I plan on updating this every day, though I may miss a few every now and then. Pictures and measurements will be updated every week, along with graphs.
This Instructable is by no means a substitute for a real physical trainer; it's just my method of getting in shape.
If anyone has any tips, tricks, or suggestions for me, I'd love to hear them!
Thanks for reading. ;-)
Step 1: Myself, before the regimen.
After some not-so-careful consideration and analyzation, I determined that I wanted to lose 48 pounds by August 30, 2009. Since I will also be weight training later on, an alternative goal is to have a 33 inch waist.
Realistic or not, that's my big goal, and I won't know for a while if it's possible, nor do I want to.
Of course I have smaller goals to help me stay motivated throughout this time period. My first small goal is to lose 5 pounds by October 13, 2008. That's 2.53% of my body weight and approximately 9.75% of my body fat!
Using this calculator I determine that I had a percentage of 25.93 of body fat on my body. That's a lot, considering a lean person has 15-18%.
Of course, percentages are figures. I had approximately 51.3 pounds of fat, pure fat, on my body. Get rid of that, and I would weigh just 146.7 pounds. That's not going to happen - the body needs a certain amount of fat. I finally decided that I would lose 48 pounds and 7 inches of my waist.
That's what I hoped.
I had dieted back in 5th grade, but I didn't stick with that, and so I'm fat. Yup, fat.
Overweight to be precise. My BMI was 26.1. The minimum for overweight is 25. My goal was to have a BMI of 20, which puts me closer to the bottom of the "normal weight" category, and at my goal weight of approximately 150.
You can determine your own goals and such. Decide what you want (healthier, aesthetics, six-pack) before you start so you can adjust accordingly. I decided I wanted to be healthier, like being fit for soccer, and to look damn good with my shirt off, like at the beach. Washboard abs, perhaps not, but not a muffin top.