That was me at 224lbs.
Yes, I was BIG everywhere! I knew that I could get in shape if I wanted too. I had a fitness background, so I knew what I had to do to get where I wanted to be...it meant good ole fashion counting calories (calories in, calories out), upping my protein, and watching my sugar and sodium intake. Now for some of you this may not work, but for me it does. I kept my calories around a 1300 daily eating 6 times a day at at least 200 calories a piece, I ate protein after workouts and at night for muscle recovery and clean complex carbs all day. YES, I said carbs. My carbs are usually at least 100 day, NO low/no carb diets ever work for sustainable weightloss and muscle building, (if it does for you, great, keep doing it. And when you pass out after a hard workout, you'll wish you would have listened). Moral of the story is, no matter what you do exercise wise, it is 80% HOW and WHAT you eat...have you ever heard of skinny fat? They either didn't eat and lost weight, or they ate the wrong foods and exercised heavily...As far as eating my calories back, I know it is a huge debate, but this is my outlook on it...listen to your body, if needs fuel, and you'll know, than feed it the extra calories, if it doesn't, don't. There have been days that I have needed more carbs after a workout or at night before bed and I eat them but everyone is different. You can agree with me or not agree with me, that's fine, but it doesn't work for me. Purposely eating more food even if it is good food to reach a number is not good if my body doesn't need it. ENOUGH on that touchy subject
Training, well I try and do at least 45 minutes of heavy cardio 5 days a week. Normally I take the weekends off from the gym, but still may do a race. Or I try to do something outdoors with my kids, they love fitness. As far as lifting weights, I lift heavy in the gym. No I don't look like a man, so for all of you scared of that, get over it and go tear your muscle up with some heaviness right now! weight training also speeds your metabolism up and helps you burn calories up to 39 hours after you are done, now why would you not do it?
I decided to do a 100 day challenge and these are the results.
My first 100 days...
I took pictures pretty much every 10 days to keep track of my progress. It was really cool watching my body change. Pictures say a 1000 words.
After 100 days this is what the comparison was.
3 years later I am still at that 180lb number. I am declaring tomorrow a new start day. Stay tuned for day 1 picture. I would love to lose about 30 more lbs. It would put me at about 155lbs and that would put me back in competition weight. So I hope you guys will stick with me and encourage me as I take this journey. Maybe to the stage?
Did you lose a lot of weight?
How did you do it?
Any advice on the road to the stage?