OK, so here I go! First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN
for putting this site together. And THANK YOU SO MUCH
to all you folks that post here. This site has already gotten me to a point that I never thought I would get to.
This post will include some basic info, my story, and some questions. If any of you that have been through this before me are willing to take the time to provide feedback, it would be fantastic.
So, I'm 23 years old. Grew up in Scandinavia and like all others played soccer until I was 13 and did a lot of skiing until I was about 16. That's when I moved away from home to go to high school (yup, I come from a small town with no high school). I went to a boarding high school, which meant "eat as much as you want" meals every day...
I spent 3 years there and gained quite a lot of fat. After that I moved to the States, finished up my Bachelor degree on the West Coast where I was introduced to Jack in the Box and Taco Bell - open 24 hours. I got into the mindset that it was all okay as long as I didn't get the curly fries. I moved to Boston 1,5 years ago, and all in all I've been overweight for the last... hmm... 6-7 years or so, but was never fit before that. I have never, until now, been educated on what to eat, when and why. I always thought it was sooo much stuff going on with macronutritients, vitamins, proteins, iron, blood cells, etc etc hehe - you get the point, it was just a big mix to me.
I found JSF after John did an interview with the largest newspaper in Norway. But still, it felt like one of those stories where noone else could really do something like that. Until I found the site. This community seems fantastic! After digging in, there are tons of success stories, non-biased information, and encouragement!
So I read up on all the nutrition stuff about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I have been doing 30 minutes of pretty heavy cardio (85%) before breakfast in the mornings about 3-4 times per week, and eaten around 2200 calories every day, aiming towards the 20/40/40 distribution. I have found the eating to go well so far, I have found some really good stuff. Here is my standard day in terms of food and workout:
07:00 Cardio - 0.5 miles at 13 minute miles, 1.5 miles at 9 minute miles, then 0.5 at 13 minute miles
08:00 2 servings of On Whey Chocolate with 14 Oz of nonfat milk in the blender (tastes fantastic with ice)
08:00 2 slices of low fat wheat or wheat bread with mackrell in tomato sauce (I know this sounds gross to most of you, but it is reeaally good... and healty -> http://www.nordichouse.com/detail.aspx?ID=46
) - 1 oz has 80 cals, 6g of fat (1.5 sat, 2.5 poly, 2 mono), 1g carbs, 3.5g of protein. I eat 2oz on the bread.
11:00 A banana
13:00 Lunch: Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken
from Panera Bread (nutrition facts: http://www.panerabread.com/familynut...x?familyid=183
) and Low-Fat Chicken noodle soup (http://www.panerabread.com/familynut...px?familyid=50
18:00 Dinner: varies - sometimes just more bread with mackrell, or salmon - or a chicken salad - or chicken and veggies in wok with rice, fried in olive oil
I started at around 210 lbs and I'm now at around 200lbs. My height is 5'10''. I've been taking some pictures, but have not really seen much happening, however I do feel that my belt is getting looser, so that is good. I am only 3 weeks in after all.
So, here is what I've learned so far that I will try to incorporate into my plan:
- I need to lift weights. Signed up with Boston Sports Club (again) yesterday. Will 3 times per week be enough in the beginning? If so, what should I do? Is there a good website that explains the basic exercises well? I know that I'll feel like a dork in the weigh lifting room, so any help here is appreciated.
- Slow down on my cardio - maybe buy a heart rate monitor so I know that I don't push myself too hard - try to get to 70%.
- Eat 5-6 meals per day. I have to split my lunch in 2 - and maybe start drinking whey shakes after the weight lifting workout (since this will have to be in the evenings after work).
I also try to eat 4 CLA capsules every day - any experience with this, folks? I've heard great things about it, but read very little about it in this forum. Also, what do you do to keep motivated when lifting weights? Do people often progress quickly, so that in itself helps? I am looking for a simple program in the beginning.
Anyways, just wanted to introduce myself to the forum and get some best practice advice. I really admire what you have built here, folks. I have never been more determined than now. Oh, and I use FitDay (not the PC version) for tracking - have found it to be great so far. It is an easy way to keep track because there is so much food stored in their database.
Also, what do you guys think about buying a body fat measure thing? LOL, this i probably the most unorganized post in the universe, but all feedback is appreciated!
A special thanks to marcus and gravityhomer (if you read this, I actually live in Allston too) for two great guides - they really compliment each other superbly.