Well, I hope I'm not to late to join.
Actually Monday night I weighted myself and I was 198lbs. I was incredibly happy, you have no idea. I haven't been less than 200lbs since high school.
When I started exercising last year (October 2007) I was 230lbs.
So I think I've come a long way, but I still have 20lbs more to go.
I'm 5'11" and 198. My goal is to go down to 175/180lbs. I don't know my body fat percentage, but I know most of my fat is in my belly
Ill try to consume less carbs, but not cut it completely as they are very important part of a balanced diet.
No more fast food for me, of course. And ill try to consume 100% of the fiber I should consume in a day, my mother say that it will help my metabolism move faster.
Well, the gym I go to is at the Yatch club of my apartment building (a min away from home) and its really good. We dont really pay for it, because its included in the maintenance fee we pay every month.
The gym has every cardio machine, but the rowing one (which is my favorite). Also has free weights, flat bench and many more I dont know the names of. I also befriended the trainer there so she helps me for free
Well... Into the plan... What I usually do is:
I get there, I do 30 heavy (I mean that I go fast, at the rhythm of John '00' Flemming ) mins of elliptical machine.
And then 30 more mins of free weights, usually flat bench because I love it , I also work out my arms, triceps, shoulders, back and lower back.
I try not to do more than 1hr. That why someone recommended me some time ago.
Now... should I do the cardio before or after the weight training?
And again sorry for joining so late, but I do want to participate.
Because I want to be able to go to the beach and just take my shirt off and feel perfectly comfortable with that. Something I've never been able to enjoy.
PS: Anyone knows any way I can practice rowing in a cheaper way. I have checked prices here in South FL and the are VERY expensive
EDIT: Oh yeah, Im going to the gym at least 3 times a week, but I plan to make it at least 5. I also quit smoking and I have been smoke free for 3 weeks