Okay, so it’s a long time coming. This posting announces my plan to lose weight, get fit, and become a better, healthier me. I’m putting this on my blog in the hopes that all of my friends and family will help support along the journey. I have been overweight my entire life, and I am committing myself to change that.
So, first things first, I have to weigh in. I will be heading to the gym on campus just before lunch, stripping down, and getting my full weight. I fully expect to be around 320 pounds.
One thing I have to balance is that I play rugby, and a lot of my “power” comes from my size. If I shrink to near nothingness, I’ll have to either play a different position (which will involve re-learning the game), or bulk up on muscle mass to stay in the position I play now. I play Loose Head Prop right now, while a 20% smaller Joe might have to play Inside Center.
Nobody likes a skinny Prop. – My Rugby Coach
Another rugby consideration is that about a year from now, the Bingham Cup (Gay Rugby’s version of the Rugby World Cup), will be in Dublin. I would like to be in the best shape of my life and really enjoy playing the game (as opposed to now dreading the prospect of a full 80 minutes of rugby). I think that’s attainable!
One final consideration is Boyfriend. I am hoping that he will commit himself with me to come along this journey. I would love to see us get fit, together!
Scott used a “Phased” approach to losing weight, setting a near-term and a long-term goal, which I think will work really well for me. So, here are the Phases of Project Joe Gets Fit, as I see it now.
Phase One: Lose 10% (~30 pounds) of my body weight in 6 months.
Phase Two: Lose 10% of my original body weight (~30 pounds) in the following 9 months.
Phase Three: Quit Smoking. This will probably be the hardest thing I will ever do.
Phase Four: Maintain the healthy lifestyle.
That’s it for now. Everyone should expect weekly reports of my progress, even if it’s just a “I went to the gym twice this week and didn’t binge eat at all”. If not, can I count on you all for a “nudge”?