The Start of my Weight Loss Journal!
See that belly!? Yeah I see it too This was actually not current, but represents about what I look like when I’m over weight!!
I know many of us, when we want to start something new (like losing weight) generally plan, get motivated and buy a bunch of healthy foods from our local grocery store. We might even go join a gym and count all the calories! Well, that’s me (except for the calorie part…I’m not doing that yet) I’ve joined a gym (Gold’s Gym), bought some good food and now I’m out to lose some weight and become more fit! I’m actually about two weeks in already, and thought that a weight loss journal online would help make it fun and keep me going! It’s been a while since I’ve done a lot of physical fitness stuff and so I don’t know the best way to lose weight, but I will learn. I figure if I eat less and healthy along with exercise I will start to see some results!
So, I’m overweight!
My name is Brandon, and although I don’t look terribly overweight, according the the BMI (Body Mass Index), I am in fact obese. I weighed in a couple weeks ago at 217 pounds and I’m only 5’7”. My goal is to get down to about 175 pounds. I don’t think I’ve weighed that much since I was like 15 years old. I live on my own and don’t really have a kitchen, so sometimes its really hard to eat healthy, it’s much easier to just go to McDonald’s a splurge on the $1 menu! (Man I love the $1 menu! You feel like you get so much food for far less the price of a regular meal, right?!?!)
Just a random picture of me and my girlfriend! Yeah we’re crazy sometimes
The thing about doing this online, is that your exposed to the whole world, or at least everyone that comes by. I’m considering doing video blogs that corresponds to my posts, but not sure I have enough courage to do that. I’m gonna put up some “before and after weight loss” pictures as well! My overall plan is to update this about twice a week detailing how my workouts go at the gym, a synopsis of what I ate and my overall progress to my weight goal! Also, I think I’m going to put a couple of pages that details my current workout routine and diet. It should make things fun and help me stay on track! I also hope to start a newsletter type thing that gives tips and advice on weight loss and working out.
Two Week Update
Since I’m starting this two weeks in, I thought I would catch you up to where I am! The thing about gyms is that they can be overwhelmingly intimidating. You step in there, and you’ve got all of these insane people who know every exercise in the book and your on the treadmill wondering what button to press to get the thing started. So, in my case I decided I needed a plan or I was just going to go from machine to machine aimlessly. I decided to download an app called iFitness Pro off of iTunes for my iPhone. It’s like $1 so it doesn’t put you out much. It’s has just about every exercise in the book and even has some videos to show you the more complicated moves!
Getting a plan!
I’m still trying to find the best exercise routine. The best one I found so far, was their pre-made plan for weight loss. It has me doing 5 minutes of cardio and then physical exercises that work out the whole body. I then do another 5 minutes cardio and do the exercises again. I do this two or three times. I also want to do some strength training. I’m not out to get a similar physical body to those bodybuilding people, but to just be fit and toned. I don’t think I’ll ever get the weight loss workout routaine because I think that it will keep changing to whatever I need.
I’m still overweight in this picture…even if it doesn’t look like it! But it was when I was lighter. The black make me look skinnier! lol
I knew that if I didn’t start eating right, that I wasn’t actually going to lose a whole lot of weight, even with the exercising. This is hard for me, because I don’t like to spend a lot of money on food (it’s expensive…go figure. I mean you spend money on food…and then it’s gone in like a couple days!). But I decided that food is important and that I should spend more money on food, so I did. I’m even thinking of going the organic route…but this is proving to be a lot more pricey! If you have any ideas of eating healthy and cheaply I would love to hear about it.
Join me on this Weight Loss Journey!
I would love for you to come along side me on my weight loss journal and maybe we could even lose some weight together! If you’ve started a diet and want some accountability, feel free to post your story in the comments below!