Without going into my life story, here's what I *think* I know about myself.
1. Carbs for me = gaining weight
2. I tend to bulk easily
3. I tend to hold on to my fat, apparently my body likes it a lot
That being said, when I was my fattest (maybe 3 years ago), I weighed 278lbs. No one knows that except me, my best friend, and my mom (and all of us are overweight but losing). I now weigh about 232. I periodically do a diet that is considered "yeast free". It works well for me. I started up again in January. My starting weight was 255. I lost 18 pounds pretty fast. Now, everything is crawling along. I always get to this point, and the weight loss stops. I started using a calorie counter and found that I wasn't eating enough! Even when I was straying off my diet, my deficit was too low. So, now I'm trying to correct that. So that's kind of where I was when a friend told me about this site.
Anyway, so I have 2 goals. One that is very short-term, and one for an ultimate goal of how I want my body to look. For now, I'm concerned with the short-term goal. I'm trying to get smaller. I am going on vacation in about 4.5 weeks and I just want my shorts to be loose instead of tight. Right now they are uncomfortable enough that I won't take them unless I can get my body to be smaller. I think it's a realistic goal, but I've been working out for a couple of weeks and I think I just need some reassurance that I'm not doing something terribly wrong, so here's what I'm doing:
I'm using Jay Robbs Whey Protein Powder. I usually drink it for breakfast with a small handful of blueberries and a combo of unsweetened coconut milk and almond milk. I will have it twice on workout days.
I'm still eating "yeast free". This means different things to different people, but for me it means, no sugar, bread, pasta, or dairy. So basically I eat meat, fish, veggies, and nuts. I try not to do too much fruit but since I've started working out, I've added them to my diet (about 2 servings a day)
Right now, I'm doing 3 days of weight training. I'm doing this at home with dumbbells. I'm aiming for 8-12 reps to start. Next week I'm going to decrease that and start increasing weight. I'm trying to work in cardio at least 2 days a week. I'm using some of the workouts on bodyrock.tv which is Interval Training as my primary cardio. It's attractive to me cuz it's 12 minute workouts, and I really feel every muscle in my body afterwards.
I'm also taking supplements. I can't list them all. They are all through my doctor and when I called and told them what I was doing, they had me add L-Carnitine, Omegas, etc, so I think I'm okay there.
Is that enough or should I be doing something different? Is anything super important missing? I'm kinda doing this all on my own with the aid of this site, so I'm a little nervous I might miss something important and realize it too late.
I've been reading a lot and it's a lot to absorb. Once I get back from vacation, I plan to develop a more long term plan and will probably have a ton more questions about that too!
Thread: New here, tons of questions