Saturday, April 19, 2008

My own weight loss challenge

Tonight, I stepped on the scale and found that I weighed 172 pounds. This is the most I've ever weighed in my life. I think it's about time I do something to lose some weight.

Back during my freshman year of college, I remember flipping out because I hit 164 pounds. That was the most I had ever weighed at the time. That figured shocked me into action, and a few months later, I had myself down to 154 pounds and in the absolute best shape of my life.

I'm hoping to do the same thing here, except I have much further to go. My goal is to get down to 155 pounds. However, I realize that's going to take a lot of time. Therefore, I'll be taking things one step at a time. Right now, I'd really like to see 165 pounds within a couple of weeks. I'm going to try my best to get back into a rhythm of working out every day. In addition, the weather has finally started to warm up, so I'll play as much basketball as possible to get my cardio in.

I'm just sick of feeling fat. I used to have fairly toned abs, but now I'm just flabby. My arms used to be ripped. Now they hardly have any definition at all. My clothes don't fit me as well as they used to. I'm in terrible cardiovascular shape. I'm just done being fat. I've always been an athlete, and I feel I'm too young to just let myself go.

My plan for motivation is simple: I'm going to post my weight twice a week (Saturday and Wednesday mornings). That way, I'll now only have a record of my progress, but I'll also be holding myself accountable. It'll be my personal challenge. I really want to hit that 155 mark again, and posting my weight to the virtual masses should keep my motivation up.

I'm going to try to clean up my diet a little bit, but the most important thing to me is really the exercise. I just need to make sure I work out daily without fail. A couple months of it, and I should be nice and lean again.

My life is kind of pointless right now, so I figure I might as well give myself some kind of challenge. If I pull this off, I'll be quite proud of myself... something I haven't felt in a long time.


Anonymous said...

Don't you think it's a bad idea to work out every day considering you're unfit. You don't want to injure yourself or burn out. I consider myself very fit and if I have to have one day of rest after a hard workout.

However you decide to exercise, though, good luck. We'll cheer you on.

Pharmacy Mike said...

I'm unfit for me... which is still more fit than a majority of people. I'm unfit in that I can only run maybe a 7 minute mile now. I'm unfit in that I can't play 4 basketball games in a row anymore.

My body can handle the exercise. Plus, the way I work out makes me start slow and work up.

Ariadne said...

Eat clean. That's the best advice I can give you. I gained weight last year when I started school because I was eating a bunch of processed crap. I started eating cleaner this January, and I've dropped 20lbs so far. I feel SO much better; far less sluggish and fatigued. I don't get all anal about it, I just try not to eat pre-made, highly processed food if I can help it. Obviously, there are times when I don't have a choice (some hospitals around here don't have cafeterias that stay open 24hrs, so I end up relying on vending machines if I'm on a run and don't have the opportunity to go elsewhere) but when I can, I do.

Now if I could just do something about my coffee addiction, I'd be a true birkenstock-wearing-raw-and-organic-food-eating-hairy-legged-hippie! (I'm kidding about the hairy legs. The rest, unfortunately, has some truth to it)