I’ve decided its time to follow in the tracks of such august luminaries as Jared Fogle, Oprah and other bloggers and start documenting my battle of the bulge. I’m not aiming for an audience but I realize at some moment or other someone might walk in here and find this. With this in mind I’ll try to document as much as possible in case anyone finds this helpful.
I obviously have to admit that my habits are not helping. My personal rationalization states that I don’t eat all that bad, I just eat too much. I do have some evidence of this as in 2008 I had blood work done to find out how bad things were, the result being an encouraging “all clear” in the cholesterol and tri-triglycerides (my wife is thin, yet she has higher levels of both), along with normal blood pressure levels. However, since that time I’ve gained even more weight and started to get into the high blood pressure range. This has finally nudged me into action, so here we are. Will this work? It better or I’ll be in big trouble health wise.
Since I’m admitting that I’m in trouble implies that I’ve been doing things wrong, I’m going to work with a nutritional expert. I’m going with a recommendation from a friend of my wife although I’m not entirely sold on this person as she has her office in the second story of her family’s home in a rather seedy part of town. I’ll give her a month unless she completely turns me off. The idea was to get this published before my first visit but, as it turns out, I’ve already had my consultation. I’ll create a follow up post for that. Since I’m not entirely sold I will withhold her name.
253 lbs / 114.75 kgs on my untrustworthy scale
The starting point
I have a scale at home, although I’m not terribly confident in its reliability but its the one I have. That scale read 253 lbs (114.75 kgs) although this is subject to a little calibration experiment I want to try and run. I’ll posts the results on that as well.
My height is 1.75 m (5 ft, 9 in) so inputting those values into a BMI calculator I get: 37.6. Yikes. Technically this only makes me “obese”. For some rather interesting results I took these values to the Wolfram Alpha.
Before starting I didn’t have a goal beyond getting into a healthy weight range, I haven’t been thin in many years so its very likely I’ll never be so again, but I must have a goal, otherwise there’s no accounting. As a motivational ploy, I’ve made a friendly bet with a friend regarding this, the terms of which I’ll keep to myself. Suffice it to say that it’s a good motivator and to win the bet I must reach 80 kgs (about 176 pounds.) Theoretically this is above my ideal weight of between 128 (58 kg) to 169 lbs (76.7 kg) based on my height. Are you kidding me? I’m not going for the concentration camp look, I just want a normal weight so I’m standing pat on my 80 kg goal.
Now, I read somewhere that nutrition experts want people to lose 10% of their weight a year until they reach their ideal weight, so that the gains (or losses in this case) can be made permanent. At that pace I would need way more than a year, which just goes to show you how much overweight I really am. With this in mind, my yearly goals would be:
- Year 1: Starting at 253 lbs, drop 25 lbs (11.34 kg), reach 228 (103.42 kg). I have previously lost up to 13 kgs in about 3 months so this is perfectly attainable.
- Year 2: drop 23 lbs (10.43 kg), reach 205 (93 kg).
- Year 3: drop 20 lbs (9 kg), reach 185 (83.9 kg).
- Year 3.5: drop 9 lbs (4 kg), reach 176 (79.8 kg).
I’m not sure the nutrition expert will take me along these goals but I will ask her about them (on my second appoinment as the first one has already gone by.)
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