My back in the mirror
Okay, so I have finally manned up. I never planned on putting pictures on here, but I was thinking last night that it would be a great way to show my progress. Also, it is hard for all of the readers out there to imagine what I look like. My starting weight was 235 pounds in these pictures, my goal is to weigh in at 150 pounds.
I started using an app called MyFitnessPal for my android phone to count calories. At first I just want to use it for a baseline to see where I am at and where I need to be. The app says that for me to lose 2 pounds per week that I will need to consume 1780 calories daily. I had a low carb Monster energy drink and a banana for breakfast, I currently have 1650 calories remaining for the day. I think that tracking my caloric intake might be the best way for me to concentrate on a diet, so once I am comfortable with counting calories I will start taking it serious.
Ashley really helped to motivate me last night. I got home from work and we were both hungry so she made a nice salad and I cooked steaks on the grill. After dinner she walked with me around the block and then I ran 2 laps around "my track." After running I did a few exercises in the house:
- 30 push ups
- 30 crunches
- 15 jumping jacks
- 15 barbell curls (60 lbs)
- 15 dead lifts (150 lbs)
- 15 barbell shoulder press (60 lbs)
It has been along time since I have worked out like this and it feels amazing. I actually broke a sweat while running and maintained momentum while lifting weights. I don't feel too sore this morning, but I can feel in my muscles that I worked out yesterday.
Things are really coming together for my weight loss journey and I am hoping that I find success at the end of the tunnel. The people around me and the people that read this blog are really what keep me going. The thought of becoming a father is really my biggest motivation, I want to be a role model to him in more ways that one.
My back while flexing
I will go for a walk tonight for sure and probably do some push ups and crunches. I don't want to push myself too hard and burn out before it begins.