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Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Ima Clarkonian!
Instead of always hijacking JasonN's thread, I thought I'd start my own. I've seen with Octagon's thread how helpful a cheering section can be. I'm hoping you all will indulge me.
Here it is: I'm fat. I hate being fat. I'm tired of being fat. I started dieting a few months ago but kind of slipped for awhile. About a month and a half ago, I decided to retool and get back to it in earnest. I was 285 pounds (down from 297, my heaviest weight ever). I had little energy and was depressed. My joints hurt and I really hated how I looked. I've always been big. I have a barrel chest and was always what you'd call "corn fed". At my healthiest and when I was in great shape, I weighed 225 lbs. I ran 3-5 miles a day, lifted, exercised. I dare say I cut a pretty imposing figure at 6'1". So, I started dieting and exercising again. I was pushing my walks to the 4 mile mark but started having some serious pain in my hips and lower back. It got to the point I couldn't walk without pain. If I did a 4 mile walk, I was laid up for three or four days after. I went to a chiropractor and found out my pelvis was out of whack. My right leg was an inch and a half shorter that the left. Two sessions had me straightened out and pain free. I started mixing in some jogging with my 4 mile walks, increasing the distance each time. Tonight, I did a total of 5.5 miles. I walked the first three and managed to run the last 2.5. My leg muscles hurt like heck and I'll have difficulty walking tomorrow but I feel good about myself. I started using an app called "lose it". It helps track my caloric intake, calories burnt, etc. Its pretty cool. It has the dietary info on eleventeen thousand foods, brand name products and restaurant foods. If a brand name isn't in there, it has a bar code reader you can use that will enter it. It lists a bunch of activities and the amount of calories you can expect to burn. It even has hunting in it. You burn a lot of calories hunting, BTW. Its been really helpful. I've been losing 3-4 lbs a week. My joints don't hurt, my clothes are getting big and my mood is much better. This morning, I weighed 261 pounds. My goal is 220 right now. If the weight keeps coming off like it has been, I may go for 200. So, I hope you don't mind if I post here for the occasional affirmation.
I don't have ducks. I don't have rows. I have squirrels. And they're drunk.