So here's the skinny (if there is some sort of pun there, it was certainly unintended haha): I'm 24 (I'll be 25 in October), 6'0''/6'1'' and between 360 and 370 pounds. My current lifestyle is sedentary but I would like that to change. I know at my weight that HIIT cardio, jogging, running, etc isn't advised. When I went to the gym in the past, I was pretty satisfied with biking. I wasn't a big fan of the elliptical and I enjoyed swimming when I had the time. I have since moved away from that old gym; not terribly far from it but I'm much closer to an X-Sport Express but unfortunately they don't have a pool. I work an IT desk job that causes me to wake up around 6:30AM and get home between 4:30 and 5:30 PM. Due to this schedule, I've found it somewhat difficult to go to the gym. I tried the early morning workout and kept that up for a while but the early wake ups were causing me to be exhausted at work and as a result, the quality of my work went down which is something I want to avoid. I know health should be #1 but in the economy and what not, I don't want to risk losing my job because I'm not putting forth the effort that is expected of me. As well, when I get home from work, I've been finding it hard to get the motivation to head to the gym. Perhaps there is some sort of at home routine I could work with..I feel that I would probably have a better chance of working out if it were in my home than a drive away.
I recently moved out of my parents'' house into an apartment with my college roommate. He is somewhat fitness oriented, or was for a while, but with the stresses of his new teaching job and the after school coaching he participates in, he doesn't get home until 7PM or later. So my attempt to use him as motivation is fruitless. With the freedom of living outside of my parents' place comes the ability to control what food I buy and stock the fridge and pantry with, both good and bad.
I've been a big guy as far as I can remember, with it really escalating Junior/Senior year of high school and up. I've reached a "comfort zone", if you will, in regards to the quantity of food I eat, the way I look, the way I feel and the way I interact with others. I've gotten to the point where I can make jokes about myself in an attempt to keep negativity from others away. But this is something I want to stop. I'm tired of looking this way, feelings this way and living this way. I know I deserve to be happy and healthy.
So it is here that I turn to you all. I've followed the forums on and off for a few years, typically when I'm looking for a source of motivation, etc. I'm ready to change; I want to change. I've been reading several testimonials from people who have been doing IF and have had great success. I gather that any sort of scientific research done on it shows that meal frequency/regularity isn't a big issue and that it's probably calories in vs. calories out. If I'm wrong, please let me know. I'm intrigued by IF but I want to gather more information about it. I actually have a buddy who has been doing IF for a month or two (maybe longer) and has had good success. I believe that he's down about 30-40 pounds and looks great. The gym he works at is even considering putting him on posters or other materials around the gym due to his success. Obviously his weight loss has to do with his eating coupled with his work out plans.
My question is: is IF something I could consider doing at my size? If so, is it something I could/should sustain for prolonged periods of time (weeks/months)? If it isn't feasible for me, at this time, what else would you recommend. I always have issues finding reliable calculators for daily caloric intake so I'm somewhat all over the board when it comes to finding a number to follow. As well, I've read about people taking BCAAs, multi vitamins, fish oil and coconut oil. I don't have a ton of experience with supplements so I put it in your hands.
I know there are plenty of easy things in life, but weight loss isn't necessarily one of them. It's a struggle and a journey. As much as I would like to lose the weight in a week, I know it's not possible and not healthy to lose a lot in a little bit of time. I've accepted that this is going to be a year+ effort. My friends from college recently got engaged and are planning a wedding in the Dominican Republic next June. I don't think it would be possible for me to get to my goal weight by then, but I would certainly love to make significant progress by then; progress that will allow me to be comfortable with myself.
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. This is not something I can do on my own, but with the support of your friendship/advice and courtesy, I think I can finally begin my way on the path to good health.
To a better me!
I apologize for the length of this post and I don't necessarily expect it to be read all the way through. For some reason, I get comfortable talking and pouring my soul out when I'm posting on a forum haha.