Almost 3 weeks into the new program and I have lost 15 pounds. It’s not as much as I wanted but I am happy those are gone. More importantly than the pounds is my stamina. I could barely walk at 1.8 for 20 minutes when I started and know I can walk at 2.5 with short spans at 4.0 for 50 minutes. Last night after a 35 minute workout with my trainer I got on the rowing machine for the first time and went 20 minutes. Such a big leap in ability in a short time is really amazing. I bought 100 sessions with a trainer when I first started and he has been fabulous. We started out slow and he has increased the intensity every workout.
My trainer wants me to lose 140 lbs in 10 months which I believe is an aggressive but very reachable goal. I had an appointment with my liver doctor yesterday and he told me 60 lbs in a year is what he would like to see. Apparently cirrhosis causes your body to lose lean body mass and makes it harder to build muscle. While that may be true I just don’t feel that 60 pounds is enough for me, I am going for the 140. I am ready to start living life again. I want to be healthy and strong enough to do all of the things that I want to do in life.
I smoked for 25 years and finally quit 5 years ago. I tried and tried many times to quit, mostly because of pressure from my wife and kids. While going through that process I realized a couple of things. Every smoker says they want to quit, but don’t. And that the people who do actually quit are the ones that have finally reached the point that they just need a change and will do anything to make it happen. The same can be said of people who are overweight. All of us say we want to lose weight but we just haven’t reached the point where it is more painful both physically and emotionally to be overweight than the effort to lose the weight.
I know I ramble quite a bit, but I’m not a writer I’m just a guy with a lot of weight to lose who wants to share my journey. If you’re in the same predicament please let me know. I would love to hear about your journey, successes and failures both.
God bless and good health.