I am not here to give anyone advice on how to keep fit. Everyone is different and what has worked for me might not work for you. Here is my story and how I went beast mode back into shape:
Approximately 7 months ago I was 223 LBs, smoked about 1 OZ of weed every 2 weeks, and smoked 1 1/2 pack of cigarettes a day for about 18 years. I started smoking weed when I was 16, and cigs since I was 18.
Anyhow, 7 months ago I decided it was time to lose weight and get into decent if not great shape. So decided I was going to start a walking, jogging, and running routine. There is a park near my house that totals 4 miles in perimeter. I told myself that one day I would run around the entire park without stopping. I remember my first day jogging. I thought I was superman. I went out to the park ran about 1/16th of a mile was out of breathe, huffing, puffing and gagging to the point I was going to throw up. My legs immediately swelled up and it took me 3 hours to walk back to my house ( the park at normal walking speed is 5 minutes from my house).
This is when I knew I had to take a different approach. My only option was walking. It took me a couple days of rest before I could walk again. Around this same time I stopped smoking weed, but not cigarettes. When I recouped from that first day I started off walking around the park. It was a struggle at first just to walk around the park once, but I trained myself to eventually walk around the park 2-3 times a day. At some point I also opened a membership at 24 hour fitness. My only purpose of this membership was to use the elliptical to strengthen my legs. My first day at the gym I did 10 minutes and was out of breathe. Anyhow for months and months I eventually trained myself to walk around the park 2-3 times a day, and also walked from my house to the gym and back home ( 6 mile round trip) after 60 minutes on the elliptical. I kept this routine until I went to Vietnam the beginning of February.
I was suppose to vacation in VN for 3 months, but it was cut short to only three weeks. I have a mental illness that I do not want to get into that cut my vacation short and sent me packing back to the states. Anyhow after I go back I relapsed and started excessively smoking weed again but it was only for a couple of weeks. Sometime early/mid March I clicked out of my relapse of smoking weed and started to walk around the park again.
After a few days of walking I weighed myself. I was only 175 lbs. I was amazed that I had lost so much weight. This is when I decided it was time to start actually running. No more walking and no more elliptical at the gym. Middle of March I started running, and my first day I was doing 1/2 a mile at time. I was amazed how much stamina, endurance, and leg strength I had. Anyhow I kept jogging and running and increased the distance a little bit at t a time leading up to April 14, 2013. After my last cig of this day I ran two miles straight. That night I woke up several times gasping for air, hacking and coughing. The next morning I had the sharpest pain in my right lung every time I took a breathe. This is when I realize that running was lot more important to me then smoking so I stopped smoking and haven't smoke that day.
A couple days later I flew to Canada to visit my grandmother. I didn't want to jog since I kept feeling the pain in my right lung. After a week I felt a little better so I went out to the park near my grandmothers house and ran 4 laps around the track (approx. 1 mile). After that run I still felt the pain in my lung so I didn't jog the rest of my time in Calgary. In total I stopped jogging for 14 days. The day I flew back to Cali, that evening I walked around the park. The next day I started running again, but my body had changed. My lung no longer hurt, my legs were strong, and my lung capacity for air had reached another level.
I started breaking my runs into miles at a time. Each morning I would run 2 miles, walk 1/2 a mile and run 1 1/2 miles until I finished the entire park. At night I went back out to the park and ran 1 mile walked 1/2 a mile, ran another mile, walked 1/2 a mile, and finished off the last mile for a total of 6 1/2 miles of running and 1 1/2 mile of walking for a total distanceof 8 miles of running and walking around the park!
Anyhow, all the jogging, running, walking, weight loss, quitting weed, and quitting smoking cigs, lead up to what I thought I was never going to achieve!
Monday this week after taking Sat and Sun off I decided I was going to go all the way. I ran 4 miles around the whole park and never stopped. I ran 4 straight miles for 5 days straight this week!
Anyway, I weighed myself before my run today and weighed 168lbs, after my four mile run I weighed 166.8 lbs! I am 5'9"
I always had high blood pressure my entire life but at about 130+/88+ But now it gone down to 118/77! I have never weighed less then 185 lbs my entire life, and have always been overweight!
My new goal is to get down to about 155-160lbs, increase my running each week by 1/2 mile until I can run 10 miles straight without stopping!
This is my story, and how I got and will keep in shape!