Why I Got Started
The reason I got started is the same as for many people who want to change habits in their lives or something about themselves. Basically when someone becomes so sick of acting a way or looking a way they tend to try to do something about it. I say try because in the past I have tried to transform and have had certain degrees of success but nothing ever stuck.
I would always revert back to old habits. I got to the point where I would be like heavier people and just start blaming my metabolism and genetics. I did this as a way to help justify my weight gain and eating habits. I would say I was just born to be bigger. My classic line to my wife all the time was "I am not that far from being in good shape." It was not too long after that repeated saying she said "yeah but you are getting farther everyday."
The fact is that even with justification you always know when you are lying to yourself. I knew inside that it was my decisions that had caused me to put on 5-7 lbs every year till now I was over 50 pounds above my "ideal" weight. My decision came about in December when my wife said we should take some family pictures for Christmas. First off I hate taking pictures because it is just a reminder of how out of shape I was.
Funny how you can lie to a mirror but then a picture won't listen. I did not feel like the person in that photo (we never do). I felt like I looked in high school. Then I decided I did not want to "feel" like that person anymore ... instead I wanted to become him. So I went on a fatty food frenzy for the next 10 days. I know that sounds terrible because I had made a decision to change, but to me it made perfect sense finish '04 a fatty and then let the good times roll. (Here is the Family Picture from Christmas and a more recent one.)
How I Did It
My goals were formed and not just to lose weight but to transform my body. I gave myself a reasonable deadline of my 29th birthday which was 4 1/2 months away (May 15
th). I wanted to get my weight to 175 and my BF % under 10%.
In the past I had purchased a couple of transformation books in hopes that buying a book would somehow transform me. Well luckily I hung on to them and the one that I used as my guide is called the '
Leanness Lifestyle' by David Greenwalt.
The first thing I did was establish what my BMR was (Base Metabolic Rate); that is how many calories I burn a day doing nothing.
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