Hey Y'all. I know this is a long first post, but I am looking for assistance/support and I have seen that you all treat each other like family (for the most part) so I wanted to take advantage of any experiences that you would care to share.
I have read many of these threads and as a noob, it's all pretty much like trying to read a different language. The long and the short is this. I am attempting to become a new person. I have been heavy all my life and am currently 5'11", 306 lbs, 36 y/o male, never really have taken care of my body, never really eaten healthy. The light finally went on when I had an issue buttoning the collar of a shirt that I had bought recently because my previous shirt no longer fit.
I am blessed to have a co-worker who is a body builder and she has taken a general interest in helping me get healthy. I started easy (not really easy for me), but I started with a mile on the treadmill at 3.0mph and in a week have gotten up to 2 miles anywhere between 3.5mph-4.0mph. I have access to some workout machines and free weights (I work at a hotel and my GM has also taken an interest in seeing me get healthy and has allowed me access to the hotel weight room), but I really don't know what I am doing and I want to be realistic and not hurt myself by going too fast, but am looking for the next step, if there is one at this point.
My questions are, have any of you started off where I am now, or do you know anyone who has? How did you get to where you are now? Are any of these supplements even worth trying at the stage I am at, or is it way too early for those? How do you stay focused on the task at hand? Anything that might assist me in my quest? (not necessarily shortcuts, just enhancement that I could utilize to facilitate what I am trying to do)
Some of the obstacles I have: I commute an hour and 15 minutes to and from work, so I can only get to the gym in the evenings. I have no access to any workout supplies on the weekend, although I do live near a very mountainous road that I could walk on. Once I hit a yet to be determined goal, I may consider investing in something. I believe many short term goals would be a benefit to me, but I don't know where to begin as far as realism. The first long term goal that I have set is that if I am able to get down to 256, I will change my screen name from Fat Ass.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this entire posting and look forward to any insight you may have for me.