Mine is the story of a 35 year old guy who was 60-80 lbs overweight with a relativity sedentary lifestyle and a desire to improve. My plan is to start basic and over time add new ideas and components to both my diet and workout routine. Like a snowball that gathers both speed and depth as it rolls across the snow, I plan to grow my knowledge and build my health a little bit at a time so as to make this a positive permanent lifestyle change.
Friday, November 2, 2012
The Beginning - Week 1
I have decided to start writing in this blog because I have read many other people’s journeys and have found inspiration from their stories.I saw that writing and having support seems to help keep them motivated as well as provide inspiration for others (like myself) so I am joining the ranks of the ‘unhealthy to healthy’ bloggers and I hope to have as much success as many of them have and continue to have.
My journey started about 4 weeks ago when I, like many others I have read about, weighed myself after months and months of avoiding the truth and was extremely disappointed at what I saw…a broken scale that added 65 lbs to my real weight…ha.But seriously, that was the last straw and the moment that I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to change my life for the better. A few of my firends had recently run the Chicago marathon in the past few years and on that day, I wanted to do the same. That day was Sunday October 7, 2012 and it was the first day of my new healthy life.That day I stepped on the scale and it read back to me 245.5lbs.I also decided that I would only weigh in on Sundays so that I could eliminate the distractions of daily fluctuations in fat gain/loss and water weight retention.
First I decided that for me to make this different than in the past I would need to set goals that I would be more accountable for so I signed up for a Zombie 5K which was to be run on October 28, 2012.A short goal, but I used to run a lot when I was in middle school, so I thought it should be easy to run 3.1 miles with little or no training (I’m sure you guessed I was wrong). Anyway, I got on my old treadmill that morning and started running.I ran at 4.8 miles per hour for about 15 minutes and then had to stop, but I did it.I then ran again the next day but for 20 minutes and by the end of the first week I was running 20 minutes at 5 miles per hour or about 1.5 miles.I also signed up on Loseit.com at the start so I could start counting my caloric intake making me more aware of my nutrition or lack of it and accordingly adjust the eating habits I had formed over the years.
I lost 9.9lbs my first Sunday morning weekly weigh in.