I had been thinking about this for a while, losing weight that is. It’s a long overdue goal for me, and with an incredibly open, honest and motivating conversation late last night, I decided it was time to really get this moving. I’ve been here before though, trying, making a little effort, and always ending the same way: still fat.
I thought about it last night during our conversation and I realized, I not only hadn’t set goals, but I wasn’t sure exactly how much I weighed, or what my real measurements were. So for lack of a tailors tape measure, I’ll have to get that part another day, but for my current weight: 272lbs.
So there you have it… that’s exactly how much of me there is to love. 😉 Not that I’ve ever sought after being less of a person, but I think it’s about time. So I bought a new scale (you’ll be seeing a lot of it), got my treadmill out, tuned it up, plugged it in and I’m already moving forward. I figured what better way to start Day #1 of #OperationGetSkinny then to get in a workout.
So… where am I? Right here: 3 miles in 59:25 and 318 calories burned. (I’ve got a looooong way to go!)
Now for the important part! Goals:
1) Lose 60 pounds.
2) Run 3 consecutive sub-10 minute miles.
3) Drop inches! (numbers coming soon)
I knew I needed to know where I was starting out to judge where I’d need to go and how hard I’d need to work. Based on the math, I’m looking to cut my 1 mile running time down by 50% and lose over 20% of my body weight. I think these goals are attainable and I will be working every day to change how I live, eat, and exercise to reach them. Of course you’ll all be able to chart my progress here for work not to see! :-p
As you can imagine, even you skinny people, this isn’t going to be easy. I’ve already gotten amazing words of encouragement from my friends and family and with everyone’s support, I know I can beat this.
See you all on the small side! 🙂
13 thoughts on “Day #1 – Know where you are…”
Support, support, support! Nothin’ but love, man. The last time I didn’t struggle with my weight / pants size was back in high school, so I empathize like crazy and I’ll be trying to exercise more along with you.
you can do it! and if you need healthy (and yummy) food advice, i’m happy to help!
I def will be looking for advice at some point soon!! Thanks! Once my workout routine is set and I’m sick of packaged foods and stuff, I will surely need to find some easy things to start making for lunch and pack for work for the week!
You can do this! I have been on the treadmill at 5-5:30am every day for a couple weeks now, it does get easier (which I never thought it would), except of course after those rough nights of drinking. lol. Change in the diet will be a big help! Good luck to you, I definitely support you through this and am willing to help with getting you any new exercises you may need. 🙂
Thanks, you rock!!! I don’t know how you do it at 5am?! 8am this morning was kicking my ass, but hopefully you’re right and it’ll get easier for me too. I’m think two-a-days might be the way to go for me until I’m ready to full on workouts in the morning!
Steve: First of all — I have utmost faith in you. I also know you’re surrounded by tons of people that have a little knowhow and a lot of love/support.
One of my biggest pet peeves with people trying to lose weight is that they set arbitrary goals that have little to do with the math. If you’re not going to use something like the BodyMedia armband (that directly measures the heat coming off your body, and thus your caloric expenditure) I implore you to become familiar with your RMR (resting metabolic rate) x HBE (Harris Benedict Equation) number. There are tons of web sites that can calculate this for you.
1lb = 3,500 calories; 2lbs=7,000 calories
CDC says people that lose 1-2lbs per week (on average, you’ll lose more in the beginning) tend to keep it off for good. CDC also says people that foodlog tend to be more successful in losing weight, so I’m glad to see that you’re foodlogging. To lose weight, either you need to increase your caloric expenditure (exercise), decrease your caloric input (eat less, eat better) or do a mixture of both. Knowing your caloric expenditure will help with this.
And one of my other favorite things to say is that food is no longer food. It’s fuel.
Everything you put in your mouth will be in your tank when you exercise. Make it unleaded and premium.
You’re gonna kill it, man!
I really admire what you’re doing here. If there is ever anything that I can do to support you, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to do it!