My attempt at losing weight: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

When I first started attempting to lose weight and get in shape toward the beginning of January, my goal was to blog about it. I’ve been lazy in that respect until now, thus the reason this blog is titled parts 1 through 5.

Anyway, those who know me are aware of my love for indulging in massive amounts of greasy foods. Likewise, those who know me also know how much I enjoy sitting on my ass and watching movies, playing video games, or just downright doing nothing.

Well that was all fine and dandy when I was younger, but as I approach the age of 23, it’s safe to say I let it catch up with me. Luckily, in my case, my height helped spread it out a bit, but I still ballooned up to 272 lbs. as of the beginning of January.

I’ve floated around over 250 lbs. for quite some time and have made numerous attempts to lose weight. It never works, mainly because of my lack of any self-discipline or will power. I’m a walking cliche: Someone who starts a diet, sticks with it for a few weeks or even a few months, then falls off the wagon.

So in January I decided to try again. Starting at the beginning of the spring semester, Jan. 11, I starting buying a boatload of healthy food and made a commitment to working out at least twice a week and hopefully three times.

So far, so good.

My diet consists of an enormous amount of fruits and vegetables. I’ve been buying “Healthy Choice” meals at the store, fresh fruit, an off-brand version of Cheerios (cheaper), and that’s about it. When I eat at the dining halls, I usually get a grilled sandwich minus cheese, a salad with spinach and Italian dressing, some fruit and maybe some cottage cheese.

At the Rec I’ve been running and biking a lot and lifting every other time I go, attempting to boost my metabolism.

I set a seemingly achievable goal — to lose 40 lbs. by graduation, which is May 8.

With the exception of three days in January, that basically means I had to lose four lbs. each month. I lost my first 10 lbs. by the end of January (the easy part, I know, because of all the water weight), and as I sit here 13 days from my next maker (March 8), I’m at minus-16 lbs.

I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ve been here before. Last year during the same semester, I lost about 20 lbs. thanks to the help of my friend Angela Pham. Eventually, I fell off the wagon once again and put all the weight back on over the summer.

But this time I’m attempting to do more than “diet,” I’m attempting a lifestyle change that allows me to lose the weight and keep the weight off. It’s a cliche attempt, I know, and it’s easy to say “Just quit eating like a fat ass,” and that’s easy enough to say. But my self-discipline has been miserable for so long that it’s really a pretty big deal for me.

So that’s my story. I’ll update throughout the process on how I’m doing, and hopefully if enough people read this, it’ll keep me motivated to keep going. I was 272 lbs. on January 11. I’m 256 lbs. at the moment, and I need to get to 232 lbs. by May 8.

Wish me luck.

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3 responses to “My attempt at losing weight: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. jenstopka

    Good luck!

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