Friday, December 2, 2011

Fat Ass No More

I have good news and I have bad news. 

First, the good news: Project Ass-pansion 2011 was a success!

Now, the bad news: Project Ass-pansion 2011 was a success.

I went to my doctor for my annual physical shortly before Thanksgiving and weighed in at my highest weight ever. No, I won't share the number with you. Suffice to say that when my doctor jotted down my ideal weight, I discovered that I've got 50+ pounds to lose. Yes, that's right. More than 50 pounds.

This isn't exactly a shock. I've been overweight for most of my adult life, but I've never been this overweight. And never with resulting health complications, like the near constant pain in my lower back over the last 6 months and my brand spankin' new cholesterol level of 219 (a full 40 points over where it was a couple years ago).

The best/worst part of it all is that I know I can lose this weight. Before I got married I lost 30 pounds by limiting my calorie intake and exercising 2-3 times a week. It was an entirely sustainable lifestyle, and then I got lazy, and then I got divorced. Turns out that lazy + divorced = fat ass. Who knew?

So to counter this laziness, I need to do two things: set some goals for myself, and make myself accountable. To you. Every Friday I'll post my progress and how well I adhered to my goals, and you'll be the enthusiastic and supportive readers I know you can be. And in exchange for holding me accountable and cheering me on, you get the voyeuristic experience of watching me succeed, or fail, at getting healthier. Lucky you.

My exercise goal is 3 workouts per week. This should be quite do-able since I signed up for twice weekly circuit training classes at the gym at work, leaving me just one workout to do on my own. I'm going to limit myself to 1600 calories a day to start, which is completely reasonable, and aim to meet that goal 5 out of 7 days of the week. Because I need a little splurge now and then.

So, without further ado....

Week 0:
Weight loss: 0 pounds
Number of workouts: 1 (32 minutes resistance training, 10 minutes exceptionally light cardio)
Number of days at or under 1600 calories: Didn't keep track. 

I'll post this on Friday mornings, and it will reflect the previous 7 days. This coming week won't be easy: I'll be traveling for work and eating out a lot, which always makes it more difficult. But I'm going to try, which is the only way I know to do this, and hopefully make a little progress - or at least not let the situation get any worse.


Anonymous said...

I soooooo need to join you. Only with a lot more weight to lose. I can't seem to keep my motivation! If only food and alcohol weren't so tasty...


ilovebabyquilts said...

Sign up for SOS too! Then you don't need to do a workout on your own.

Zalary said...

It was that very same discussion with my dr - weight + cholesterol + feeling like ass - that motivated me down the right path, and I feel sooo much better in every way. YOU GOT THIS!!

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