Thursday, April 15, 2010
This has been quite the journey for me!!
When I started this journey on December 28th, 2009 I looked like this:
I weighed 264 lbs in that picture
Scary huh!! I see a person who got really lazy, had no energy, wasnít helpful around the house, ate and ate and ate, obese man who did zero exercise and needed to change something.
I made up my mind that I was going to get healthy again, what did that mean, I wasnít sure at the time. My first objective was to drop weight and feel better!! I randomly said I would drop 64lbs to get myself to 200lbs. Why 200, like I said, it was random. I felt like that was a number I could obtain over the course of the calendar year for 2010. I joined SparkPeople because a friend at work used it, I thought it would help me too. Then I started walking, a lot. During the month of January, I walked 3-5miles a day easily. I woke at 5am to get my first 3 miles for the day. I started tracking every calorie I ate, I started drinking water like crazy. Before I knew it, I was 10lbs lighter. WOW, that wasnít bad I thought. I started paying very close attention to how much I ate. Notice I said how much I ate. I still ate what I wanted, I just moderated how much of it I ate. I started getting a craving to do more and more to regain my health. When February came around, I had some friends give me an elliptical machine for the garage. I got up at 5am and worked as hard as possible for 45 minutes typically. I was burning calories left and right and I was loving it. I was also doing three or four walks during the day at work, as well as working out when I got home from work. All in all I was averaging around 100 minutes of fitness a day, even on the weekends. Being consistent was my key, consistency with my calorie counting as well as working out! By the end of February I had dropped nearly 40lbs. I couldnít believe it was falling off my body so Ďeasilyí.
March came around and I kicked it up another notch. I worked even harder, pushing myself more and more all the time. Started working out with a trainer (along with my wife) on Saturday morning and by the time the end of March came around, Iíd dropped around 50lbs. By now Iím getting a lot of comments that something is different about me, which was cool! By now my wife is fully on board with my journey and a lot of the workout Iím doing is side by side with her, thatís been great!! The more I lost, the hungrier I got to drop more, so I worked even harder. I travelled several weekends during March and still managed to drop weight every weekend except one, not bad for being on the road. While on the road, I ran on the treadmill at the hotels, typically 2.5 miles or so twice a day. When April rolled around I was getting closer and closer to my original year end goals. I could taste them I was so close. We (wife and I) started doing Insanity in the garage every morning at 5am. That program is insane and burns a great deal of calories each workout. I also kept up the second workout after work pushing myself even harder to sweat it out.
108 days after I started this journey, I look like this:
I now see a man who has more energy, helps out at home more, cares about what he and his family eats, has a much clearer head.
I am proud to say that I have lost 63.2 lbs, I now weigh only 201.2 and I feel like a new man.
Here is my progress Chart I've kept from the beginning (sorry it's a bit messy)
What's next??? 190 here I come!!! I'm not done yet, I'm still working hard and I love it!!