This is the story of one mans attempt to drop from 326 pounds (143kg or 23st 4lbs) to something far more reasonable. To begin with the goal is 250 pounds or just under 18st, eventually to 15st or under.
First off a few things about me. My name is James (@jimblobb on Twitter) and I live in Knebworth England.
I’ve been a yo-yo dieter more or less my whole adult life, at age 18 I was 18 stone and I’ve not been lighter than that since.
I did get back to 18 stone somewhere around 2002, but a few changes in my life for the worse eventually ended up with me getting back up to 24 stone.
On Sept 28th 2014, me and my wife had a baby boy, who is gorgeous, but already imposing physical demands on my very overweight body. For instance bathing him hurts my knees and I do struggle a little to get up off the floor when we’re done.
Primarily I intend to lose weight via changing my diet. I am not a huge eater, just about everyone I know can eat more than me in a single meal, but I do eat just about everything that I shouldn’t just about every day, I would think nothing to a Burger, Cake, Biscuits, chocolate, a full dinner, pudding and sugary fizzy drinks on the same day. This has to stop. Full stop.
Secondly I intend to exercise, I’m going to invest in DDP Yoga when they have an app. And I’m going to walk, and walk like I’ve never walked before.
How much walking?
On average I walk 6000 steps a day as I work on my feet 5 days a week. Some days I hit over 13000, other days less than 2000.
My goal for 2015 (Other than to hit 18st) is to walk 5 million steps. That might sounds like a lot, but let me break it down a little.
My current average of 6000 steps a day works out just under 2.2 million steps. And that’s pretty easy to be honest. 5 million steps comes out at 13,698 steps a day. I do that occasionally at work. But to Hit 5,000,000 I need to do that every day… For a year.
But here we are 2 weeks into 2015 and I’m only just starting. So I’m already 178,100 steps behind! Well actually I have been tracking steps, but I’m not doing that many just yet. So far this year I have walked 85,950 steps according to the Withings Healthmate App on my iPhone.
It’s also for Charity!
I’m looking for 2 types of sponsors for this effort. Firstly I want to get sponsored in aid of British Heart Foundation. I’ll be setting up a JustGiving page in aid of BHF, and also I’ll have a sponsorship form available on me at work and if I’m out and about.
The other kind of Sponsorship I’m after is a little help from one of the fitness tracker manufacturers. If Fitbit, Withings or Jawbone want to offer me one of their latest fitness trackers, I’ll shout their name from the rooftops.
I’ll be posting new articles here weekly to give progress updates and when I hit specific Milestones. Wish me luck on Twitter, click the link on the side to follow me.