Of course my mom and her boyfriend say they can tell a difference but lolz parents kkthx. Still feels good to know i'm actually making progress unlike the previous times i've tried and it felt like nothing was happening.
On June 5th I visited the doctor after taking my blood pressure and it was 160/110 or something like that. My doctor put me on blood pressure medicine, Lisinopril. It's only a 5mg prescription which controls it very well and is rather small. That's really when i decide my weight was pretty out of control and i needed to work on it. I revisited him July 15th and discussed getting a prescription weight loss pill. He gave me Phentermine and it has worked good so far.
So to date i've lost about 30 pounds and i think as long as i continue on this trend i will eventually reach my goal of losing 175-200 pounds. I know thats a big goal and typically your advised to pick small goals at first to build confidence but that won't do shit for me, which is why i just assume to look at it this way. I'm 1/8 of the way there after a couple months. I figure, i keep plugging along and it'll get down there.
I've weighed 350-355 for about 3 or 4 years now. I started gaining weight when i was 12 and it's steadily built up over the years. Really what happened was my diet just went to pure hell.
At about 12 i started drinking coke, pepsi, mt. dew, etc., all the time. Never drank water or anything healthy other than fruit juice and even then thats pumped full of some bad shit to make it taste good. I ate a lot. I would eat 2-3 sandwichs a day, tons of chips, and i also ate sunflower seeds religiously for years. I would eat all the time. Looking back i know thats what my problem has been.
I've always been a fairly active person but probably intaking crazy amounts of calories and there was no way my body could burn that much in a day.
Just as a note I don't like counting calories. Since i still live with my parents it's hard to buy food thats easy to measure out. But i feel safe saying that i easily take in less than 2000 per day.
So now i've cut down how much i eat by a lot. Basically my rule now is "Don't eat unless your hungry". By hungry i mean my stomach is growling and i can tell it needs food. I usually try to force an apple down in the morning to get my metabolism started. Lunch usually consists of a grilled piece of chicken, precooked, with a shimmy of ketchup and either an apple or another fruit/vegetable like corn/carrots/broccoli. For meat or chicken i usually go by a rule of "A portion is the size of your palm." Dinner consists of the same thing or some variety of that.
I limit drinking cokes to going out, which is maybe once a week or maybe even once per 2 weeks. I primarily drink water now. On average i would say 6-7 bottles a day probably a little more. When i sit down to eat i always make sure to eat very slow and drink some water in between each bit of food. Almost always i feel full after i eat whats on my plate. Many times i can't finish it because i get full. I also try not to eat later then 8pm.
For exercise i currently walk 2 miles. 1 mile takes me about 20 minutes to walk, I stop for 4-5 minutes to catch a drink and let my legs/feet stop throbbing and then walk the next one. I run a small portion of both miles. If you ask why i don't run or jog a lot is because even before a quarter mile i'll fucking die. I do that every night around 10pm or so.
I'm just generally looking for advice from people that have lost weight and have suggestions as to what i could do to improve. A few questions that maybe you could ask yourself and tell me what you think could be:
1) Should i walk during the day? Or do some exercise during the day time? (Heat wave fucking sucks in Arkansas 114 degrees 124 what it feels like gg god)
Then as just another question i pose to people who have lost quite a bit of weight and gone through major physical changes (I'd say 100+ pound lost or more), how has your skin adapted to it? I'm pretty young which i believe helps with skin coming back to shape. I'm losing weight for health reasons yes, but obviously being 20 theres quite a few reasons why you don't wanna be 350 pounds. Losing weight over a longer period of time, i've read, helps to let your skin naturally reconfigure to what you've lost. I saw a figure of about 2 years time to let skin reform.
Are there any specific things i should do? Exercises? Lifting weights as i lose more weight?
-I was 355 pounds, 5'11, 20 years old in June
-On blood pressure and weight loss medication via prescription
-I am now 321 pounds 20 years and 3 months old
-I've changed my diet drastically as well as drinking tons of water
-I exercise every night by walking 2 miles with a 5 minutes break in between
-I'm looking for any advice you have on changes i should make in exercise or diet
-I'm looking to hear from someone who has lost a major amount of weight and how their skin has taken to it
That's it. Thanks for reading and thanks to anyone who posts suggestions.
The whole skin thing might seem stupid but i think it would be stupid to lose 175 pounds only to be met with bad looking flimsy skin. I would say most people that have been as overweight as i am know how it feels because hating yourself is bad!!