Peak Condition @ 21 years old "Ahhh Youth..." (My Goal, again!)
Fat Tourist Version of me in April '07 (about 205 lbs.)
Overweight but not ashamed at this point (July '03- 185 lbs.)
I am a 41 year old male looking to regain my old form. I was once a competitive bodybuilder who swore that I would never be overweight. I now have heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I look pregnant and have trouble walking the stairs and keeping up with my kids. Starting today (12/28/07), NO MORE! I am taking back control of my life!
1/16/08: Down to 200 lbs. I am starting to gain momentum with training again. Eating right is a challenge, but perhaps the most important part for me, as the exercising comes more naturally. I typically prefer the loner approach to training and dieting (I said the "D-Word") but SparkPeople is pretty cool. The support that you get is great. Thanks to all who visit my page or send a comment. I appreciate you.
1/29/08: Now just below 195 lbs. I am eating terrible. If I can get this part of my routine in order, I might just make my goal of 170 lbs. by August 1st.
2/8/08: Failing miserably in the nutrition dept. I have eaten so much junk in the last few days, I don't know where to begin to log all the calories. I am currently injured (shoulder) and limited to lower body workouts. My lowest weight so far has been 192.2 lbs. However, this was short-lived, as I have been consuming massive amounts of sodium. I am about to try on some old size 36 jeans! This is exciting. I can't wait to say goodbye to the 190's.
2/23/08: A recent MRI confirms a full-thickness tear of my rotator cuff. I am now more driven than ever to get inshape and lose the excess bodyfat. I am officially @ 192 (weighed in at 191.2 the other day) and now have my sights on the 180s. I have surgery on 3/10 and hope to make a full recovery. I am actually looking forward to getting this fixed, although I was told by the Doc that it is a painful surgery and recovery. My plan is to rise above this adversity and reach a new level of motivation and health.
3/4/08: 188.2 lbs. Wow! It feels great to put the 190s behind me. Last week to exercise before surgery. I plan to indulge a little this week (Anniversary on 3/6), but also get plenty of exercise.
3/25/08: 185.8 I am not as thrilled as I thought I would be... I am wearing my size 36 pants now. They are a little snug, but fit better than the 38s that were hanging off my butt! I have at least 3 more weeks of wearing the sling (post surgery) and doing passive physical therapy. It gets very difficult to work lower body all the time in order to get my minutes of exercise logged. My cholesterol results came back sky high and I am depressed and pissed at the same time. I have about 16 more lbs. to go to reach my goal weight of 170. Now, I am not sure if I will be satisfied with 170. I am sort of thinking 165. We'll see.
6/4/08: I am hovering around 175 lbs. now and I'm starting to think that this may be my weight. I have started doing much more strength training and less cardio and I am starting to build back muscle. So, I am not sure if my weight will continue to decrease or if I have reached my ideal weight. Of course, I want to continue to lose bodyfat as I gain muscle mass.
I am due for a screening (cholesterol) and hope to have healthier numbers to report. I would really like to get off of the statin drug. I certainly look and feel healthier!
7/31/08: I am off the statin! My new cholesterol reading was 150!! ANd my HDL & LDL & Triglycerides were all in great shape. My CK levels were elevated, lending credence to the muscle aches and pains that I kept complaining about and the Doc said get off the drugs. Yeaaaa!
I am struggling to get to 170. I have been hanging around 178 since I worked the football camp this summer. I am much more muscular than I was, which is where I attribute some of the weight gain. Nevertheless, I still want to get to 170-174 (max).
Eating is an ever-constant battle. I just love to eat! I think I will become more discciplined when school starts. See how I use the kids as an excuse? Convenient, huh?
Football season starts next Tuesday, so I will be pushing myself this week in a final attempt to be in my best shape. I can't let these teenagers get the drop on me...
09/02/08: I am 3 lbs. from my goal weight! I know if I get disciplined again and just get to the gym a couple of days/week I can get there by my birthday (26th). I am really not as worried about my weight as I am my physical conditioning. I want to be in peak condition! I have reached most of my goals: lose bodyfat, lower BP, lower Cholesterol, build back some muscle. Now, I am ready to go to the next level. A few nagging injuries and a big appetitie are standing in my way...
11/11/08: I am training like an animal trying to keep up with my 14 year old Son! And, I am eating like an animal too... My weight has stayed around 175, but I feel some fat creeping on since I stopped doing cardio 3 times/week. Time to get back on it. I train with my Son in the morning before school and we only have about 35 minutes, so I have been hitting the weights and foregoing the cardio. That is probably a bad idea for me. I am starting to think about competing in a masters event (bodybuilding), but I need to get real. I have too many nagging injuries and other priorities in my life right now. I was eyeing some heavy duty supplements at a Mass Muscle store the other day (testosterone boosters) and the only thing that kept me from buying them was my economic condition. I should probably give up the childish things and just focus on good health...
2/28/09: 195 lbs. this morning... I am so ashamed of myself. I am only doing strength training and not enough of it. I have been eating like a horse since November 2008 and it shows. The gut that had left me is back with a vengeance. I am now facing the fact that I am a food addict and that I will be fighting obesity for the rest of my life.
3/09/09: Well, I am off to a roaring start... in the kitchen! I am out of control. And, since my son started running track and pulled a lower abdominal muscle, I have used this as an excuse to not train myself. I am so weak! I actually love to lift weights, but my right shoulder is acting up on me (chronic pain). I am training tonight no matter what. I really need to rejoin the gym and get on that elliptical trainer. I lost most of the weight that I have regained in the last 3.5 months by doing leg presses and logging hours each week on the elliptical. This is when I had the surgery on my left shoulder and was walking around in a sling. I just need to get off my butt! See you in the gym and @ the weigh-ins!
6/14/09: I am caught up in one of those cycles that I thought I was above. I know how to work out, I know how to eat. So, why am I struggling?? The answer is self-discipline! I lack it in every aspect of my life. Getting older has just given me another excuse. If I am ever to get myself in shape, now is the time!! Not tomorrow, not new year's, NOW! I am SOOOOOO disgusted with myself, I can hardly stand to think about it. Looking in a mirror is pure hell. The whole spare-tire look is killing me mentally. I weighed 175 lbs. one year ago and was on my way to being fit forever (so I told myself). Well here I am, back to 200 lbs. and hating life. It doesn't help that I am unemployed (I can't count my volunteer work as a high school football coach.), lost our family home, going broke fast and feeling a little ( a lot) hopeless. Daily, I tell myself that something is going to start clicking, or things can't get much worse. The problem is, things keep getting worse and I feel like I am on a slide that has been greased up. Stress is literally killing me. I haven't slept more than 3-4 hours at a time in over 2 years and the only thing that comforts me is food. I did feel good physically when I was 25 lbs. lighter, but that was so temporary... My knees are hurting, my right shoulder (opposite the one I had surgery on) is hurting, my neck and back are killing me from sleeping on a hard bed @ my mother-in-laws house and I am sure that my cholesterol levels are through the roof. I need professional help, or, at least a job!
1. Get healthy
2. Lose bodyfat
3. Build back muscle
4. cardiovascular health
5. lower cholesterol
6. lower blood pressure
7. Feel great!
8. Look great!
9. Set good example for kids
10. Take priority off eating
11. Rehab shoulder injury
12. Be Happy!
2/14 - 192 (2/22)
3/1 - 189 (3/4)
3/15 - 185 (3/25)
4/1 - 182
4/27 - 179
5/1 - 177
5/25 - 175
6/15 - 173
7/1 - 172
7/15 - 171
8/1 - 170
- 30 minutes of cardio (3x per week)
- 50 minutes of strength training (3x per week)
- Cut meal portions in half
-Watch what I eat and when
60 minutes of cardio (3x/week)
20 minutes of strength training (3x/week) until cleared by physician
Rehab through physical therapy
Do a better job staying on track with calorie consumption and quality of food choices
After taking a brief sabbatical from training (too busy with football), I am ready to resume.
What seems to work well is about 60 minutes of Strength Training 3 x per week and 30-60 minutes of cardio 3 X per week.
(now 192!!) 2/23
(now 188!!) 3/4
(now 185) 3/25
Pants size: 38;
(now 175) 6/4
(now 175.2) 8/5
176 on 11/11
- Dad to 3, husband to 1
-Jimmy Buffett fan "ParrotHead"
-high school football coach
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