OK, so I've never done anything like this before, but here goes.
I've come to terms with myself...I have a weight problem, and I need to get healthy if I ever want to see my 30's. I've never admitted this to anybody, and most importantly, myself...until now. I find it hard to do the things I love without feeling tired, out of breath, or in pain. I love hiking, camping, working on my truck, playing sports, etc...but recently, I've hit my peak weight and I'm done. Enough is enough...
I've tried dieting and going to the gym and doing all these complex, profound, routines with little success...but a story I saw on the news a few days ago inspired me to step forth and challenge myself to do the impossible.
Edwin Velez of Albertville, AL lost 100lbs in 4 months. He, like me, said enough is enough and started a plan he made on his own to lose the pounds, and he had incredible success. He's lost 140lbs so far, beginning at 285lbs.
This is the video aired on ABC last week, and it's gotten me in contact with this guy to ask him some questions about his routines, tips, tricks, etc.
My current height/weight, 6'2" & 312lbs. I'm 22 years old.
My goal weight, 212lbs.
My time frame, by spring break 2013 (March 17-23, 2013)
My plan: I'm going to follow Edwin's advice, sticking to high protein, and carbs only from fresh fruit and vegetables, no carbs that are white in color (rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, etc). Completely cutting out soda and sugary juices/drinks. No sweets, dessert, ice cream, etc. Salad with no dressing, no ketchup or sauces. Portion control is a HUGE factor in my plan as well. Indeed a lifestyle change...but I've never been so inspired or confident in my life.
Exercise: Edwin began walking for 45 min a day, then began to combine some jogging, eventually jogging the entire 45 min, before moving to running 5-10 miles a day. I hate running/jogging, but I do love mountain biking, so I may create my own variation of that.
I realize the scope of such an undertaking, but I've done great things in the past. This is just one thing that I've never wanted to deal with, thinking it'll just go away on it's own...but not anymore. I've always been self-conscious about my weight, since elementary school...but I know the healthy guy I can be...because I wasn't always heavy. I already feel better about myself for starting this.
In the past, keeping my attempts at weight loss a secret has not helped...it only encouraged me to cheat knowing nobody else would know. I know this forum has some of the greatest people I know, and I'm asking for your help to check up on me, ask me questions, and most importantly, cheer me on
Here's a photo of me at age 16, and a few recent photos. I'll be adding to this thread as time goes on.