Wed, 12 Dec 2012, 1:49pm PST
I spent the whole year losing weight, the first time I've committed to such a long-term program.
I started in June 2011 at 233 and today I'm at 176, which is around 65 lbs lower than my all-time peak (~240 which I carried around for most of 2010).
For the year thus far I've averaged 0.5 lbs/week loss, which is 250 kcal/day of caloric shortfall, about two miles' worth of walking.
My end goal isn't a weight per se but fitting in my old college 501s. Still an inch or two away, LOL, so I'm back to my 1997 weight which is when I first "outgrew" these pants. Good thing I kept them, I've got so little left from the 1990s. . .
I got fat 2000-2002 living the good life back in America. My first car, eating 4 meals a day, etc. I went from 230 to 180 in 2004, doing the same eating & exercise plan I'm doing now.
Basically I eat whatever I want but I limit portion size drastically. Drink a lot of water and exercise when I feel like it. 1 oz of smoked almonds and a slice of cheese is my secret weapon to snack to keep my energy up and blood sugar controlled in the afternoon.
Walking got boring so after the belly disappeared I started jogging again. I can jog about a mile now without too much problem, working on getting that back up, too.
Looking at my loss record, I see I've had 13 up-weeks so far this year. Gaining weight isn't a crime, but if you gain one week you should work on losing it the next, and the next, until you do.
That's what I failed at 2005-2006, maintaining. 180, 200, 220, 240 all feel the same to me physically, so it's easy for me to put off the discipline of eating better and staying in shape.