BPeace's March-May 2015 BGG Weight Loss Challenge Journal
- Brian Peace(bpeace)United States
Georgia"I'm not screwed. I'm beyond screwed. Screwed is sitting across the room, waving at me, and saying, 'Hi! Glad I'm not you!'"
BGG Weight Loss Challenge.
Thanks for setting this thing up go out toRyan JamesUnited States
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"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.
Starting Weight: 302 lbs.
Current BMI: 41.0
Pants Size: 48Challenge 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.
- [+] Dice rolls