BPeace's March-May 2015 BGG Weight Loss Challenge Journal
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Beginning March 30th, 2015, I will be competing in the BGG Weight Loss Challenge.

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Ryan James
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I have been an in-car driving instructor with occasional in-class instructional time for the last 2.5 years. It is, as you might imagine, a mostly sedentary job. While I have a bit of cardio per day when a student causes my heart to race, it is not steady enough to be considered a health benefit. Also, I have to eat on the road with little time to consume most meals. That means a lot of fast food since I don't have a fridge or a microwave in the car and ice packs only last so long. Since I also can't run due to a severe case of patella alta (crappy knees), my exercise options are slightly limited.

On Monday, April 6, I start a new job as a public school teacher. I tend to move around a lot while I teach, I will have access to better food, and a steady schedule so that I can plan meals, exercise, and my daily medications for hypothyroidism and high cholesterol with much greater efficiency.

It's time to get my life back under control.

Height: 6' 0"
Starting Weight: 302 lbs.
Current BMI: 41.0
Pants Size: 48
I don't trust BMI, thus the pants size measurements. My doctor has cautioned me about reading too much into it since I have thick bones and a generally wide frame. My weight would have to be 170-180 lbs for me to be considered "Average" on the BMI scale. The last time I was that weight was in high school when I was diagnosed borderline anorexic. You could see my ribs and I was extremely malnourished. It frightened me so much that I swung in the opposite direction and ballooned up after high school. Now, I am 43 years old and probably 75-100 lbs. heavier than I should be.

Challenge Weeks
03/30/ - 05/25

For the challenge weight loss of 6% minimum, I will need to lose roughly 2.4 lbs a week, for a total of 19.2 lbs.

03/30 - 302.0
04/06 - 299.6
04/13 - 297.2
04/20 - 294.8
04/27 - 292.4
05/04 - 290.0
05/11 - 287.6
05/18 - 285.2
05/25 - 282.8

Before I started as a driving instructor, I was a pesco pollo vegetarian (i.e.: I avoided red meat but ate fish and some poultry) and also tried to avoid milk products. I was raised as a traditional southern meat and potatoes omnivore, but found that pesco pollo vegetarianism made me feel so much better that I stuck with it until the limited options on the road broke my habits. I am going back to that, increasing my exercise again and attempting yoga, which might be a challenge with my frame and knees. I am also going to continue to avoid sodas, a habit I am glad I did not pick back up, and other processed, sugary drinks.


Post-Challenge

This was a whole lifestyle before I started sitting in a car all day for a living, so I plan to keep myself on this road going forward.


Lifestyle

- Extremely limited (1x/week) sugary, processed drinks (i.e.: soda, sweet tea, sugar in coffee, etc.)
- Absolutely no fast food
- No junk food (i.e.: candy, chips, pie, etc.)
- 10 bottles of water a day.
- Eat/drink more fruits and vegetables
- Take a walk around campus and/or neighborhood until fit enough to ride my bike.
- Maximum computer time limited to one hour before leaving to stretch and walk.
- Begin a daily yoga regimen.
- Additional workouts as needed.
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First weigh-in has me at 302 lbs. I need to get a new scale this week since my old one only displayed my weight about half the time. The other half it just randomly turns itself off. Fortunately, I had to go in for a TB test today for the new job I am starting on Monday and they weighed me.

As I mentioned before, I have spent the last 2.25 years sitting in the passenger seat of a car as a driving instructor. Spending most of my hours in a sedentary job like that is not conducive to good exercise or eating habits. The rest of this week is going to be spent wrapping up my last few students and the remainder of my paperwork. Thus, this challenge may be off to a rocky start.

For an extremely early lunch, I had a six ounce handmade burger from The Red Eyed Mule with an order of fries and a Boylan root beer which MyFitnessPal calculated at a total of approximately 858 calories.

My between-meal snacks over the course of the day consisted of a Cantina Chicken Burrito from Taco Bell (the only thing I regretted afterward), 3 Pure Bliss Organic PB&J Bites, a Naked Green Machine smoothie, and an Odwalla Blueberry Protein shake for a total of 1220 calories, mostly from that stupid burrito.

I had dinner with my wife at Well Played board game night, which is hosted on Mondays at Jason's Deli. I had a California Club half sandwich, a fruit cup, and two glasses of sweet tea.

I went over by 228 calories, 53% of which came from carbs. This saddens me somewhat, but I usually baby step into lifestyle changes so that I don't burn out. I should be able to gradually alter my diet over the next few days so that I arrive back at a more reasonably healthy regimen by the time I start my new job next week.

I found my copy of Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies and plan to give it a try on Wednesday since I am busy all day tomorrow. I will check in next Monday unless I have something significant to report before then.

Have a wonderful day! meeple
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I did pretty well at first, but my guess is that it was mostly water weight I lost, because I largely (Get it? Largely? devil) stagnated in the last couple weeks. I actually reached my goal, but then a few celebrations as well as the annual Marietta Greek Festival inflicted a great deal of damage to my plan.

The new job has been crazy and I just now figured out how to log into BGG while on their network, so my updates here have been sporadic on the weigh-ins and nil here. *sigh*

We have finally received medical approval from our doctors to utilize the gym at my wife's work, so things should be looking up going forward. meeple
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