It is not hyperbole when I write that I am in the worst shape of my life. Last Saturday, August 15th, I was shocked to discover that my body weight had ballooned to almost 255 pounds! (244.85 to be exact) That’s 26% body fat! I don’t know to what extent my extra body fat is contributing to my pain, but the soles of my feet HURT! It’s painful to walk! I don’t have a single pair of comfortable shoes – and my shoes are less than a year old with very little use. A friend of mine, Zach Weis, who is a swimmer on the University of Minnesota Swim Team, teaches a boxing class at Los Campeones gym in Minneapolis. He has a gift for making his clients feel good about themselves. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gone there to workout. But the warm-up of jumping rope KILLS my feet. Not only that, but I can only do about 10 to 15 revolutions of jumping rope before I need to take a break. I can’t do a three minute round. I can’t do three minute rounds of bag or mitt work either. Then there’s the simple of movement of bending over. I won’t write anything further on that. Being this over-fat (obese) has made doing simple things harder.
Last July 4th, I was at JC Penney in Burnsville Center. As I was walking through the store, some little kid said, “Look at that fat guy!” (pointing to me). That day, I discovered that I have stretch marks around my lower gut (I don’t have abs)!
My greatest enemy to my success is my binge-eating/overeating. Last Spring, I talked with Joe Biancardi, one of the on campus counselors at Northwestern College. He told me that my binge-eating/overeating has more to do with relationships. During the last five weeks of the semester, I focused on my workout relationship/friendship with Mike Swanson, a state champion wrestler from Nebraska and Northwestern College Football Player. Two-to-three times a week, we’d put in a wrestling workout.
On my off days, Noah Hadro, a football player on the Northwestern College Football Team, let me tag along with him when he lifted weights. Again, I was able to lay the foundation for a workout relationship/friendship with him. As I did so, the binge-eating/overeating tapered off significantly. I was losing weight almost effortlessly. I was also doing activities I enjoyed. When Mike returned home to Nebraska and Noah went on a short-term missions trip, I lost my two new friends. From continued stress from school, unemployment and finances, not only did I quickly regain my lost weight, but I quickly added new weight.
I have tried, without success, to find someone else to replace Mike and Noah in my life. I could find someone, but at the cost of $85.00 per training session. And it wouldn’t be a true friendship like I started to develop with Mike and Noah. This person would be my paid friend/workout partner/trainer. It wouldn’t be quite the same.
Nutritionally, I’m genuinely confused. I have one model I followed for over three years. It was given to me by Shawn Myska, a NSCA-CPT, CSCS trainer and NSCA Minnesota Trainer of the Year. Now, I’m incredibly bored with it. This past March, my friend, Chad Scheitel, who is a physical therapy rehab specialist/trainer with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and CSCS certified, sent me an outline of a diet that I’ve tried to follow. Not enough menu variety, however, and I’m easily bored. I’m confused by the information Shawn and Chad sent me. Which model do I follow? The Mediterranean Diet? The Atkins Diet? Do I trust my government and the dietary guidlines they put out? Absolutely not! They’re controlled by special interest lobby groups. I NEED a diet I can live with, not a short term fix. Dennis has given me some sound foundational help with my nutrition and it’s helping.
Saturday’s coming up. I hope I’m down to 243.85 pounds. Only 523 more days to go until I reach my goal weight and body fat levels.
I purchased a one year membership to Live Strong/The Daily Plate – a website that allows you to track your daily calories. It’s an online food diary website with LOTS of extras. According to this website, if I successfully lose one pound a week, I can expect to achieve my target weight by January 26th, 2011 (524 days).