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On being less of me to love…

January 24, 2011

So, those whom have had the (mis)fortune to meet me in person (all two of you who read this) will have no doubt noticed that I am not the smallest of individuals.  For the vast majority of people who have not met me, newsflash:  I am not the smallest of individuals.  I am, in fact, one of the larger people I know.

I could wax poetic and say it’s not my fault, it’s genetics, it’s whatever-the-in-vogue-excuse-is-this-week, but bottom line is that I likes me some grub.  Portion control is, always has been, and most likely will always be my bane.  I was a powerlifter early in life, and never really lost that appetite, even after I stopped competitively lifting.  Add to that my dad is an executive chef, and SWMBO is a cookbook author in the making, well, I am certainly not denied any opportunity to indulge.

I must point out at this time that there was a point in my life, about 8 years ago as of this writing, where I was running 2+ miles a day, 5 days a week (we have treadmills and ellipticals at work) and consuming about 1600 calories a day.  And I weighed about 350 pounds.  This is what the body of a fat man looks like in starvation mode.  I plateaued there and have subsequently slid backwards, albeit slowly, ever since.  Needless to say, I’m not happy where I am.  This must change.

I’m not going to turn this into a fitness or diet blog or anything like that.  I am going to use this as a medium to start charting my progress.

SWMBO and I do not own a scale.  I’m OK with this on principle, but logistically, it poses a few challenges, and one opportunity.  I have access to a scale at the gym in the office.  Using only one scale, at least I don’t have to worry about calibration.  As of 10 minutes ago, I was out of range for that scale.  In total honesty, that means I’m probably in excess of 440 pounds.  My immediate goal is to get into range here.  I hope to do so in two weeks.

To that, I’ve acquired a copy of The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.  At almost 600 pages, it’s quite a read.  I’m not finished, but a lot of what I’m reading makes sense.  As someone who’s been trapped in the starvation mode plateau before, the one-day-off-six-days-on seems promising.  The slow-carb approach jives with what I know about the glycemic index, and the whole concept of MED (read the book) makes sense.  I jogged a quarter mile (180 seconds-ish) while I was in the gym failing to weigh myself.  That was my second trip in today, and I’ll make one more before I leave work today.

I don’t know where this is going.  I’m not setting a hard end-state goal – I carry a lot of muscle and skeleton around; I’ll probably never see the underside of 200 pounds, and I like being able deadlift more than half my body weight.  Still, I view any progress in this arena as good.

 Look for an update in two weeks, we’ll see how I did.

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