I have been going back and forth with myself for almost a year trying to decide if I should start blogging about my weight loss goals and experience. Finally after seeing so many other people talking about their experience, including one presentation at an Ignite Session at the Day Of DotNetNuke conference earlier this year I have finally decided to start to blog a bit about my journey and experiences here. If anything it will be a way for me to keep track of my progression, even better it could help someone else out that is trying to do the same thing. Over the coming weeks I'll share some of the tools, processes, etc that have helped me along the way. In this post however, I'll take a look at where I've come from and where I'm looking to go.
How Far I've Come
For those of you that have seen me at various conferences and events over the past few years you might have noticed some change in the last 1.5 years. In the second half of 2011 I started my weight loss journey. In a matter of about 4-5 months I managed to lose close to 50 lbs. That weight was lost by simply adding regular cardio exercise to my routine three times per week with no real organized change to my eating habits. After this initial loss I had quite a few people up to make and may comments etc and asking questions about what I did, etc.
Although reaching impressive results with that plan I hit a plateau in early 2012 that I couldn't get past. At this same time I started to look at ways to also start to include strength training in the mix to help with muscle tone etc. It was at that point though that I realized I just didn't have the experience necessary to start down this path. In January I decided to start with a Personal Trainer to get advice on proper workout etc.
Over the past 12 months I've been meeting with my trainer on a regular basis, granted missing some due to travel. During this time I have been able to maintain close to the same weight that I was at a year ago, reduce overall body fat, and improve my muscle mass. I am still not getting where I want to be which leads to my goals for 2013.
In the past 18 months or so I've seen a great bit of success on my weight loss and strength training plan. However, the execution of the plans thus far have only been partially effective as I have been often only focusing on one aspect. In 2011 it was cardio, in 2012 I was strength training and the cardio slipped. For 2013 I'm looking to finally get to the real recipe for success and get the cardio, get the strength training, AND be better about what I'm eating.
I'm setting my primary 2013 goal to be losing at least 65 pounds by the end of the year. At only 1.25 lbs a week I actually believe that this will be fairly easy to accomplish with a little discipline. I've seen results from good cardio workouts, I've seen good results from eating better, and I've seen results from strength training. Combining the three should hopefully result in success.
My secondary goal for 2013 is to keep this blog updated with stories of my journey. I've already tried various food tracking programs, diets, and exercise tracking tools. I hope over the next 12 months to share some of the tools, tips, and tricks that I've found to help me along the way. The amount of travel that I do does pose a bit of an interesting process and as such, I'm going to try to also blog about the combination of fitness & travel.
Wish me luck and if you are working on a similar journey may you achieve great success!