Friday, March 28, 2008

Slowest Loser

Remember this topic? 221 pound male, 6'1"?

Yeah that was me and I can say that, as of this morning, I've lost about 15 pounds! It feels awesome to have been able to accomplish at least some weight reduction in the months that I've been toiling in our workout center.

My goal is to try and get around 190 pounds before residency starts. I don't think that will happen, but it's good to have a goal in mind. Since I've had some time off I've been working out for 1.5-2 hours a day, have been eating better, have stuck with my plan to avoid soft drinks, and reduced my caloric intake by about 500 calories a day.

I also try to workout before eating breakfast or lunch since you burn more calories this way. Wife commented that she thinks I've lost too much weight and that my clothes don't fit well anymore, but I've still got some more to go. I've just been wearing baggier clothing to hide the bulge for so long that it looks too baggy on me now.

The program where I've been accepted has a fairly good gym with several elliptical machines and lots of free and machine weights, but it's used by the entire campus. I'm thinking about finding out how much they'd charge with me being a resident and then comparing that with purchasing a home gym like Bowflex along with a treadmill. It would be easier to workout at home since I wouldn't feel guilty with the extra 1-2 hours spent away, so it might be worth a little bit more each month just to vanquish the guilt.


Mary said...

I've been lurking for a few weeks as my husband is currently in his 1st year of residency so you're bringing back memories of last year!

Anyway, if money is a concern, you might want to look into getting free weights and a bench and using a book like "Getting Stronger" by Bill Pearl as you can work all of the same muscles for a fraction of the price of a Bowflex. We pieced together a fantastic home gym for less than $200 by waiting for sales and buying some used.

I know it has helped my husband's sanity to come home after a rough day and take out his frustrations on his elliptical and weights.

And congrats on getting your first choice :)

Old MD Girl said...

I'm in agreement with Mary vis a vis the free weights. You could even buy a bench if you wanted to get crazy.

Julie said...

Ever check out It's a program where people give away stuff they no longer want in order to keep it out of the landfills. You choose your city and either make a wanted post, or wait for one to be offered. I got a really nice treadmill that way.... just had to pick it up at the guy's house. I always see lots of gym and exercise equipment being offered In my area because people no longer have room for stuff they haven't been using. Just a thought

M said...

Taking a leaf out of your book and butchering a human literary staple, "No price is too high to pay for the privilege of a healthy lifestyle."

(Sorry, Nietzsche.)

Rather than focusing on an 'ideal weight', I prefer to use 'healthy' as my maxim. Enjoying a regular exercise routine (well, as regular as a resident could hope for) and a healthy diet (again) usually means the pounds shed/keep themselves at bay.

Keep us posted on what sort of exercise routine you undertake when residency starts. Good luck!

tracy said...

Way to go! Congrats on the healthy lifestyle! It will inspire many, especially patients...(and me!)

E said...

i think that sounds like a great idea, and good job on the weight loss so far. You can totally run on your treadmill and "Spend time with the kids" at the same time. You can watch their little cartoon shows with them or whatever. Ha ha, yeah right, as if you're ever going to be home at hours when another human being would be awake.

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