As most people who know me, know that I have been overweight since I was 10 years only. By the time I reached high school I was already 220 lbs. Currently, I am about at 240 after loosing about 25 pounds since I started doing jiu-jitsu in the fall. But that is still far off from where for my height, I should be. Now, I won’t be getting super skinny to 129 where the doctors would like to see me in a health weight range, but I am working my weight down. After competing at pans, at 240 and 5ft, I am largely outsized in my division that has no upper weight limit. So currently, I am in the process of just working my weight down to my goal somewhere of a walk around weight between 175 to 185. In my head, I would like to get down to a walk around weight of 175, which would make the cut to Heavy next year for Pans be super easy with the limit with my gi on being 175.5. But I do know what my body will say to that. I haven’t been in the high 100s in weight since I was in middle school which was over 10 years ago at this point for me. For so long, my weight was a way to cope, because I coped through food when I was younger, but I have gotten passed that.
So that leads me to where I am today, last week I started on I wouldn’t say a diet but more or less watching what I am eating to see how much I am eating of different things. I am trying to stick somewhere between 1,700 and 2,000 calories a day deepening on how much I train on a certain day. So far, it has been working for me. I just have to prepare a lot of my food on Sunday for the week, because when I get home from work and the gym I am exhausted and don’t want to do much else ,except eat and go to sleep some nights.
I have been needing to do this for a while, even though most people couldn’t guess it at my highest weight I was over 270, so it is time for a change. It going to take a while and I know that. This isn’t even something that I would want to have happen over night. Just like in jiu-jitsu you don’t go from a white belt to black belt without working for it. It was time for me to make a change in life and going to Pans gave me the kick in the butt I needed.
I am looking forward to being in full leprechaun mode, but what I am not looking forward to buying new clothes. I hate clothes shopping, but I guess that will be a good reward once I start losing all the weight.
Over the last few years, I have made a lot of changes and decisions to live a better, healthier life and this is just one more commitment to that.