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Thirst
Dec 1st 2007, 12:41 AM
I need to start working out again. I want to make it part of my lifestyle, and not just something that I do when I feel like it (which hasn't been for about eight months I'd guess).

I do get a lot of exercising with my job. I probably walk 2.5 miles per day. I work a lot of hours so usually, the last thing I want to do when I get home is exercise. I want to unwind and spend time with my wife so we can hang out a couple of hours before it is time for bed.

We did that the other night, though. It was snowing out and we decided to go out and play in it. We ended up taking a walk/run around our apartment complex (which is about a half a mile). It felt good.

I like to lift, and for cardio, my job helps, and after the new year I am going to start playing basketball in the mornings. I also need to change my eating habits. I eat out way too much because of my job. I usually eat twice a day, but when I do, I eat the wrong stuff and too much of it.

My stats at this time last year:

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225

My stats right now:

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 265

Yep, a 40 pound weight gain. But, I am tall so it looks okay, but I know it's NOT okay. Ideally, 240 is a good weight for me. When I was 225, I was simply too skinny and didn't look right. A 25 pound weight loss right now would be awesome, but I want to do it the right way. I love playing hoops, so I know that will help a lot. I drink diet pop, and I know that isn't good either.

Any tips on how to get started? I know packing lunches is the way I need to go. My wife stresses eating healthy, and packing lunches will also save us a good amount of money.

Thanks in advance.

Toolman
Dec 3rd 2007, 03:08 PM
Thirst,

Congrats on recognizing your need. That is definitely the first step.

Here is a great thread on fat loss tips:

The Do's and Don'ts for Effective Fat Loss (http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=93984)

Several of us have created threads for journaling our exercise programs and for accountability. Here are a couple of examples of those:

Exercise and Diet -- Toolman (http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=33184)

Exercise and Diet -- JIML (http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=101602)

One of those for you might be a good idea.

What kind of access to you have to weight lifting equipment? Do you belong to a gym? I would say your cardio needs will be taken care of probably if you are walking 2.5 miles a day and playing basketball.
How much time, per week, do you have to devote to lifting. I can help you work up a routine with as little as 2 hours a week.

Thirst
Dec 3rd 2007, 05:07 PM
I could handle two hours per week.

I don't have a gym membership, but I do have some weights. I have a curl bar with 70 pounds on it (standing curls). I used to do about 12-15 reps, but I know since I haven't lifted in months, I could not do that. I also have a bar where you can do one arm curls.

That's all the weights I have. I used to just do standing curls and skull crushers for triceps.

Thanks so much, I'm looking forward to seeing what you have for me.

Toolman
Dec 3rd 2007, 06:23 PM
Thirst,

We are going to need a bit more equipment.

Let me ask, is there any way to either get more equipment or to join a gym?

If not I can rig you up a routine that uses body weight only perhaps. Can only take you so far though.

Richard_a
Feb 23rd 2008, 03:50 PM
Hi thirst,
there's so much you can do to improve your fitness, i wouldn't know where to start from. theres this site called DiscussFitness (http://www.discussfitness.com) which really has loads and loads of infotmation. i'm sure you'll be able to find something useful there.
Ritchie