Monday, September 13, 2010

Project Poli : Day 1

It has been nearly a month since I've posted on the Playground. Between the new school term, work, video games and a girlfriend, I have found it difficult to find time to blog about my everyday life (which by the way is about as interesting as an uninteresting coffee table). Now that I have found a second to write, I would like to tell you about Project Poli.

For those who do not know me personally, I weighed about 270 pounds close to two years ago. Since that time I have lost a combined total of 44 pounds of fat thanks to Prestige Gym and Peak Performance founder and trainer Peter Berardi (I will put a link to his Facebook page below for those in need of training and advice).

The problem I have been facing in the past few months is my own laziness. I am still at an unhealthy 226 pounds, and it is something I have been procrastinating on fixing for a while. That is why I have made it a point to undertake what I am now calling Project Poli. I have no idea how much time it will take me to reach my goal of 190 pounds, but I plan to stick to my project until I do.

The plan is simple: intake less calories than I burn in a day, so that my body has no choice but to burn at my fat for energy. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. The main problem with people, myself included, is that we have a predisposed tendency to over-indulge in things that are sensually appealing to us. As said by my good friend and mentor Optimus Mastro (will link to his blog below as well), "why do we eat a bag of salty chips when we know that fresh broccoli is the healthy alternative?" The problem is being able to overpower our sensual need to eat tasty food with the intellectual knowledge we already have that the tasty food is unhealthy. This is the true challenge; not the calorie counting.

I have done it before, with my first loss of 44 pounds, and I will do it again. Maybe blogging about it will make it easier. Today I ate extremely healthy, combined with an intense morning boxing session and a cardio workout in the evening. The calorie count is good and I have successfully completed day one of Project Poli.

Take care and be good,


Peter Berardi, trainer/founder of Peak Performance

Optimus Mastro, entrepreneur/neo-theologian/trainer/blogger

1 comment:

  1. Well put Poli,..the human condition we know as 'original sin.'