Today I weigh 204 lbs. Two Hundred Four Pounds. Coincidentally, that is how much I spent on Christmas presents and a few groceries today at Walmart. This time next year, I want one of those number to be 100 units less and the other 100 units more. Guess which is which.
My other bodily measurements are as follows: arms 14 inches, bust 46 inches, waist 37 inches, “gut” 44 1/4 inches, hips 48 1/2 inches, thighs 30 1/3 inches, height 60 inches. … for a total of 204 lbs. You don’t know this but my husband is about 67 inches and 207 lbs. Seven inches taller 3 lbs heavier. In all other measurements, I am bigger. Boo!
I have diagnosed myself with body dimorphism. In the mirror, I look heavy but not really that over weight. Pictures are a different matter. In pictures, I can see how over weight I am.
Now, before you start saying the camera adds five pounds, this is not “five pounds.” I am talking about 50 or 70 pounds. I still see my self as mostly the 130 lb high school student. A little soft in places but not too bad. Pictures tell me the real story. They tell me that I have gained 70 lbs in the last six years.
Last January I married my sweetie pie — and gained 10 or 20 lbs since that time. By our 2nd year anniversary, I want to be about 100 lbs lighter. Based on my height and how I perceive my body structure under my fat layers, 104 lbs shouldn’t be unhealthy. Of course, I will re-evaluate as I approach my goal. After all, weight loss will be but one metric for measuring my success and efforts.
I will also me measuring my stamina and what not. My ultimate goal is to be health and capable. Shits given concerning my weight are almost zero. Almost. Today, we walked 1.24 mi in 28 minutes. Averaging something like 2.6 mph. Based off of this, it would take me around 2 hours to complete 5 miles. And that is my goal. Daily.
Yup. You read that right. FIVE miles EVER. SINGLE. DAY. It will take me about 2 hours at first to complete my daily goal, but that is part of my actual body transformation goal. Not to lose 100 lbs, but to be able to run five miles in the morning before work in a timely manner.
A quick Google search tells me that the average human can run about 8 mph. So, eventually, I should be able to do a quick 5 mile run in about 30 minutes. Get back home, shower, do the breakfast thing, and head to work. Easy peasy. Eventually.
Another reason I want to work out. Heart health. People can make me so angry my blood boils. Or, it feels that way. It is kind of sickening. It might actually just be my blood pressure rising. The sickening feeling might be my blood pressure rising too quickly. I don’t know, I am not a doctor, and I am doing a no-no by not consulting my doctor about my exercise routine.
My routine is going to be pretty light, so if I am not healthy enough for that I am in BIG trouble. Mostly, I am getting up off the couch for a little while during the day. See if that helps with the gut. Walking. Occasionally running. Twice a week going to the World’s Fair Pavilion at Forest Park to do my five miles going up and down those awful steps. Three times a week or so I will do arm movements with 3 to 5 lbs weights. Not sure that I would call that weight lifting as it is not much. Again, if I am not healthy enough to lift 5 lbs, I am in trouble.
Over the next several weeks, at least, exercise research will be part of my daily routine as well. My life style is obviously not physical, so it is best that I read about the different things I can do … and the proper technique to do them. This is to semi-replace hiring a personal coach. Semi because eventually, I would like a personal coach, but that will probably come about after I loss 20 lbs and hit a wall thus needing to figure out how to amp it up a level.
Also, it will be nice to have some else to hold me accountable. Until then I will rely on you and my Facebook followers to yell at me about doing things.