These are Randy’s first words:
So let us begin. I am writing this journal not just for me but for you. The me portion is so I can look at it when I am done and be proud again for a tough job well done. The you portion is if one person could read this and say if he can I can or if you could take away anything from these words that will help you to get healthier than I am happy and in the end is that not what we all want.
Before we begin I figure that we need to get some things straight. I am not anything more than an unhealthy 49 year old male. I am morbidly obese with a BMI of 60 plus and if you go by the insurance rates I am between 305-311 pounds overweight. I am 6 feet 6 inches tall and have a large frame. Now that you see the numbers you will agree this is not a beach Barbie looking to lose her freshman fifteen. I am a man who has let himself go and needs to get his life back. I am medically sound with the following exceptions. I have allergies, sleep apnea, and lymphedema. The allergies are just something I have to live with, the sleep apnea will get better the more weight I loose and the lymphedema will improve with the weight loss also. Finally, I will write only the truth in this journal. I am not in this for money or fame. I figured if nothing else I will be able to chart my progress and leave the journey for someone else who is looking for an alternative to the high cost of weight loss.
I will be using a Weight Watchers for Men as my diet program. I chose Weight Watchers because I have had success with them before and no other reason. I am not affiliated with them and receive nothing from them. As for Pete and Kemme Fitness here is my take on this. I met Pete in a class we were enrolled in for work. Before I first talked to him about joining up for this project I found him to be honest and outgoing. When I approached him about this, the one thing I liked about Pete is that he told me “he did not know everything.” His knowledge came from some schooling and his own personal knowledge and experience from doing what he describes at his Kemme Fitness web site. I like that. I think Pete is a person who has been there and done it and I take more stock in that type of person then I do in a person who is all about how a person looks only. Pete’s practical approach to workouts is a good system and I am willing to give it a chance. Also, Pete gives it away to anyone and does not expect anything in return except the knowledge that he helped someone. What a better world it would be if more people took that attitude.
My goals are simple. I want to get healthier and lose a lot of unwanted weight. I figure my first short term goal will be to lose 5% of my total weight and then I will reset the goal. My fitness goal is also simple. I want to be able to perform 25 pushups, 25 set ups, 25 jumping jacks, and run/walk a 5k without stopping. My goal time for the 5k will be 30 minutes. This is roughly the same passing scores I needed when I graduated from the police academy when I was 22 years old.
As for this journal I will make daily entries and weekly I will give my weight, pounds lost and total weight lost. As for photos I am too ugly for photos but I will make you a deal. I will take 1 photo a week and when I get half way done I will put together a rapid 1 second per slide show and you can watch the transformation if you are a registered follower of this blog. I will repeat this at the three quarter make and at the end of this journey.