Staying Motivated

As with all new projects, most people feel highly motivated at the beginning. I am feeling this now as well. However, I am not naive. There will be times when it gets hard or I am tempted. I will try to convince myself that I can’t do it. But there are certain things I look to so I can try to stay motivated. Here are a few motivating things I turn to:

  • Future Sailor Weightloss This is the story of a guy who was overweight and wished to enlist in the Navy as well. He was 256 when he started. I believe now according to his twitter account (@Geoffbreedwell), he is currently serving and is stationed in CT. Very inspiration to know there are others like me.
  • Fat to Fit This is an amazing thread on a forum I like to visit. It is right now, a 239 page long thread of amazing men and women who have lost 10,20,50,75,100, and even 300+ lbs of weight. They have posted progress pics, etc. It is extremely motivating!
  • The Navy Cafe This site has some great members that post actively on the forums. Members include Active Duty and retired sailors alike. Very beneficial and motivating to hear of other’s stories.
  • 344pounds.com This blog is of a guy who has lost a tremendous amount of weight and has changed his life considerably. Very awesome and inspiring!
  • ExNavyNuke This is another blog that is a compilation of ex Navy Nuke’s experiences. Always motivating to read through these and strive for excellence.

Of course the biggest motivation comes from within. I am not only doing this to serve my country, but to serve myself. I am getting healthier to enjoy a long and rewarding life. And that by itself, is the most motivating factor in my pursuit of this goal.

1200 Calories

After doing quite a bit of research, I have decided to limit my intake of calories to 1200-1500 per day.

Utilizing online calculators, I have found my estimated BMR is 2642. That is my Basal Metabolic Rate which is roughly the amount of calories you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day and rested.

By utilizing a very commonly found chart, I would multiply that number by 1.2 due to my desk job/sedentary life style. That gives me a total of 3170 calories I need to take in to maintain my current weight. Maintaining is obviously NOT what I want, but it is eye opening to the lack of activity and garbage I called food I would eat.

As we all know, there are roughly 3500 calories in one pound of fat. To generate one pound of fat loss in a week, I need to come up with a 3500 caloric defecit throughout the week. I am not content with 1 lb a week.  I am aiming for 3-4 lbs per week. Which means I need to create a 14,000 caloric defecit throughout the week. So I must take in roughly.. 1200 calories.

What people do not understand is that this does NOT mean I only eat 1200 calories a day. It has been done and I am sure there will be days I do this, but that is not what it means. This means that through diet and exercise I need to create that defecit. So if I eat 2000 calories a day, I need to do 800 calories worth of exercise. I also ensure I take a daily multivitamin to get some of the nutrients/vitamins that may lack in my diet.

And how many calories do you burn doing an active? I recommend Health Status. Simply enter your weight and the number of minutes on each activity. It will tell you how many calories you have burned. I have found it to be reasonably accurate.

So how long will it take me to reach my shipweight? I need to lose 120 lbs of fat from my body. An entire person.That means I will need to create a 420,000 caloric defecit to achieve that goal. If I am aiming for a 14,000 caloric deficit a week, that means it will take me exactly 30 weeks to drop that weight. Roughly 7 1/2 months. Could take longer, could take shorter. It isn’t important. What is important, is that I do what I can to reach my goal.

The thing to remember is, I didn’t get this way over night and it won’t change over night. If I mess up a few days, just remember… this is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. I am not restricting myself to certain types of foods etc. Simply making a conscience decision about every morsel I put into my body. If I want to eat a 500 calorie burger, I do. But I also recognize that is 500 calories I need to make up somewhere else via exercise. Therefore, I usually choose to not eat the burger!

Weigh In Wednesday – Week #1

Today marks a day for many different events.

The first one, being it is Wednesday, which will be my Weigh In Day. I plan to use every Wednesday’s weight as my progress marker. And our grand starting weight? 301. This means to make my shipweight I will need to lose exactly 121 lbs to meet the height/weight standards for the Navy at my height, 5″8. This seems like such an impossible goal, but I am committed to doing this.

Today, I also plan to sign the new lease with my girlfriend for the apartment. This will obligate us to this apartment until Oct of 2011. I am not too worried about this, she is very self sufficient and she fully supports my desire to enlist in the Navy. If for whatever reason I am able to leave before then, not holding my breath, she will be able to hold down the fort until then.