Ok here we go, starting light strength training today. I'm currently in week 10 of my cardio routine and I'm adding some simple body weight training.
It's probably a good idea to give everyone some history just so you have an idea of where I've come from and where I'm taking this fairly new life-style. Oops almost forgot, the cardio program I'm currently on is 30 mins, twice a day, 4 times a week (MTThF) on a recumbent. I use to ride on a standard stationary, but it utterly destroyed my groin, so I fronted the cash for the recumbent. I get anywhere from 7.5-8.0 miles in a 30 min session.
Anyway, I grew up in Hawaii and was raised in a rather food-centric family/culture where we'd eat large portion with rice at every meal. This is where I learned to associate food with love and comfort and more importantly family. I then moved up to Alaska (yes I know I rather huge change, imagine the shock I experienced) for a job opportunity. The location I moved to was rather remote and only had two flights every other day in or out of the village. Yes I said village, its population is less than 550 people and majority of those work two weeks off and two weeks on. So they really shouldn't be counted; I was one of the year rounders. Anyway, I was 340lbs at 6ft and started picking up really expensive eating habits in this new location. Especially since Korean take-out was the main source of ANY un-self-prepared food in the village. So seeing how it was destroying my wallet, my roommate and I decided to start the atkins diet and we both lost a substantial amount of weight. I came down to 240lbs on changing my diet alone. Note that the type of work I did was very sedentary.
Ok fastforward a year or two and I'm hurting physically and feeling like crap day in and day out on this all meat diet. I thought at the time it was the stress of my work, so I up and quit as well as relocated to a more populated part of Alaska. Where, yes you can guess, had produce. Yep, if you hadn't already guess, with flights into a village every other day, produce is scary. Getting back to the point, I researched the vegan/vegetarian diet and started the most healthiest change of my life.
Here is what my goals are:
Get anywhere between 185-205lbs
Get anywhere between 10-12% bf
Improve lean muscle mass
As you can see I've given ranges. I figure that's the best way since I have no idea what is realistic for the type of gradual routine.
I'll list daily what my workout routines are and what my food intake is. Next post I'll list what I ate on SUN so everyone has an idea of what my dietary habits have been for the last 10 weeks.
Ok, here goes, wish me luck.
"Eating should be seen as a ritual of health."
Last edited by LocalBrada on Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:15 pm, edited 11 times in total.