While I was unemployed for a short time in Tennessee I sat around and ate all day. I ate out of boredom, I ate out of frustration, and I ate out of depression. Once I moved to New York I knew it was time to make a change.

One of the first things I did when I arrived in Utica was step on a scale. I did not like what I saw so I was determined to do something about it.

Matt Hubbell

The first thing I did was join the gym. The second thing I did was start going to the gym. Let's face it, working out is just that: "work." I can't say I enjoy exercise but I've always liked to sweat and I always get a thrill out of testing my endurance. I like to see just how far I can push myself. I usually average anywhere between 3 and 5 miles per jog.

I've been running at the gym for about a year now, but now that the weathers nice, I like to jog outside.  A few of my favorite places to burn some calories are: Sherrill Brook New Hartford Town Park, Paris Hill in New Hartford, the Boilermaker training run located off the Parkway in Utica, and along route 13 in Sylvan Beach. I exercise about 5 days a week but recently I started incorporated strength training into my workout. I've hesitated for so long because I simply don't like lifting weights.  I currently exercise about 5 days a week and rest up a bit the other 2 days. By now you're probably saying to yourself: "what's unconventional about going to the gym, busting your butt 5 days a week?" Nothing actually, the unorthodox, non-traditional part comes in to play when we start talking about what kind of food I put in my stomach.

As far as my diet is concerned, I have a basic rule that I try to stick to. I eat in moderation and relatively healthy during the week, and then on the weekend I'll inhale whatever I want. I certainly don't recommend this way of dieting but I need a day or two cheat days to indulge in my favorite foods. I know if I deprive myself all together, I'll end up binging on chicken wings, pizza, ice cream, and potato chips.

During the week I drink a ton of water, and loosely follow a low-carb diet. I eat a lot of chicken, and drink a lot of low-sodium vegetable juice. I like vegetables, but I often don't have the energy to cook them; so I'll drink them instead. I also eat a lot of bananas, yogurt, and potatoes. Mashed Potatoes probably aren't the wisest choice to have if you're watching your carbs, but I like them best and it's my way of cheating a bit during the week. I'll also eat a spoonful or two of peanut butter as a snack, and if I really want to venture off course I'll head out to the ice cream shop and order whatever I want. I do my best to order to the smallest size available.

On the weekend, I throw caution to the wind and I'll eat whatever I want. I've been known to easily put away 40 chicken wings and an entire Supreme pizza in one sitting. Again, the "Matt Diet" has not been approved by a physician!

My meal and exercise routine certainly isn't Dr. recommended but it seems to work for me. If you have a weight loss goal in mind, I know you can do it! I'm not going to lie to you, it takes work. I find that the most challenging times to stick to my routine is when I'm over tired. Usually when I'm exhausted, I'll drag myself to the gym anyway. That's probably not Dr. recommended either but that's the way I roll.

Here's a picture of the lighter me!

Matt Hubbell

Best of luck on your endeavor!!

Just Jen and I talked about this today.

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