Oh Great, Another Weight Loss Post…

I’ve picked up the weight loss motivation once again. Before the new year I was pretty much at an all time low in regards to fitness and weight. People who hadn’t seen me in a while were usually pretty surprised at how much weight I had put on. Walking was difficult due to my ankle surgeries and I probably didn’t realize it but I’m sure my weight was not helping my ankles either.

In December, the office decided to start up a “Biggest Loser” contest. I figured that was as good of a way to get started as any.  Also, my mom had also put herself on a weight loss journey and had done a great job getting herself back into shape.  I found her to be very inspiring.  That made the $50 buy-in a no-brainer. It’s pretty much a winner take all sort of contest. The contest would start on Jan 3, once we had all returned from our holidays. The contest is supposed to last 90 days and will end on April 3. My starting weight was 255. My target weight is 190. That’s a lot of weight to lose in 90 days and I’m not going to lose any sleep if I don’t hit that number at 90 days exactly. But you have to set a goal so you know what you’re driving for.

Changes I’ve made include getting my butt into the gym more often. Right now I’m planning on hitting the gym at least 6 days a week with Sunday as a day off. I’m going to run a balance between doing cardio and lifting free weights. My membership at 24 Hour Fitness is renewed and I should have no problems getting to the gym before work.

My diet needs to change the most. I’m frequently finding myself indulging in sweets and sugary foods. Also, my intake of high gluten foods such as breads and pasta is very high. I’m going to cut down my intake of carbs and fats and try to go with as much lean protein as possible. I’m also going to reintroduce supplements into my diet. I’ll also be changing from 3 meals per day to about 6 smaller meals.

— 45 Days In

Before and Now

Well, everything seems to be on track. I’ve been really good about hitting the gym and have only missed one day due to a snow storm. My fitness level is much better than it has been in a long time. When I first started, I pretty much just rode the stationary bike for my cardio. I’ve read that the bike is good, but honestly I felt like it wasn’t getting my blood circulating as much as it should have. So I decided to start working out on the stair climber and I have to say that machine has been kicking my butt. I’ve been getting some really good sweats going with that. From that machine I’ll go back to the bike and continue the sweat from there. I haven’t been hitting the weights as much as I’ve been doing cardio. I do some legs once per week and I’ll do upper body once per week. And some back maybe once per week. I feel much stronger than before, I can feel the muscles coming back to life and gaining strength but I don’t want to go crazy with the weights.

The diet has been the biggest challenge. I’m hungry quite often. It’s difficult not to go crazy. However, I have stayed honest to the plan and have not strayed. Since Sunday is my off day, I tend to go a bit crazy on these days. Football weekends at Steve’s place have definitely filled my belly a few times. I need to do some more research on the diet or become a bit more creative with my menu. I need to get my Body for Life cookbook back from Steve. I’m tired of chicken. Although I do have to admit that I’ve become very fond of spinach salads with balsamic vinegar.

So, I’m typing this up as we are now just over halfway through the contest and my current weight is about 222. I see the biggest difference in my face. Losing the weight is good and looking thinner is even better, but what I’m really excited about is how much more energy I have again. I’m noticing that my ankles no longer hurt as much as they used to. I’m sleeping much better. All-in-all, a very positive start. My hope is to get myself into condition to do a lot of cycling this summer. Anyway, that’s the update on that. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing at the gym and keep up with my diet.

Maybe 190 is doable? I’ll tell you 45 days from now.

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