I am 43 years old, and about 5'7" in height. Last September, I suffered a heart attack, 3 days before my 43rd birthday. My cardiologist and primary care physician have been emphatic that I need to bring my weight under control, and frankly, so am I. Aside from my other issues, I've been suffering from sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and joint pain. I want out of this cycle, and I want to start now.
I was told to find a diet that was low carb, low sugar, and high in protein... I found the Primal Blueprint. I've now been on it a month, and I have already lost eight pounds. As a result, I am sleeping better, breathing better, and feeling better. I have more energy, and a generally more positive outlook on life. My clothes fit better, too! :-) But I want to do more, and this is the start of that process.
My stats as of last night were (the approximately equals sign reflects the fact that different sites gave me different numbers):
Weight = 247.8 lbs (at 5'7" in height)
BMI ? 38.2 - 38.9
Body Fat % ? 22.3 - 30.3
Lean Body Mass ? 172.8 - 180.4 lbs
Ideal Weight ? 164 lbs < (I think this is low, but...)
Overweight by ? 86.9 lbs
Today starts not only Mark's 30-day challenge, but my own year-long self-challenge: to drop 70 pounds by next August 1st, which will take me down to the "lean body mass" range above.
That's about 1.4 pounds a week, or 5.6 pounds/month. So my 30-day self-challenge is to jump-start this process (okay, as I said, I've already lost about 8 pounds in my first month on the Primal Blueprint, but re-jump-start it...) by losing another 6-8 pounds in the next 30 days.
I also intend to start some primal strength training in there, and work on getting into a more regular sleep pattern. Grok on!
Tom ("Young Fogey")