I am starting the summer weighing 254 pounds.
I am 32 years old and 5'9".
When I was 25, I weighed 190. When I was 20, I weighed 310. So, it's been quite a roller coaster for the last decade or so. I pretty much had a 2-3 year chunk of time when I was 23-25 when I was losing 40 pounds a year and ended up looking and feeling really good in my mid-20s. Then I had some unrelated health problems (double detached retinas!), and life got really busy and stressful, and I've slowly -- even with regular, if sometimes halfhearted, exercise -- gained the weight back. I've gained about 20 over the last two years, and this last year, full of stress and lots of work, was a bad one. I don't know how much weight I gained for sure, but I know I just stopped going to the gym for a bit in the spring, and stopped tucking in my shirts and occasionally buying XXL before that.
I have muscles, so I know that BMI does not work that well for me; however, it is currently at 37.5, which puts me squarely in the "Obese" category and I would like to get it around 30 (which would put me in the "overweight" category).
I am gravely aware of what it means to be this overweight. Last year, I suffered from racing heart issues, perhaps from a combination of over-caffeination and Sleep Deprivation, but the weight doesn't help, nor does the stress that mounts when I'm not getting the endorphins from exercise. See, for me, it's not really about weight, but about feeling healthy. I know when I feel healthy and I know when I feel like a giant slug, and that has been most of this year.
I usually feel pretty good in August, after a couple months of regular and intense exercise (including biking everywhere). Last August, I even dated. This year, it seems to have happened again, where I barely feel healthy enough to run a mile and thus don't feel very great about myself. I need the summer to reboot and get back to where I need to be. Hopefully by August I'll have shed twenty or so pounds and, then, I can be more regular about my exercise when I start school back up (and, this year, I'm not teaching any new preps, or doing National Board) and get my life back. This year just felt out of control, health-wise. I lived a disorganized and unhealthy lifestyle. I need to stop that.
My sister gets married in October. I'm the Best Man. That's another reason. Need to look good in those photos! :)
I started back on the horse yesterday, with a superb workout. Today, I feel that wonderful sore feeling. I'm heading back, and thinking about doing the cycling class at 7 as well. I need to really kickstart myself. I don't worry about overdoing it at first because I've proven to myself that I can stick with a program as long as I'm not busy and stressed otherwise.
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