Well, everyone, that moment is almost here.
The moment where I can officially say that I have lost 100 pounds! I really never thought that I would see this day. I had imagined losing that much weight before, but never actually thought I could do it.
So, today I decided to look back over the past year and five months to see what I have done in that time. I decided to split this up into at least two parts, for easier reading.
Here’s Part 1:
On March 9, 2011 I weighed in at a staggering 334.5 lbs. I had never been that heavy before. My body fat % was 44.7%. Almost half of my body was FAT!!!
I had just started a new job, and they had a free gym, so I decided to go and check it out. I liked it, and got a fitness consultation to see how bad it was.
It was pretty bad. My blood pressure was high, my pulse elevated, my flexibility was horrible. Generally, I was in REALLY bad shape.
The trainer recommended that I just start out on the treadmill with walking and some resistance training and stretching.
I started exercising, slowly at first, just doing mostly walking on the treadmill and a few machine resistance exercises here and there. I started making progress, and by November of 2011 I had lost 30 pounds, and my body fat % was now 34.7% that is pretty darn good progress.
At that point, I went “rogue” and decided that I was getting tired of cardio, and that I wanted to REALLY start lifting weights. I had never really touched a barbell before, so I knew I had to start somewhere. I began to read that lifting with free weights was so much better for you than doing it on machines. It involves so many more stabilizer muscles, etc.
I discovered a website called “StrongLifts”, and I read the “free report” PDF that was sent to me. It was simple, to the point and just made sense. It basically told to learn the form of the “Big Three” (Squat, Deadlift and Bench) to start with just the 45 lb. Olympic bar. Who cares if people look at you funny? Then progressively add 5 lbs. every time you do that exercise. Oh, and do squats three times a week.
So, I did just that. I started to squat three times a week. In no time, I was adding weight to the bar. Sure, it was hard and first (oh, the soreness!!!). After a bit, I got used to it, and it began to get a bit easier.
I picked up Mark Rippetoe’s book “Starting Strength” and read up on form.
I realized that I LOVE to lift weights! I absolutely despise cardio, but I love lifting. I started reading material that talked about losing weight exclusively through weight training. So, that is what I have done so far. I have been losing weight by going against popular opinion. Since I picked up the bar back in November of 2011, I have not looked back!
Since that day, I have lost 67 pounds of my total lost almost exclusively through weight training.
My point is this: Find an exercise that you LOVE and do it! If something looks interesting to you, try it! You HAVE to find something that you enjoy and that will motivate you to go to the next level! If you don’t so that, you will most likely never lose weight!
I started with the bar on all of my lifting exercises, and I am still considered a novice (less than one year lifting), but I am already getting stronger 🙂
As of this writing, my 1RM for each exercise is below:
Squat: This one is kinda up in the air at the moment. My last cycle of lifting it was about 275.
Overhead press: 136
In the next part of this series, I will discuss how diet plays an even bigger part in your success than your exercise! I will also discuss a method of eating that basically doubled my amount of weight loss in the same time. It involves caloric restriction, but other things as well.
Until next time, find something to get you moving and DO it!