I’ve been in lust with dreamy Milo Ventimiglia since back in the day — yes I was a fan of Gilmore Girls. I’m not ashamed to admit that! He’s still dreamy, though I don’t watch Heroes. I like his cleaned up look & don’t miss the bad boy leather jacket motif from his GG days one bit. The less, the better!
That quote really resonates with me, as it touches on a key element in the philosophy behind BETTERby30. We love to make belive ourselves into thinking we’re being healthy when we’re not. You’re not fooling anybody and only cheating yourself. Pizza is delicious, of course. I’m not saying you should stop eating pizza forever. That would be a crime! It’s a treat, and I consider it as such.
“Right after I got back from shooting Rocky [in December 2005], I looked in the mirror and said, ‘OK, I’m not a teenager anymore.’ I still looked young but I didn’t have a baby face. It was kind of a critical point, careerwise, where I needed to start going for the roles that were older. So I tried to get my physique to match and become more of a man,” he told Mens Fitness.
At the time, the 5’9″ actor barely tipped the scales at 137 pounds. So he headed for the gym and began performing a self-designed lifting routine four times a week. For cardio work, he ran and jumped rope four to five times a week. He also quit smoking and focused on improving his nutritional habits. Even as a lifelong vegetarian (no meat, no fish, no eggs), he discovered that eating healthy had to be- come a conscious decision. “You can be a vegetarian and still eat pizza every day,” he says. “For the first time, I started to really pay attention to what I was putting into my body.”
With his current Heroes sched, “It’s either wake up early in the morning or go late after work. I also bring dumbbells to my trailer and see if I can’t maintain there.” And when he’s tempted to blow off a session now and then, he calls to mind the example of a previous mentor. “When we were on Rocky, I saw the discipline that [Stallone, then 59] had. Physically, he put himself through hell to get into shape.”
Milo K.O.’s 32 today.