Lets try this again...last time I posted this it got sucked into the black hole when wbb.com switched servers.
I dont know if it is me, or all lazy fatties out there...but, I have been justifying my over weight fat ass for quite some time. When I was 285, I told my self that if I got down to 205, I would be waaaay too lite, and I would end up getting pushed around by all my light-weight friends. Looking back now, I think I told my self this because 205 was so far away at the time, it seemed unrealistic.
When I got down to 240 last year, I wanted to hold there..with the idea of changing my density while staying at that weight. Now, weighing in at ~252, I can see that idea didn't quite work, although in my defense, I did gain more strength. After a lot of thinking, I think I am going to begin the process of widdling my fat ass down to 225.
Besides the obvious health benefits, there are a few other reasons I would like to do this. One, well, I have not seen 225lbs since freshman year...of high school...maybe before that. Second, I hate the fact that my love handles protrude almost as much as my shoulders..granted, I do have fairly narrow shoulders, but, that **** has to stop. I hate when I get a kiss from a girl and the first place her hands fall are on the rubber tire that is my love handles..those ****ers are soon to be 86'ed. Third, my dad got me into biking a few years ago..both mountain/road. I tried doing a century with him (100mile ride) and I pussied out @ 78 miles...while he finished..now, he did have a few centuries under his belt at the time, and a lot more training (I had trained for only ~6 weeks) but, the fact remains he finished, I did not. I think being a bit less of a fat ass would benefit long distance rides like that, along with doing the technical mountain climbs I love on the ski hills in NM. I also have recently starting bouldering, and while I am actually decent at it now, a better power/weight ratio would aid me in more challenging climbs.
My initial plan is to aim for 2lbs/week until 2/11 (16lbs from today) and then go to 1lb/week from there out, taking me to 4/28/08. This is a tentative plan, as I will be in school...and hopefully will have a PT job this semester as well...so if dates change, well..thats life..but I think by having a plan mapped out, it'll help me remain goal oriented.
One food item I can get rid of totally is tortillas, as that is some thing I eat on a daily basis and can easily be replaced by a whole wheat bread of sorts. I can also probably either limit, or eliminate my cheese intake, as I tend to like cheese on every thing. Those are the two main things that come to mind as being unnecessary calories, and maybe potatoes... I will try and keep those to breakfast or a pre-workout energy supply.
As for the workout, I believe I will try and keep to the 3 day/ week 5x5 type of work out, as I have been having decent gains in strength with that..and hopefully I will be able to retain my strength while losing the fat. I may need to switch to a 4 day/week work out as I've noticed I tend to hold weight (if not gaining) when I moved to the 3 day/ week work out, we'll see what happens...maybe I will do light cardio on days off.