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Getting Fit



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That was my BMI at the beginning of July, 2009. I do not know the exact date, but that is irrelevant to this blog. What is relevant is that my BMI at that time indicated that I was overweight and approaching becoming obese (>29.9). I didn't consider myself obese or even close to it. I knew that I was overweight, but I really didn't think too much of it. Keep in mind that I had not weighed myself for about 6 months, and dreaded stepping on the scale. I kept seeing myself in the mirror on a daily basis and did not want to admit that I may have a slight problem. Last July, something clicked and I decided that right then and there that I needed to do something. One of the first things that I did was probably one of the best things I did in a long time: I bought a new scale. I stepped on the scale and it read:


This was on a 5'10", 30 year old male frame. I knew that I had fat on me, but I also had some muscle as well, so the BMI was a little off. Nevertheless, it was higher than I wanted it to be and I was shocked that I would let my weight creep up that high. It was time to do something about it.

Fast forward to February 2010, my BMI is now 27.7. Currently, at my last weighing, I am 193lbs. I am getting to my goal of a lean 170lbs, but it's been a slow process involving a lot of trial, error, frustration, and small victories. To give you a brief overview, a lot of what I've done has included weightlifting, cardio (including training for a half marathon, which I'm currently doing! (More on that in a later blog)), changing my diet, falling off the wagon, getting back on the wagon, etc.

Using this blog, I want to keep myself motivated, and hopefully motivate some of you out there to get in shape as well. I will post my updates and my story on trying to shed the weight and actually get healthier. Please join me in this journey. If you have any comments, questions, or want to post your stories, write in the comments below. I'd like to hear them.


stiemann 8 years, 1 month ago

Best of luck, b_asinbeer! Hopefully you can get to your goal.

As an obese male in my early 20's (actually, mid now that I'm 24) I feel your pain. It's especially hard to stay on the wagon... bleck. I need to find my motivation!

b_asinbeer 8 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Shawn! I wish you much luck and motivation as well! I'm going to try to post all the information I can on what I'm doing and what's working best for me, and perhaps that can kick-start something for you as well!

Some examples include:

Half-marathon training schedule, lifting schedule, eating/diet, etc.

BMI 8 years, 1 month ago

"so the BMI was a little off. "

I resent that remark. I don't deny it, but I resent it none the less. ;)

BMI 8 years, 1 month ago

Keep at it. With a dr structured diet, I lost 4.4 BMI pts in less than 3 weeks over the holidays with no additional exercise and have kept them off. Starting back at it again now. Good thing I like spicy food, because I eat things so hot both from spice and thermal, I really know when I'm eating. It helps. Kicks the metabolism too.

headdoctor 8 years, 1 month ago

Glad you are trying to get into shape. It doesn't look to me like the whole BMI thing would work for everyone. If I tried to go by the high end of normal and actually get to that point I would resemble someone suffering from anorexia nervosa.

AnnaUndercover 8 years, 1 month ago

Ra ra ra! You can do it!

It is such hard work. Keep us updated.

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