So I made a post about this previously, but only recently did I find gainful (even if it is seasonal) employment, so I can now afford the 10 dollars/MO for a gym.

Where should I even start? My goal currently isn't even just to lose weight, it's to get acclimated to being physically active after a long period of battling depression. I've been told I'm never going to be under 200, and I really don't care about my weight, just my body comp. That being said, I'm currently 390-393 (at a 6.5 foot height), and I've been in pretty much complete stasis with this weight for 2 years, no significant gain or loss. I've been not eating much these past few years, and I can only assume that's the only reason I'm not immobily fat.

The routine I had before (and which I am intending to pick up again) was to do about 20-30 minutes of cardio before moving on to my actual workout (either upper-body or leg day, alternating). This was the workout I had the most success with in the past, and I'm obviously not expecting to go back after all this time and be where I was before. That being said, I was hoping for you folks to give me some feedback, tell me what worked and didn't work for you in respect to burning fat/gaining muscle. My current state of mind is that I'd rather be healthy than light, and as a result I care more about how I FEEL than how I WEIGH.

And beyond that, I want to start propagating a mindset NOW that will aid me years from now when I'm healthy and looking to keep it up. What are some habits or little things I can start doing now to make healthy eating and acting second nature long-term?

I've said in previous posts that by the time 5 years have passed, I want to be able to pass the physical entry exam for the US Army Rangers, even if I don't intend to join. I just wanted to be able to say I could have physically done that test if I wanted. That still holds true, though I realize now this is a state of mind more than anything. Any advice helps.

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I'm not a fan of gyms.  I have a weight bench in the basement and I do all my cardio outside, even in the winter in Salt Lake City.  To me going to the gym is a chore.  It's much more motivating to put on a pair of snowshoes and see how fast I can get to the top of the small mountain behind my house.

Grab an ax and go chop a bunch of wood.  Run stadium steps.  Push your car on level ground.  Or just take a long, brisk walk in a place that you enjoy.

The more you enjoy it, the more likely you will stick with it.

I never got the obsession with going to a gym to get fit

You have all you need to get fit and very strong already

Get your ass down and do push ups, squats lunges, pull ups hand stand presses etc the variations and difficulty levels are endless

get outside and sprint up hills

save that monthly gym membership cost and do it the old fashioned way 


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