Here's the problem: I don't know much about exercise or nutrition. I mean, I'm a fairly intelligent person and I know a few things, but not a lot. What I really want is for someone to just stand next to me all day and tell me when to work out, what to eat, what not to eat. Since that is not going to happen unfortunately I need some plan.
About two weeks ago I joined the gym. Maybe three weeks ago. Another of my goals is to gain some upper body strength. I've never been able to do a pullup, so doing so is one of my goals. I know that drastic changes in routine and diet tend to not last with me, so I'm trying to slowly change all of my bad habits.
I'm going to the gym three days a week. While there I do about 20 minutes of cardio, and about 30 minutes of lifting. Upper body stuff mostly.
I've also been trying to watch what I eat, and limit the really nasty things that are high in sugar and saturdated fats.
All of this is great, but I still feel like I have no clear goals, and I don't really know what I'm doing. There is so much information out there about nutrition and exercise that its overwhelming. When I start to think about it and do research, I realize I'm spending all of my time doing just that, when instead I should be working out and eating correctly.
So for now, forget all that. Here is my plan.
Exercise: I'm going to continue to lift weights 2-3 days a week. At the minimum, every Tuesday and Thursday after work. I'm going to do some form of cardio activity 20-30 minutes every morning, Monday through Friday. In addition to these two things I make it a point to do one thing every weekend that I enjoy that involves physical activity. This past weekend it was white water rafting. One weekend it was going on a hike. One time it was riding my bicycle 30 miles. Whatever.
Intake: I pack my lunch for work every day but Friday. On Fridays I go out with some friends from work, but order the healthiest thing on the menu. I pack a lot of small healthy things in my lunch so basically i'm eating small meals thoughout the day. I have things like low fat yogurt, soy milk with no fat, tune fish, bananas, apples, and sometimes these 100 calorie snacks from weight watchers. I sometimes eat "lean cuisines" and things like that when I forget or don't have time to pack my lunch.
This Blog: This is my newest plan to aid in my weight loss development. This blog will get updated weekly with my weight. Today for the first time I weighed myself (296.5lbs) and took pics of what I look like (gulp). I won't be posting the pics until I can show some inprovement. I will post in this blog with updates at the very least, weekly. I work as a web developer and spend a lot of time on a computer, so bringing this entire thing into that world will hopefully make it easier to keep up with my progress, and stay on track. The blog is here because I realize that in order to be successful my biggest hurdle to overcome is mental. I hope seeing my own progress and maybe sharing it with others will help me in that regard.
Overall: I'm sure my plan will change over time, and that is fine as long as I am working on getting to my goals. Right now, I'm not even sure what goal i want to achieve from a numbers point of view, just that I want to look better. So I've picked 215 pounds out of the air as a weight that seems like it would be good for me. But right now, I'm just concentrating on eating the right things, and working out while still having a good time at this. I really feel that it is time for less talk, and more action, so I don't really have much more to say.
Talk to you soon.
Still here, still working
6 months ago