hey everyone. My name is Rick and I am originally from Bothell, WA, but I've been in and around the Memphis area (mostly) since 92. Let me appologize in advance, this is gonna be long
The thread title says "step 3" because I am preparing to enter the third stage of my "stay alive long enought to have grandkids and see my youngest daughter graduate HS if not college" plan. June of this year I topped the scale at 278 lbs. I remember moments of 280+, but since this is where we started, 278 it is. Since I am 5' 8-9" (depending on my mood, hehe), I definitely fall into the "clydesdale" category. I also turned 40 this year, so... yeah. Throw in diabetes and high blood pressure and I'm a heart attack/stroke waiting to happen.
SO, my wife and I embarked on a 6-week challenge making small diet and exercise changes in our lifestyle. Long story short, after the 6 weeks, plus an extra week of vacation (6 Flags over Dallas ROCKS!), I was down 4 lbs and 3.25 inches. All we did the first set was to introduce a mandatory amount of water (32oz-4 cups), a mandatory amount of exercise (dealer's choice, but at least 10 mins for 3 days needing 75 mins total), and a minor diet change (2 servings of fruit OR veg every day). I chose walking as my exercise, since my bowflex is buried in the garage. I also went one step further, and completely cut caffeine from my diet.
I've continued the steps taken so far, and increased them. Water is still 32oz, but I drink 96+oz on days I work and a minimum of 48 on days off. I've changed diet to include 2-3 serving of fruit AND veg. Exercise is now 4 days for 100 minutes and I've extended the distance I walk and have added running (more like "fat boy shuffle") to the end. Every day I'm out, I add just a little bit more running by starting my run farther from my stopping point. If I don't make it, I try again until I do. Step 2 should end early next year with the goal of completing a 5K without walking.
The goal for step 3 is to complete a duathlon, which is where the biking comes in. I'm here to do my research, and when the time is right, replace my mountain bike with something more appropriate. Sorry, but there's no mountains in Memphis, lol!
Bear with me a bit more.... Another idea I've run past the wife, is for me to get my hands on a 3-4wheeled bike, and have a trailer I can pull my 3 daughter in (that's my snag so far) for weekend trail rides on the lovely "Rails to Trails" conversions they've done here. I've also heard they're banging around an idea to connect West Memphis, AR with Memphis via trail using the old car bridge under the RR bridge. THAT would be a cool ride!
Thanks for bearing with my long-typedness I really hope y'all didn't go all on me.