It occurred to me that I never posted my starting points (I’ve added this to
Starting Weight – 297lbs (5/28/12)
Stomach – 54″
Pant size – 44-46″
Chest – 53″
Total circumference at widest point (around arms at widest part of chest) – 60″
So, I’m 5 foot around. That’s a nice round number to go with my nice round physique.
I figured I should also outline my goals:
- I want to be able to get out of the shower, look in the mirror and not go “Yecchhh…”
- I want to be able to run for a whole mile.
- I want to be able to ride a bike without flattening the tires.
- I want to be able to buy clothes at the mall and not from the Fatso catalogs.
- I want to be able to keep up with my kid as he gets bigger and faster
I don’t really have a specific weight goal. I’ve been 6’3″ since about 8th grade and at that point I was 225lbs. The last time I saw a weight that started with a 1 was in 5th grade (6’1″). I’m a big dude… I don’t expect to get rail thin nor do I want to. I like being large, but I wish I wasn’t fat.
I’ve been working on losing weight since my kid was born in 2009. I’ve cut out a lot of junk food, soda and other treats semi-successfully. I have had a few bad binges over the years, but I’ve been steady around 295-297 since he was born. My wife and I wanted our son to have all the benefits of eating healthy right from the start so we stopped allowing soda in the house unless it was a big party (eventually even stopping that), we stopped buying garbage and started shopping as much as we could at organic shops, farmer’s markets and ordering meat CSAs. At one point we were on the Schwarzbein Principle which shares some similarity with eating primal. We stuck to it for about a month but fell off for some unknown reason. Some months we were spending $500+ on dining out. It was hurting us both physically and financially. Did I mention I’m part Scottish? I’ve got a cheap streak that astounds most people. I’m a fan of the philosophy that the best way to make money is not to spend it.
I’m also mostly Irish… which means I like my beer and my potatoes, which I eat and consume en masse. Even when I was “behaving” I still drank. I was a notorious binge drinker through most of my 20s. I would drink a fifth of 151proof rum at a party mixed with a litre bottle of Diet Dr Pepper sometimes as often as once a week. Eventually I stopped doing it weekly and moved it back to monthly… then quarterly. My constitution waned and it took much less alcohol to get me drunk, but still more than the average person. I wore my constitution as some sort of idiot badge of pride. I was known as Mr 151 for a while. Looking back at those times I know I had fun, but what kind of lasting damage did it cause? The weekend before I started this, I was on a bachelor party. In a single day I drank close to an entire fifth of straight whiskey and gorged on chips and trail mix. I didn’t feel good about that.
I got my job in Boston in January of 2009 and for the first year or so I drove in to the subway with minimal walking. One day I decided I should start taking the train. I would drive the 1 mile to the train and take that instead… still no walking. Then one nice day I decided to see how long it would take me to walk to the station as it wasn’t good for my car at the time to start and stop so quickly. It took me about 20 minutes and it gave me some energy. I started walking nearly every day since. Now I do it in about 15 minutes. This was a good start for me but not great. I soon started getting fed up with waiting for the Green Line subway to take me to the train that I decided to start walking to a more reliable Orange Line subway about a half mile from my office. Then I started walking the whole way to North Station, about 2 miles away. I found that walking to North Station was great because I got to walk through Boston Common and the Public Gardens and there was a particularly challenging walk up Beacon Hill. I wasn’t always consistent with my walks though. I rarely did them in the morning because I thought I’d be sweaty before work. I’ve done that walk twice this week in the morning and not been a mess so I’ll continue with my walks if time allows (I need to get to the 735 train instead of my regular 750 train to have time to get into the office). So, if I do those 3 walks every day, I do about 5 miles a day, which is a lot for me. I’m focusing now on getting my average speed up to about 4.5mph, but it’s hard to gauge with having to stop for crosswalks. I’m also interested in starting the couch to 5K. I had started it a few weeks ago but a few late nights had me waking up too late to get into the office gym in time to do it. More excuses.
I’m hoping this blog will keep me accountable, which is why I’m hoping people subscribe to it so I have someone to answer to. I need to keep myself truthful as well. Lying about progress or eating only hurts myself. So, please spread the word and help me by pushing me in the right direction. I really do respond well to positive reinforcement.
To end on a positive up-note, my weight today is 289lbs. I’ve lost 8lbs from only 3 days of active participation in the diet and only one solid 5 mile walk day.