Here's my story: Back in 2002, I weighed 120-125 pounds and was in good shape. I didn't do any special exercise or dieting, either. But something happened in that year that caused me to gain 30 pounds without any appreciable changes in diet or habit. My doctor says I was just getting old (I was 35). Maybe it was the SlimFasts I was drinking instead of meals that summer because it was too hot to eat. Whatever, it came on and would not come off. I did try dieting at that time, but with no luck. I had every medical test under the sun--finally sparking the "You're just old" comment. I went to a naturopath. Nothing worked. I gave up and settled in with my new size, and gained another 20+ pounds over the decade.
|This is me on Jan 25, 2013|
I'm not dieting. It does not work for me, and I don't have that kind of discipline. Instead, I've cut sodas, desserts, and fast food drastically, and started exercising 5-6 days a week. I also drink a gallon of water a day. Two weeks of this past eight, Rob was home on mid-tour leave with the goal of hitting every restaurant and fast food place he's missed for eight months. Even with looking at the low-cal options, I was taking in way more calories, sodas, and sweets than I had even before I started this regime. However, if I can't have a little backsliding, then this is not the lifestyle for me. The only thing I'm staying faithful on is the exercise program.
In the end, I'm pretty happy with the results of the past eight weeks. I lost body fat, nine pounds, and a couple of inches in the waist. Some places where I increased inches, I'm seeing muscle instead of wobbly fat, so I don't mind. Nine pounds is about a pound a week, which is what they say is healthy weight loss for a long run.
|weight||169||160||9 lb dec|
|body fat||38.5||36.6||1.9 dec|
Here's my photos from yesterday.
|You can actually see some definition in my arms. Funny thing is, since I started exercising, I don't have nearly as much trouble with carpal tunnel, either.|
|Please note that I am not posing or sucking in my gut or doing any of those photo tricks to make myself look better. I'm also using the same shirt. The idea is to see my progress in an everyday manner.|
I post these because I think that the media--from advertising to talk shows--puts a lot of emphasis on quick and extreme results. So tell me: does this inspire (or reassure) any of you in your own weight loss efforts? What are you doing to have a healthier you this year?