BPeace's March-May 2015 BGG Weight Loss Challenge Journal
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