‘You’re in crisis!’ – that’s what my doctor told me… No excuses anymore I have to make changes to my diet, lifestyle, and priorities.

Maybe not to the same extent but I could relate to Jeff Garlin’s book: My Footprint – in his struggles with weight. It seems like I’ve always been combating weight too.  Growing up, I was a scrawny kid and couldn’t put weight on no matter what I tried. I remember believing the milk ads and chugging a carton of chocolate milk, a bag of Doritos, and a Boston Cream steady almost daily (yeah, ok, i shouldn’t have added the doritos..)!  And then I hit Grade 10, and in like a month, grew almost a foot and i went from being a stick to 175lbs which slowly crept up to 185 by the time I went to University.

I used to sporadically try different diet and workout plans to gain muscle and strip away fat, played football and made the basketball team, but I always had that layer of fat which I couldn’t get rid of no matter what I did.  It was never a real problem though – it wasn’t like I always gorged or anything (maybe the late nights at Golden Griddle weren’t necessary).  I actually didn’t even gain the ‘frosh 20’ of weight when I started university – in fact I dropped to 150lbs in 2nd year with some unknown flu and never went over that 185lbs mark up until two years ago.

But now it has gotten out of hand.  Since moving to the Bay Area, I’ve put on 20lbs and worse, my body fat has gone to 28%! I’m literally 222 lbs! My doctor warned me about my pH levels, that my insulin is not regulating correctly, and that I’m on the road to getting Type 2 diabetes…
And on a more worrysome note, half my clothes don’t fit – I think a button on my shirt popped yesterday when I was eating dinner. I actually contemplated buying a pair of jeans that were size 38” waist yesterday…

Last year, my theme was ‘health’ which I got under control. This year the theme was ‘bring back the fun’ but I think the theme, combined with me using dislocating my shoulder as an excuse to not workout as much or take up too many sports since coming here, has killed my physical health component of last year.  It doesn’t help that you’re bombarded with fast food out in the US… seriously – how is Carl’s Jr even allowed to operate???

So I’m taking to the blogsphere… and twittosphere, and facebooksphere to hopefully embarrass myself into getting back into shape (and no, I am not counting round or pear as shapes).  I’m asking everyone else out there to help me out too – feel free to advise, encourage, or mock me.  I’ll be posting updates, and tweeting my food intake and energy output.  My goal is to be below 200lbs and 20% body fat by the end of the year. That’s a bit less than 2lbs a week, which should be realistic – although a bunch of turkey days are coming up which is going to be challenging…

I’m not putting up a before or after picture (i’ll have them…),  those will remain private 🙂

Ok – it begins now.  The first challenge – the ‘Manning bowl’ football game – no crap food allowed…