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My first real 5k. I ran the whole thing.

Me, about a year ago


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I am a 27 year old male, living in the hot and beautiful Merida (Mexico).

When I was a kid, I was chubby, but while I was at the university I used to be very thin. I gained some weight (ok, a lot of weight) when I started working (as I became less active) and then a lot more from the time I lived in Miami. At one time I weighed around 110 kg (that's 242 lb for you non-metric folks).

But even more worried than my weight issues (and I was worried, believe me) I was concerned about my fitness. I did nothing all day but sit in a office and eat and sleep. I decided it was time to change it.

I started walking back home from the office and then riding my bike to and from the office. I lost around 20 kg (44 lb), but it was not enough. I was no longer obese (by BMI standards), but I was still way overweight.

I started doing some other activities, but I was not focusing on my weight anymore, and although I dropped another 5 kilos (11 pounds) through those 2 years, my weight had pretty much stayed the same.

Still, I was playing football every Sunday and walking at least 20 mins every other day... my fitness was improving and I started feeling better with myself.

Alas, maintaining the status quo was doing no good. So I decided it was about time I pulled my act together and "ran" (pun intended) the last mile.

I remembered signing on to Spark People and decided to give it one more try.

I started at 90 kg aiming to drop till 70 kg (almost in the middle zone of the Normal BMI range).

But I want the weight loss to be a byproduct of getting fit, and I don't feel like suffering along the way. No fad diets, no shunning on certain foods just cuz they are high in carbs, no OCD-like beahavior about counting calories and no overstressing over nutrients. I will make changes to my lifestyle, but I dont want to live a life where I will feel guilty of having a slice of chocolate cake. Just being aware of the portion size should be enough, as long as I keep myself active, and you can bet I will.

I will succeed.

I want to be fitter, and lose some weight in the process.

UPDATE: Uhh... 'minor' setback: after losing 5 kg, I gained 10... And since then I've managed to drop 5kg, so back to square one it is. Except I am more fit than ever and I can do more exercise and losing the extra pounds should be easier. In fact, I've ran a 5k race and am doing Shaun T's Insanity.

UPDATE 2: And... of course I went back to my default state of laziness and gained enough weight to get back to 90 kilos. I never finished Insanity (although I was doing great) and I stopped running (even though I had promised myself I wouldn't).

But since, I started running again (this time in company of my baby on his stroller), and I am trying to lose the weight, this time for real. I've done a good job, since I'm down to almost 84, and the weight is still going down.

Member Since: 12/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,592

My Goals:
Lose some weight, but mostly get fit (the weight loss will come with time)

My Program:
I completed the c25K program, and tried luck at Insanity. I know I can do it (but it is hard as hell)... that said, I had to put it on hold after 2 and a half weeks of doing it. I will start it again sometime.

In the meantime, this is the plan:

Go out for a run every other day, if possible, with my baby. One of this days I'll finish a marathon...

On the odd days, do some of Mark Lauren's YAYOG bodyweight exercises.

As for diet, I'm trying out Tim Ferriss' 4 hour body. It's working so far, and I guess in a sense it is healthier than what I used to do.

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  • v LISAKAY73
    Hi thanks for the encouragement I have not skipped a lot of days only missed two but I am happy with myself with the progress I have made. I have for the first time in my life made sense of proper form and have been doing nicely. I enjoyed my rest days and I think I eally needed the second one as the first one was more or less just lack of time. Thanks again have a great day!
    2573 days ago
  • v LISAKAY73
    Which do you think would be better to do The Insanity or the P90x? It seems that both are good but honestly just starting out not sure if I should go there and jump in just yet or try to work up to that direction. I know they are not for every one.
    2582 days ago
    That's all I could think of while stretching is "who sweats while stretching". emoticon

    Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it. I will push play in the morning. I am ready for Shaun T.
    2583 days ago
  • v LISAKAY73
    Hi thanks for your comment on my blog :) I really appreciate the support as I do not get any from round here. I hope to one day to achieve the confidence you have in working out. I don't think enjoying the pain from working out is weird at all it was a satisfying feeling for me and working through day 3 today was great.
    2583 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog Insanity Day 1 - Fit Test. I think what helped me a little on my fit test was the fact that I have been doing bootcamp at the gym for over 6 weeks. I was hoping to do better on the fit test but that was the best I could have done yesterday. Hopefully I improve in two weeks if I survive. emoticon emoticon
    2584 days ago
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