I've been perusing the forums for the last few weeks here, quietly slurping up as much knowledge as possible, but I've decided to finally make myself known
I have what I see now is a fairly typical start-off story: I am approaching 30, in garbage condition, I can hardly run across a small parking lot without getting winded, I've been living on taco bell and frappuccinos for the last 8 years and I'm getting tired of seeing what I see in the mirror.
I'm 6'0 and generally have been tipping the scale in the 225-235 area. I estimate my body fat at approximately 30%, and have a 40" waist.
Since I've been reading here, I've totally started to realize that not all hope is lost; folks in similar or worse shape than myself have gotten in awesomely good shape and improved their quality of life tremendously.
My goal is to be in the 180 weight area, with some serious muscle tone. There are several activities that would be facilitated by this, and I'm in no shape to do them now - breakdancing, gymnastics, rock climbing.
I think I've got a couple great things going for me:
- An amazing coach/workout partner, who is himself a training body builder.
- A beastly metabolism, I'm always running hot, and I know that slight reductions in calories or increases in cardio pull fat off me double-quick.
- I work 50 hours a week on my feet, keeps me active in a very basic way.
In the past I've done 1 of the 3 primary elements of getting in shape at a time, and (predictably
) had shoddy, slow, and temporary results. This is the first time I've really began to put it all together: diet, strength training, and cardio.
Here's to a new life!
Starting - 230lb