I feel the need to start a thread that I can post to on a regular basis to try to stay motivated to get back into shape. I've had a pretty rough year and I have let myself go to hell pretty much.
Up until last year I raced road bikes and I was in pretty good shape. I was still skinny fat though, my upper body has never been impressive. Anyway, in November I hurt my knee and ended up needing surgery. On February 13 I had my right knee operated on, had a torn meniscus repaired, a lateral release, and a bunch of arthritis scraped off. On April 15th I had my left knee operated on, I had a lateral release and a bunch of arthritis scraped off. Long story short, the surgeries did not turn out well. My knees are both in worse shape now than before surgery. The surgeon even went as far as to tell me to sell my bikes.
On June 1st I decided that I was going to get out of my funk and get back into shape. I weighed in at 248 pounds (5' 10") and started working out. I was in shock at how bad of shap I was in. I was basicly a 248 pound weakling! Since then I have been going to the gym about five days a week and I am mostly concentrating on strength training. I intend to lose weight but I am not in a big hurry to do it. I want to change my lifestyle, not do some drastic diet like I have always done in the past. My current weight is 244 pounds but I am much stronger and can already tell I am gaining muscle. My pants are fitting a little looser as well.
Anyway, any comments to help me stay motivated will be appreciated.
Here is a picture showing just how badly I have let myself go. This is going to become my "before" picture.