Who am I?
Well, let’s see. I’m a 39-year-old guy. I’m married, and I have a daughter. I work as an IT analyst, and I was introduced to technology by my late father at a very young age. I am also a singer & songwriter, and an aspiring recording artist.
I love my family, I like watching NFL football and college basketball, I like to cook, and I’m into tech-DIY.
I’m 6 feet 3 inches tall, and as I write this introduction I currently weigh approximately 370 pounds. That translates to a body mass index of 46.2, which by the definition of the CDC, makes me obese. I’ve been overweight since I was 14, and I have struggled for a very long time with failed attempts to lose this weight and live a healthier lifestyle. I am also an emotional eater and I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 24.
Currently, I use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help me sleep, and I take medication for pre-hypertension and depression.
I’m being transparent with my struggles because when I reach my goal, I hope that maybe I can inspire someone just as so many other people’s journeys and struggles have inspired me. I am also being fully transparent to myself about my struggles so I can look back and objectify this place in my life as a place to move on from.
What am I doing?
I’m going to journal one year of a real lifestyle change. Currently, I get in light exercise no more than 2-3 times per week and I struggle constantly with food – making nutritious choices and consuming proper portions. I also have not taken the proper proactive attitude toward resolving my other issues. That all changes now.
This site will have four sections – the Blog, the Sunday Meal Prep Journal, the Recipe Archive, and the STATurday Updates. I will post my personal thoughts in the Blog. How I’m feeling, a Bible scripture or motivational quote that inspired me, whatever. Anything could end up there. The Sunday Meal Prep Journal is just that – I’ll post about the meals I make for myself for the week. The Recipe Archive is also exactly what it sounds like – links to recipes I’ve used for my Sunday Meal Prep. Just in case I may want to try something again, or document a tweak I did to a recipe that worked better for me. And finally, the STATurday Updates is where I will post my weekly weigh-ins and measurement checks.
These regular updates will give me the self-imposed accountability I am seeking throughout this journey.
What are my goals?
I’m giving myself one year. I turn 40 on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. That is my goal date. My finish line, if you will. What am I leaving behind when I cross the finish line? Obesity. Emotional eating. Self deprecation. All the things that I let weigh me down and get in the way of enjoying life. When I cross my proverbial finish line next May 24th, my plan is to achieve the following:
- BMI below 30
- Weight below 240 pounds
- No more medication for pre-hypertension
- No more medication for depression
- No more CPAP for sleeping
And don’t get it twisted. Next May 24th is not the end of the journey. This will be a lifestyle change for me. This year will not be a means to an end, but rather the setting and refining of a new foundation in my life.
And I invite you to join me.