessions with other activities is fun and will boost your motivation.
Anticipate challenges. If your buddies are planning to watch a game and load up on pizza, take the time to eat a small, healthy meal before meeting up with them. That way you’ll be less likely to ruin your diet.