Sounds dumb, but I really don't know where else to turn. I've tried asking on other fitness places (4chan's /fit/) and just pretty much get called a lazy fat arse, im trying to find some actual constructive help, aside from "GOOGLE IT".
I'm 255 pounds at last weighin (yesterday), 5'9". Body tape around stomach is 47.3" or so. I'm fat, plain and simple. I've been like this for pretty much as long as I can remember. The problem comes with the fact that I'm trying to get into the Army, and they won't even look at me unless im around 220 pounds, 26% body fat. RIght now I'm at like 36+%. I've got no job right now, no school, my week is open and free to be dedicated to working out, problem is that no matter how much I try to work out, I see no progress and it only gets harder and harder each day.
Everyone tells me "Just run." I can't run. My typical workout routine which I do daily is thus: Walk on treadmill at 3.5mph for 5 minutes as a warmup, with a hair bit of stretching my legs beforehand. After my 5 minutes I begin a pace of 60 seconds of jogging at 6.0 mph, then 120 seconds of walking at 3.5. I can keep this up until about the 15 minute mark, when my legs/breathing just get labored to the point all I can do is walk. Someone told me that I should just start running until my legs/chest/everything hurts, then keep running and eventually it would stop hurting. I tried this, and ended up with my legs just about giving out and me almost faceplanting into the treadmill.
If I just get on the treadmill and walk, however, I can walk 45-60 minutes. I was told this is not worth it, and I'm better off just jogging for 15 minutes. It doens't seem very effective though. I tape and weigh myself daily, I see almost no change in my tape and very little change in weight (6 pounds over the last month and a week). After my ineffective cardio, I do sets of 10 pushups until unable to do any more, which is roughly 25 or so pushups, and then sets of 10 situps until failure, which is about 30-40 situps. I've done this for weeks and I don't see any increase in the amount of time I can jog or situps/pushups I can do.
My diet consists usually of a bowl of rice around noon - 1ish with a banana and some crystal light'd water, then dinner time (10-11pm)is usually a chicken +cheese sub from subway and a small bag of baked lays. No other food or snacks throughout the day, just lots of water (2-3 L a day).
I'm really not sure what I'm doing wrong or what I could do different. I had hoped for some sort of website I could plug my stats into, get a calender of "Do this on this day, that on that day" and maybe see results, as opposed to just hobbling along the treadmill every day, doin some situps and pushups and hopin for the best. We've got a 1/4 mile loop of road outside where I live, would it help to jog/walk there instead of the treadmill? Should I get a trainer? I live at a fire station, we've got a gym with treadmill, bike, stairstepper, weight sets, bars, etc. I've asked the guys here for help, and they all talk about making up some sort of plan but no one ever does.
Kinda hoping someone here has some kind of advice. Does the keep running until about the point of hurting and then eventually it'll go away actually work? Should I just assume if I do I'm not going to faceplant? Is it better for me to walk 45-60 minutes watchin a tv show on the television or should I try my jog as much as I can until failure, then stop. 15 minute thing?