|Jul 7, 2012 9:40am||
My name is Lee, and I’m a 31 year old husband, teacher, and father of a one and a half year old spitfire girl.
I am 5’10, and a shade over 300 pounds. I have been at this weight for a few years… I have always started weight loss journeys, only to fall off the mark after I lost around 50 pounds. I have been hovering between 250-300 for the past 10 years.
I can’t quite make it to the gym the same way anymore, so I’m doing a little bit of bike riding in the morning (So far, I’m going for about 20-30 minutes, and 2.5 – 4 miles). I have resistance bands in my house, but shockingly, I don’t know what to do with them. If I had a machine, I’d be set, but these bands are foreign to me.
I tend to eat well (or well enough) when I actually chart what I’m eating. I hold myself considerably more accountable when I have to type in what I’m eating. I’m shooting for a life change… here, managing my life between 2000-2500 calories a day.
I have figured out that portion size is something I know nothing about. What I had assumed was a portion, well… isn’t. It’s 3. Sometimes 4. I’m getting much better with this.
I have 2 short term weight loss goals. By Feb 1, 2013, I would have liked to lose 60 pounds, bringing me down to approximately 250. By July 1, 2013, I would like to be down approximately 100-110 pounds, and hovering at around the 200 mark.
Long term, as a life change, I’d like to be hovering in the 170-180 area.
I also have short term fitness goals, and they all have to do with Biking.
By August, 2012, Goal is to be able to do a 20 mile run. By August, 2013, I’d like to be able to do a 50 mile run. By August, 2014, my goal is to compete in a Century Race.
I need help. Support. I am surrounded by family who can be somewhat negative (I’ve started and failed in the past, so they feel like being supportive is a waste of time.)
I just want to see my kid (and future kids) grow up. (tear)
Thanks for reading,
|Jul 7, 2012 11:22am||
I’m an educator too! I firmly believe in positive reinforcement and accountability. I’ll keep you motivated if you hold me accountable when I start slacking off.
|Jul 8, 2012 11:43pm||
|Aug 6, 2012 3:14am||
yes you need mental support more than the physical one…
|Aug 6, 2012 3:36pm||
Hey Lee. I feel your pain. I’m 34, and I’ve had similar struggles with weight. I had great success between the ages of 25 to 30, but after 30, my metabolism seems to have slowed right down.
I’m on a great track now though and losing weight at a great pace. I’ve learned a great deal over the years and am very knowledgable about nutrition and exercise. Hopefully I can be a valuable motivator for you.
I think your goal of running a half-century by August of next year seems very ambitious to me. You may want to consider pushing that goal out a year and focus on the weight loss goal for now. Of course you know yourself and what your capable of, but I just think it’s better to focus on one big goal at a time.
I think your weight loss goals are within reason. With hard work and strong will, this is definitely possible.
In my opinion, you should forget about counting calories. While it can be an effective way to lose weight, there are easier ways to do it that will be more maintainable after the weight is off. I strongly believe (and at this point, a large body of research supports my belief) that a low-carb, hight protein diet (ketogenic) is the easiest way to achieve the results you’re looking for. Combine that with high-intensity interval training (even small amounts help a lot), and you will be shocked at how fast the fat melts off.