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Begin of my Weight Loss Journey

I am preparing for my summer outings now. I figured since I help run Weight Loss HQ that I should at least keep a diary about it, right? So over at least the next five months I would post once a week or more about my trials and tribulations on trying to lose weight. But first, lets discuss where I am at now and a bit of information on my current weight, conditioning, eating habits, plans for losing weight and of course what my weight loss goals are.

A Bit About Me

So I really don’t like to talk about myself much because I find it a bit embarrassing but what good is a diary on weight loss if I don’t at least tell you about me. So here it goes.

Age: 40 years old
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Physical Activity: Sedentary
Height: 6’3″
Race: White
Current Weight: 235 pounds

I will do a formal weigh in on March 1st, see below for more info on my weight loss plan.
Eating Habits: Mix of healthy food and junk food. I tend to eat a banana for breakfast with grapefruit juice. For lunch it can be any mix of foods that aren’t quite as healthy such as burritos, chicken and fries, cheeseburger, etc.

The normal suspects of why I am overweight. For dinner it tends to be even worse as our family will eat pizza or other junk food. Sometimes it’s healthy and low calorie and/or low fat but more often it is not.

Plan For Losing Weight I have a general plan of how I want to lose this weight but I am not one
hundred percent sold on it. Therefore, I will lay out my plan here and let everyone read this and give me their ideas. Please remember to look at my current unfit self and not recommend something too much over the top for my age and current physical condition.

I will divide this up into two topics, the food I plan to eat on my weight loss plan and the exercises I know I will do to begin with. Both of these will evolve as I move on into my journey but its good to have some sort of plan on how I want to lose weight right?

I will divide this up
into two topics, the food I plan to eat on my weight loss plan and the exercises I know I will do to begin with. Both of these will evolve as I move on into my journey but its good to have some sort of plan on how I want to lose weight right?

Start Date: March 1st, 2018 – I know many will say there is no better time to start then now. Why put things off? Well I just want to spend some time over the next 30 days examining the plan and it gives me more things to blog about!

End Date: July 1st, 2018 – Tecnically there is no end date, but for my “goals” listed here I am giving myself four months. This is an aggressive schedule I think.

Weight Loss Food Plan: I am leaning towards doing Nutri-System. To be bluntly honest this is the one area I am really not sure what to do and would love input from you readers! I have done the Atkins Diet dating as far back as 1999 and stuck to it for two years straight losing 40
pounds (was 235 then and went to 195).

That is the first time since I was 19 I was under 200 pounds. Anyway, I don’t want to do Atkins again and NutriSystem appeals to me but I am definitely not sold on it. I would only do this for four months and then just try to eat healthier
then you see from my bio how I currently eat.

Exercise Weight Loss Plan: I plan on using my stationary bike with situps, pushups, dumb bells as my initial break in work out. This would involve 30 minutes three times a week. After 2 weeks I plan on adding tennis classes to the mix and within 2-3 weeks after that add tennis matches. The classes are one hour and the matches are usually 2-3 hours, both being once a week.

I don’t like to run it hurts my knees and ankles so I will stick to tennis. In addition I will practice tennis and do pickup games for another two or so hours a week. So by the end I should be doing 5 hours a week of tennis and 1.5 hours of my home work outs giving me a total of 6 to 7 hours of exercise a week. I think averaging one hour a day of exercise is plenty for my goals. You may be asking, “What ARE your goals?” Thats next.. Weight Loss Goals

My goals are really simple. I would like to lose 35 pounds to get down to or near 200 pounds. That is a good weight for me as I have fairly wide shoulders and think my body fat percentage will be pretty good at that weight. Will I be some super fit 4% body fat specimen with killer
six pack abs? No I definitely won’t but I think my goals are realistic.

What I will Blog About

Now what will I blog about with respect to my personal weight loss journey? My goal is to list all the foods I eat, the amount of exercise I get and even my mental state. Am I stressed out? Am I getting enough sleep? What my exercise routine was like and every other aspect as it relates to my weight loss journey. I will keep a pda or something with me and catalog everything I eat. Let us see how well I stick to my original weight loss plan!

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