I am coming back from a 3 month working mania... I was overseas for a month and a half and working 60+ hours a week during that. Needless to say, I'm quitting my job soon as I find something good however, right now I need to lose the weight I put on during my crazy working period. It was a huge project and I just didn't have time or energy to do anything I know I'm making excuses... but well... either way
Here's the thing. I'm 6 feet tall, and tipping 200lbs. If I were in good shape then this wouldn't bother me, but the weight is a bit high for my liking and I need to lose it. Cardio is obviously the way, but I do have a few Qs before going all nuts on this. Weight loss and fitness is my goal -- if I gain muscle mass great, but I'd rather be cut up like Bruce Lee than look like the Hulk
My problem is pretty simple... I cannot do impact cardio. Swimming is a maybe, but right now I'm stuck on the elliptical and from last night, I know I can get a good sweat going on it and last thru the 'weight loss' program which runs 30 minutes of ups and downs.
Question is... should I do straight cardio or should I do weights too? Like I said, I'm not looking to get big so I'm not sure how I should structure a weight training regiment... I've never really been in great shape (I was always skinny and NOW look!) so I'm unsure on how to see if I'm starting out with the right weight, what exercises to do, and how often to change them up.
Additionally.. I think I may do more serious weight training AFTER I've lost the weight, but is this a good idea? I mean, I feel more comfortable when my clothes are loose rather than now, where they are tight and never were before. So that's why I was going to lose the weight and then do strength training -- unless this is counterproductive and that I'd lose time.
I appreciate any info you can give me. Right now I'm cutting down on my caloric intake daily by eating more healthy foods, lots of fruit, lots of water, and cutting down on carbonated beverages. I am also going to get some snacks to keep with me while I'm at work instead of getting a Snickers or something as I've done in the past (any suggestions here for something that doesn't taste like crap?)
I appreciate any help you all can give again, and look forward to hearing some helpful responses so I can get down to like 180lbs where I would feel pretty happy, or even the same weight with some definition.
Thanks a lot!