I have always tried to use my insecurities as a strength. One of the things I've always dealt with since I was a child is a condition known as gynecomastia. It was always something that made me at times, not feel as confident as I wanted to be. For those of you that don't know what gynecomastia is, quite simply it is the fatty tissue that men have on their chest that makes it look like they have boobies. This along with being overweight, has been a long standing issue at times in my life. However, my friends have always made me feel better about it without knowing they have and in the most immature ways possible. I thank them for that! Whether calling me names or grabbing on my breasticles they helped to show me that it was not that big of a deal. Its weird to think about, but them pointing out the one thing that made me feel the most exposed and self conscious, was what made me more comfortable in my own skin. Like most things I turned it into a positive. I used it as motivation when I was lacking the energy to hit the gym and used it as a strength if I was ever feeling down.
Joining Diana in Oz is allowing me to get back on track. Back in the gym and focused on my health. All too often we get caught up in our work and family lives that we forget to take care of ourselves, and I have let myself fall victim. Now that I'm in a controlled environment I'm more ready than ever to lose the weight and get healthy. As for the gynecomastia, the only thing that will suitably treat the condition is surgery. I'll be tackling that issue later in the year!
One of the reasons I decided to post this subject on the blog is because I realize that a lot of people face challenges when it comes to losing weight. We all seem to look for the magic pill and want immediate results. What I think works best though, is losing weight over time and eating realistically. I want to bring attention to the issue because unfortunately some of us face medical and physiological limitations that prevent us from doing activities that promote a healthy life style. It can be arthritis, or a disease like lymes, that wrecks a person's body. Either way we all face challenges. Sorry, you wont be seeing dramatic results here. Keep in mind I AM NOT dieting. I eat healthy normally, but my portions were too large and I was eating wayyyy to late! I am hitting the gym now four days a week. My exercises include weightlifting and cardio, 2 or miles per workout. As a reference I use the elliptical and treadmill, about 15-20 min's on each (variable spd & steep incl.). I will be posting a weekly or biweekly progress picture so keep tuned!
So I challenge you to join me on my journey! If you have a couple lbs to lose, drop em'. If you just want to show support, let me hear your words of encouragement.
Here are my baselines:
- BMI- 37.7 est. This is pretty much morbidly obese (I think the BMI is outdated…)
- Height: 5'10
- Starting weight: 263lbs
- weight loss goal: 65lbs
- Time period: 9 months
On the flip side, I took a physical and blood tests before leaving the US, and I am medically healthy! I scored in highest level. Diana however scored in an exceptional category, a place reserved for athletes. So as she says, she works out to eat unhealthily….whatever flaca