Alright, fellow fatsos, fall is quickly approaching, and I'm throwing down the gauntlet. Maybe you didn't stick with your New Year's resolution. Maybe you didn't get in shape for the beach this summer. Here's another opportunity to drop some pounds and feel good about yourselves.
It's about 13 weeks until Thanksgiving (also my birthday), and I'm starting out at around 240 lbs at 5'8". My long-term goal is not a specific weight, but I'd like to get back down to a 33" waist and a size medium t-shirt, as those are where I reacquire the most pants and shirts, which will probably be at around 175 lbs on my frame, if I remember right. Short-term, I'd like to average a loss of 1.5 lbs per week. That would be almost 20 lbs by my birthday, and I think it's definitely doable. For next spring, I'd like to run in a 5k.
My biggest enemy by far is beer. When I look at my food intake, I'm not doing too bad except on the occasions where I binge, but that's down to once a month, maybe. However, I have been in the habit of having a beer when I get home from work, a beer while cooking diner, a beer while eating dinner, and maybe 1-3 more while watching the baseball game. This isn't the amount I drink every night, but 20-30 in a week isn't exactly uncommon. Of course, these aren't MGD64's I'm drinking, either. A lot of the time, they're craft beers at 200+ calories per bottle. Even a regular summer beer tends to be over 150/bottle. That is a lot of excess calories to be taking in every week, never mind the detriment the alcohol intake provides. I've been trying to get into the mindset that beer is not a thirst-quenching drink, but more of a food product, like a snack. If I reduce consumption to one per day, with maybe 3 on a weekend day, I've cut down considerably.
Some resources I've found to be helpful are a few of the communities on Reddit. Mainly:
Anyway, I know there are some users here who would like to lose some weight, be it 5 pounds or 50. If there's any interest, we can update the thread weekly or bi-weekly. If not, we can just let it die and go back to the usual SSM and abortion debates.
Edited, Aug 19th 2012 9:20am by Spoonless