Jun 22, 2018 So, I've been obese for the last 10 years. I was 340lbs at my heaviest back in in February. I was hit by a drunk driver back in 2007 and it completely destroyed me. I spent almost 2 years recovering - and during that time I was extremely depressed and struggling with anxiety issues. I started eating to cope with all of it. I've never been through something like that before. I let it get out of control, and instead of looking for help, I shut everyone out and spiraled really hard. Eventually it got to the point where I was starting to lose mobility. I decided I had enough when I realized that my 4x shirt was fitting too tight and was forced to find a place that sold 5x clothing. F-ck that! I'm done feeling helpless and want to do something to get control of my life back. I've managed to lose 70lbs since February. I've been reading some threads around here and really like the atmosphere so I thought I would go ahead and start a journal. Mostly because it would be nice to have some accountability, but also because I'd like to document my progress. This seems like the right place to do that. After spending a couple months educating myself about macros, portion control, different diets, what kind of exercise is best for my goals etc - I figured that the more simple I could keep it the easier it would be to stay engaged. I figured just doing some basic compound movements with progressive overload on top of some light steady state cardio would be enough to get me where I want to be. The plan is to keep as much muscle as I can during the cut and if at all possible make some gains in strength/mass. Here's my current info: Male Age: 33 Height: 5 11 Weight: 271 (down from 340 in Feb.) Goal Weight: 190 BMR: 2200 TDEE: 2780 Current Deficit: 700kcal Daily Cardio: 600kcal Macros: 183/70/183 I've managed to get the diet aspect pretty well squared away. As far as I can tell at least. I lost close to 40 pounds in the first month alone. I'm usually well over on protein, even on fats, under on carbs. My sodium is through the roof, though, so I try to drink about a gallon of water every 24 hours. I'm feeling full enough throughout the day (still having some cravings), but as long as I get enough sleep, I have enough energy to do a 3 mile walk every morning. That takes about an hour. I also bought myself a pair of dumbbells and have been following a basic routine every other day for the past month. It looks like this: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, Tue, Thurs, Sat -4 sets of 8 - Goblet Squat Bench Press Bent-Over Row Overhead Press Straight Legged Dead Lift Alternating Curls Calf Raises 10 minutes of static stretching So for the journal I'll be documenting my: - weekly weigh ins - calories - daily activities - energy levels - quality of sleep - lifting progress - random thoughts I'll do my best to post some progress pictures and try to take a fresh one every couple weeks. So far I've lost 70lbs! My goal is to lose the rest by January - February of next year. It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm 100% committed to get this done. This whole thing will be a learning experience for me, and I want it to be a lifestyle change, not just some quick fix, so any constructive criticism or feedback is welcome and will be much appreciated.