Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One Week in...

Well here I am one week in at my second weigh in and well the numbers are not perfect...But only because no one trying to lose weight is every happy when they weigh in. Now in all reality I didnt do bad at all I weighed in at 275 lbs...which based on last weeks numbers means I made 5 lbs week one...Not complaining it all.

Diet wise that has been a pretty easy change, mainly because I adore E-Mealz dinner planning and shopping lists. They make shopping for and making healthy dinners quite easy...takes the excuses away when it comes to eating at home. And to be honest the recipes are excellent, but since I happen to be a better than average cook myself, I tend to take them over the top quite nicely. For me it has always been a matter of portion control really, but once I get rolling I adjust quite nicely.

I did get rolling at the gym again...and for the first time in my life I am trying to start slow enough that I don't kill myself...I may hurt like hell but I can still move and for me that is an improvement. I have been doing a quick circuit workout focused around compound lifts and getting my body back to where I need it to be. In addition to the circuit training I have added a cardio element as well as a way to keep moving on the days being lifting...nothing to special but I like it. I have also tried to get my martial arts workouts back, cause well hitting things is darn cathartic and downright fun dammit.

Well and one final item...My wife and I God love her have decided we are going to run in our very first 5k this spring...Scares the living crap out of me honestly, I have always hated distance running but I have never really tried it either. We decided to buy a treadmill to have at home to use as a training aid in this endeavor. We found a program online called Couch Potato to 5k which cleanly lays out a training path...I certainly hope it all works out for the best...I think it would be something great if we could share this experience...Frankly we have never been able to workout together in the past...This may change that.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 1 -- The Weigh in

Well I said I would do it so I am, here are my photos and official number as of this morning. Weight was a bit lower than I expected 280 rather than 285...Not alot, but hey its lower than when I last weighed myself. And since I am rather lazy...I will take that as a victory...

Now these photos reveal a few couple things to me...First and foremost, taking my picture right out of bed is a bad idea...I am not exactly what you would call a morning person, and Secondly...Damn I am a hairy bastard...Sheesh.

Anyway the scale is one of those ones that also does Body Fat Percentage...and here is where I start to get some really weird numbers...My Body Fat% was 38.1% which equates to 106.68lbs of bodyfat ( I know lovely conversation) now here is my issue with these numbers. If I were to be considered a "healthy" Body Fat Percentage of say 12% that would be losing 94lbs of bodyfat...Okay I get that...That would put my weight at 186lbs...Umm anyone that has met me would pee themselves laughing picturing me at that weight ( I have a very large frame )...And to make matters for interesting it would still leave me with a BMI of 25.9 which is still considered overweight...Now I certainly know those numbers move around based on muscle mass and such...but I think these numbers reveal how screwy the systems used to measure obesiety can be.
Anyway as far as diet goes, been pretty good today...
Breakfast: Carnation Instant Breakfast
Mid Morning: Protein Shake
Lunch: Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and a Turkey Burger with Avacado
Mid Afternoon: Missed it
Dinner: Turkey Shepherds Pie
Working Out: Didnt happen, I was delayed getting to work but I am going to set up my Gold's membership this afternoon/evening. We are still waiting for Jo' s new treadmill...
Not a great start but a start none the less.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A new beginning...or another begining...Just a beginning

Well here I am again...Fat, Lazy and generally a slob. My entire life I have been overweight...yada, yada, yada...I know its not a new story, you have heard it a million times. Well this is my story and my journey so I hope its both entertaining and maybe even a bit inspirational.

I have always been a good athlete. However I was also the guy who moves much better than he should for his size. I was also the fat guy that could run faster than the skinny kids. That said I also heard the line "imagine what he could do if he applied himself". Which always kind of sucked and exposed my one major flaw...I am a lazy bastard, I didn't want to work for it. Well dammit its time to change that, I just want to be the guy that moves well, not the guy that moves well for his size.

Now for some truth, today as I sit here on my lazy butt, I weigh in at a whopping 285lbs and a 5'11'' that equates to a BMI of 39.7 and according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the WHO (World Health Organization) that makes me clinically obese. That doesnt make me all that large when you compare it to the contestants you see on shows like The Biggest Loser, however it does put me at great risk for ohhh I don't know....DEATH. I already suffer from many of the medical problems directly attributed to being overweight... I have Type II Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and I am on medication for all of those afflictions. Basically I am a walking heart attack time bomb. I know all of this, I have known all of this yet I still gain weight...hmm that doesn't seem like the smart thing does it.

Now in all honesty I have done something about my weight in the 2005 I weighed nearly 320lbs and in 9 months I had lost 80lbs to hit 240lbs...less than I weighed when I graduated high school in 1995. Impressive huhh...well what did I do with all of this progress...I let it all go away in a hail of BBQ and here I am today at 285...and climbing...AGAIN. Kinda wasted all that effort.

So where to go now, I know what to do, I know how to do it. Now I just need to do it. I want to use this blog as a way to hold myself accountable, track my progress and bitch moan and complain my way through this. T

My first weigh in will be tomorrow morning...Now to further embarrass myself I will also be doing a weekly picture log as well.

I have some overall goals for this as well...since well setting goals is the only way to achieve a goal and they are as follows.

Month of January lose 10lbs
Average 10lbs per month thru May putting me at 235 (lofty but I can do it)
Run my first 5k this year at the Apple Trample (sound weird I know)

Anyway lets see if we can get this cough potato off the couch.