I am a 17 year old guy who has lost his shape this fall and just wants to lose some weight and get back into shape. I have played soccer for the last 14 years but this semester after starting college I have been to bussy with work and school to do anything but gain weight. I am currently 6'0" and I weigh 200lbs and I would say I am probably 20lbs away from where I want to be. You might say that at 200lbs I am quite obese but I am a pretty wide person so it doesnt seem like that on me.
Now, my main problem is trying to motivate myself into excercising. I keep trying but always get out of my schedule and can't keep it up. I have though started to try and cut my meals in half in order to let me lose some weight by consuming less calories. Another thing that has saved me from being even more overweight is that I never set my self on drinking pop and I have consumed nothing but water for the last couple of years.
So what do you think I could do to reach my goal of losing 20 lbs lets say by the end of the winter.
One more thing, I will soon gradually start playing soccer again in a indoor league which will help some.
It's pretty common for people to gain some unwanted pounds when they go off to college. Mostly this is a result of poor eating habits.
You sound like you're on top of it though. Certainly cutting the portion size down will be of help to you, and the fact that you don't drink pop is a big plus.
You'll want to look at other bad habits and stiffle them as well, like junk food. Concentrate on trying to eat as much healthy, whole food as you can, and avoiding all the chips and cookies and crap that come with college.
Walking is really pretty good for weight loss, but soccer is going to be the thing that works for you, since it's the thing you LIKE.
Have you ever tried any weight lifting? I was never very motivated to do any real exercise until I fell in love with lifting weights, and I believe it had a LOT to do with getting me back into good physical condition a few years ago. And I would think that lifting could even benefit your soccer.
Right now, I've been off lifting for a while and I really notice how my motivation for other exercise has flagged since being unable to lift. If you are not currently doing some kind of lifting, you might want to check out the weight room at your school. Even adding just a couple of days a week, an hour on a full body routine, could make a big difference.
If you don't think you can manage THAT, you can do a lot of work using your own bodyweight, like ab work, pushups, pullups, dips.
I always find plenty of motivation by just stripping off my clothes and looking at my naked form in the mirror! Nothing like all that jiggly flab to send me to the mats!
dian in spokane