The blogosphere is getting fitter.
I first saw Liz talking about it. Followed by a whole string of posts by Chris who has been keeping us up-to-date on his progress pretty regularly. Some of my co-workers even have a blog devoted to their workouts. And guess who is jumping on the bandwagon!
I’d actually made a lame attempt at starting a workout routine back in January. But it didn’t stick. Then when I saw Chris’ post about measuring “Body Mass Index” (BMI), I ended up measuring my own. At the time I was a solid 190lbs, which put me very clearly in the “overweight” BMI category.
Now according to the BMI people I should weigh ~160. But the thing is, BMI isn’t really a good metric because it doesn’t take into account the weight of fat versus muscle. And personally I want to keep some of the latter around.
So I set my first goal at 170. I might go a little farther depending on how I look/feel when I get there. My plan of attack has been this:
1) Work out at least four mornings a week. Minimum 30 minutes of cardio, then weights (alternating upper and lower body). I’m doing this in the mornings, which has had a great effect on my energy throughout the day and my sleeping habits!
2) Eat better. I’ve always been a very healthy eater, so mostly this meant cutting down portions and avoiding snacks (damn you Wheat Thins and your salty addictiveness!)
So far I’m down to 183 and feeling better than I have in years. My 33 waist jeans are already becoming too loose. I figure once I’ve reached my goal I’ll be able to buy 30s again like back in my high school days!