Monday, May 12, 2014

Seven Years...

Roughly seven years ago, might have been today or thereabouts (I don't remember the exact date), I hit my goal weight. After, literally, a lifetime overweight, I stepped on the scale and saw a healthy weight for my size and frame. For a year and a half I very carefully watched what I ate and changed my diet to both eat less, but also better food.

I went from a high over 300 pounds to my goal weight of 175 pounds in a year and a half. At first it was accomplished through diet alone, which took me to my first weight below 200 pounds in my adult life. Gradually I phased in exercise, because, well, that's what you're supposed to do, right?

Exercise has fallen off in recent years (although I am WAY more active now than I was, say, 10 years ago), but I'm still within 10 pounds of my goal weight (six and a half as of this past weekend, FWIW). It's been a long and difficult journey, but I see it paying dividends frequently - TheBoy has adapted his eating to include healthier snack foods, and asks my advice from time to time.

Skipping the birthday cake at work or ordering a more healthy entree at a restaurant isn't easy, that's for sure. There's times where I would love nothing more than going into a Five Guys and getting a bacon cheeseburger piled high with all the trimmings and a big honkin' boat of fries. But having been off blood pressure medication for over seven years helps keep me on track.

It can be done. It takes a crapton of work, even more willpower, and you've got to stick with it. Seven years later (eight and a half, if you consider my starting point), I still count calories every single day. No exceptions. I'll still go out and have pizza with friends from time to time, but it's far less frequent now, and I'll stick to one or two pieces, rather than four or five.

It's a matter of mind over matter - and what you put in your piehole really does matter...

That is all.

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Dave H said...

You're an inspiration, Jay. I need to pull off a similar miracle, but I'm not sure I have the will for it.

About how many calories a day were you eating then?

Brad_in_MA said...


I got started on a lifetime wellness program about five months ago. I've radically changed what I eat, how I eat and how much I eat. I'm also on my treadmill up to six times a week for more than an hour a session. I "cheat" now and then, occasionally "feeding the soul" but generally stick to my plan. I'm down nearly 20 pounds. My wife is happy with me, my doctor is fully supportive of my actions, and friends who haven't seen me in a while comment on the change. I also bought a six position leather punch so I can punch some more holes in my belts. Even at the tightest point, some of my pants fall off my waist. I'm also wearing shirts that I haven't worn in more than five years. And best of all, I require less sleep, have more energy and "stamina" and overall feel stronger. The one negative is that I have to think about walking slower when I'm with my wife. My walking pace has increased and I have to think about slowing down so I don't zip ahead of my wife.

Dave, you CAN do this. You just have to come to the "enough is enough point" and make wellness a higher priority than a double bacon cheeseburger with chili fries and a shake.

And while I'm on the topic, I've got to give double mad props to Jay -- (1) taking off the weight and keeping it off (2) quitting the evil-demon weed, aka tobacco.

[steps down from high horse]

- Brad

abnormalist said...

kudos to you sir. Its not an easy journey.

About 10 months back when kid #3 came around, I realized my weight was on a fast path up. my activity level had dropped (as it can with three kids) and my eating habits were horrible.

I went pretty drastic, I went 21 days on 1200 calories ( for a 240-250lb 6' guy thats pretty d@mn drastic) for 21 days, then up to 1500 after that.
I'm in the 1800 range now with two gym trips at least per week. I stronger, fitter, and MUCH leaner. I doubt I will ever be my "healthy" BMI as my structure wont allow it, but I'm able to run 5+ miles, and do about 40 chin ups in sets of 10

I'll take that over a "healthy bmi" :-)

My observations though.
1. who ever said nothing ever tastes as good as being skinny feels had to have been a horrible cook.

2. I dont really FEEL my energy level being higher, but I'm told it is often

2. when asked "how do you feel now?" people dont want to hear "hungry, grumpy cause I'm hungry, sore and tired cause I've been working out, and grumpy cause I'm sore and tired". They expect it to all be happiness, flower pedals, and unicorn farts.

3. kids make great dumbbells. no realy, doing one handed curls with 70lb kids is great fun for them, and great exercise for you. Pushups with two or three of em on your back work well too :-)

4. all the motivation I need right now to not go back to my old ways is how hard it was to get away from them originally. I dont want to do that again :-)

Dave H said...

Thanks for the advice guys. Doing curls with my kids probably isn't practical though. My youngest is 18 and 5 inches taller than I am. All of my kids are too big for corporal punishment, but I'm still the master of psych warfare in my family.

Hunter said...

Good job, Jay. I started down the same path in Jan '13. Started at 297# on a 6' frame. Diet first, CrossFit in March. I'm down to 245, resting heart rate of 54, BP is right, and I can happily enjoy a cheat meal (or bread for that matter)as desired.
I'm in better shape now then when I retired from the Army fifteen years ago (an admittedly low bar). Heck, I just bought a pair of 38" waist pants for the first time since my junior year of high school.
Bread, cheese, grains, and sugars, the building blocks of a fat butt and saggy waistline.
And Dave, all the calorie counting in the world, all the exercising possible, they only work with will power, perhaps the hardest-to-find ingredient in the world.

Dave H said...

"they only work with will power, perhaps the hardest-to-find ingredient in the world."

Hunter: Don't I know it! I've started down this path a dozen times and gave up just as many times. My motivation went away years ago. But I'll keep trying.

Thanks folks!

Anonymous said...

I think loosing weight is not that hard. Loosing the weight and keeping it off is much more difficult.

Well done!


Ken O said...

Congratulations. I would love to know more about how you achieved this.

Will said...

Sometimes the reason someone has trouble losing weight, and keeping it off, is psychological.

For example: Had a roommate, 6'6", 370+ lbs. His idea of a midnite snack was a large steak, a lobster, at least one stuffed potato, and more.

He decided to lose some weight. Mostly ate Subway sandwiches. Lost 100 lbs. Bought some clothes to fit, but was aiming to lose another 70 lbs, IIRC.

Girls at work started to comment on how good he was looking.<----> He quit the diet and ballooned right back up.

mikee said...

Thanks, I have been putting off losing my flab for about as long as you've been at your goal weight - way longer than I should have put it off.

Starting now. Will report back when results warrant a comment.