To give you a little history, I grew up in Rutland, Vermont, where I met Michael. I was there from just before I turned five to a few months after I turned 24. I went to a small Christian school that had its largest graduating class to-date the year I graduated, with seven students. During high school I played Soccer all four years, and Basketball for my freshman year, and weighed around 200 lbs. I have never been in super amazing shape, and during high school, it was only the afore-mentioned sports for exercise, and that was it: no gym, no weights and definitely no running. Then college came around, and I went to a state college with a full scholarship, one of the benefits of graduating from such a small school and being second in my class. People talk about the freshman 15, and I honestly don't think it was in the freshman year that I put on my weight, but I don't remember for sure. I worked out once during that first year in college that I remember, and I still have the scar to prove it (and the nickname Mortal Head Wound Seth from Michael's brother, Daniel). I will share that story in a later post. I had a few stints in college where I was very active; I took a racquetball course for an extra credit and fell in love with the sport. I met a friend that started working out with me and for a semester we were exercising 5 times a week. Eventually our schedules got out of sync, and I stopped going as regularly for quite some time. Then I got out of college and was working one job full time. I used the extra time that I had at the gym, going five days a week for, at the minimum, an hour a day. At that time I also became much more regimented about what I ate. Looking back at it now I was probably only eating 1500 to 2000 calories a day, which helped me lose about 65 lbs. When I really got into working out at this time, I was between 280 and 300 lbs, and a year and a half to two years later I was down to 215. This was the weight I was at when I moved to Florida, and when I got here I didn't keep all of my good habits: I stopped being as regimented with my diet and didn't work out for about 6 months. In that time I put back on about 35 lbs. I stayed at that weight for quite some time, roughly 2 years, but that has been changing as of late. As of writing this I am at 225 and dropping, and there are several factors that I can attribute to this, which I will get into later. I am very excited about my progress and have my goal set for lower than I was content with before.
My Current Stats (I don't have some of the accuracy that Michael does):
rough estimate of body fat% - I would say between 20% - 30%