Six Months Ago!

Six months ago I was 236lbs, and at that time if you tell me that I’ll lose 10lbs I’d tell you right away without thinking twice-ARE YOU KIDDING?! ME LOSE TEN POUNDS. IMPOSSIBLE. I LOVE TO EAT! NEVER MIND GOING ON A DIET!- But still I went into Fitness First not because I wanted to lose weight but because when I went to Singapore the 60ish grandmother who was with me was obviously healthier.
So there I was inquiring about the different packages with the sole purpose of building my endurance. I decided to get myself a trainer, and the first thing he asked me is what is my goal. It took me awhile to answer because I don’t really have a goal then and although my sole purpose was to build my endurance I just told him an answer that I thought he would like. I told him I just want to get fit. And by fit I don’t mean thinner because I never thought I could really lose weight.
He measured my height and weighted me. That’s when I found out that I’m Type 2 Obese, and just a few pounds short to getting the highest level of obesity, which is Type 3. He told me I needed to lose 43% of my total body weight. That’s’ when he told me my ideal weight is 165 lbs and explained the weight of the skin which is why I came up with the 168lbs.
Nevertheless, I started exercising, and after about 3 sessions, when my trainer is absolutely sure I understand how difficult it is for me to burn 300 calories with the Rotex machine, that’s when he told me that for me to lose a pound of fat I’d need to burn 3,500 calories a week. Do the math…300 calories multiplied by 7 days is only 2,100 calories and 300 was really difficult to accomplish then! That made it; it really started me getting me into a serious diet.
Fast-forward 6 months. I now lost 25lbs and several inches. Now, I’ve set the goal to really lose weight. I’ve been congratulated and ‘praised’ by friends for losing a lot of weight, but the truth is the journey was not easy, and I still have to go through the long journey of losing 44 pounds more.
You’d say you could do that you’ve lost 25lbs already. Yes, I think I can lose the 44lbs but the question is how long? Will I not give up before I reach my ideal weight? There are times that I’d lose 5lbs a week but gain the same amount a weight the week after. There are times that I just want to quit and there are times that I just thought I could no longer go on. There are more times when I slide back and eat all the bad food that I used to eat. So you see, Project 168 is really a journey. It’s possible to finish this journey but how long or whether I will is the question.


About jefftan168

Numbers does not rule my life. But if there’s a number that may play a big influence in my life that is 168. You see, about six months ago, when I went into a gym and had a weigh in and body mass index reading, I found out that I was already type 2 obese, and if I’m not mistaken there are only 3 types. In fact, I need to shed about 43% of my total body weight. I’m 5’5 and my ideal weight would be 165lbs, but according to my trainer since I’ve already accumulated so much skin by stretching it too much because of my fats it’s ok to just settle with 168lbs to 170lbs. (Internal monologue at that time was 5lbs of skin!) That’s’ the reason why I’m calling this blog Project 168 because that’s my ultimate weight goal. However, being a Chinese Buddhist and a believer of Feng Shui, 168 is also considered as a celestial number that is suppose to be really lucky. Thus Project 168 also refers to my quest to have a good happy life and to be a good student of Chinese Buddhism. A word of caution though, growing up, my parents firmly believed that the next super language is not English but Chinese. Thus special focus was given for me to learn Mandarin, in fact, I was send to Taiwan on summers to further learn the language. The big disadvantage is that I’ve such a poor commando of the English language that surely you’ll see some grammatical errors in every post. However, I still decided to write this blog in English to be able to share this with people who are also trying to lose weight and who are like me are in a quest to constantly live a good life. This blog is not me talking to the world but its me sharing my experience to whoever would want to read this so that it might help them, and more important than that people might want to share with me also their experience that it might help in my quest to lose weight and also to constantly have a good life.
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