Monday, July 15, 2013
11 months into Fit by 40, and I've lost 120 lbs. I am currently trying to maintain my weight to allow the elasticity of my skin to catch up. No loose skin yet, but I can see where there would be some potential. I am replacing my cardio with lifting weights. I have seen some great increases in toning and muscle definition within the last month. The attached picture is a comparison of July 08 (9th and 10th),2012 with July 08,2013.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I realize I haven't blogged for a while. This weekend I completed the Warrior Dash in Amity, AR. As of the Dash I am down about 117 lbs. I had a great time, and feel like a whole new person. I am at a point where I will need to start slowing down on weight loss in order to firm up a bit. No loose skin yet, but I can see the potential. I am still planning on being around 15% body fat by my 40th birthday. Right now I am probably hovering close to 23%. I figure I was cloer to about 45% or so when I started this journey. I am incredibly proud of how far I have come. This time last year I would not have thought about something like the Warrior Dash. now we are already making tentative plans to do it again next year. Maybe even add in a Spartan Race and a Tough Mudder!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I constantly get a flood of emails into my inbox for various new diets or weight loss tips as a result of signing up to different weight loss related websites. The latest one I received was for a completely wheat free diet. In addition to grains, it wants you to completely cut out legumes and dairy as well. The principle being that these foods are higher on the glycemic index.
Do diets like this they work? I imagine that they do. My problem, however, with any diet, is that diets often involve just temporary shifts in your eating habits. What happens when you reach your target weight, and go back to "regular" eating? My wife and I are by no means weight loss experts. We slip up every once in a while and our methods may not be the most sound, but we have but we have managed some real progress with them.
And what does that consist of? Cooking from scratch (staying away from boxed or prepared meals as much as possible; although we are starting to see better options in this arena, just REALLY high in sodium), reading labels so that we are making better choices on what to eat, eating whole grains, staying away from highly processed foods, and sticking to proper servings sizes. That's it. Nothing magical. We still eat burgers, and pizza, and chips. We just don't let them become the bulk of what we eat, and when we do eat out, we normally stick to kid portions, "lunch" portions or dollar menu items. Not only are we saving calories, but we are saving a ton of money as well.
The point being, when we go into maintenance stage, we won't be reintroducing these items into our diet. They have been there. However, we will also not be returning to our old ways of eating. We have learned to make good choices, know what a portion looks like, understand proper daily calorie and fat intakes, and can make good decisions based off of this knowledge. We may be able to eat a little more than we are now, just not going from eating a a cheese burger now to eating a monster, jumbo, ultra burger with King Kong sized sides then.
I really credit the "Eat This, Not That" books as being our introduction to reading labels and making smarter food choices. They have a great Restaurant Guide and the Supermarket Survival Guide. I also credit Spark People as helping me learn what my proper daily intakes look like. Apps like "MapMyFitness" have also been a great way to track exercise and calorie burn.
If you really want to lose weight, then make it happen, but be weary of how you choose to do so. Make sure that the methods you choose are something you can not only stick by, but also maintain after you have hit your weight loss goal. If you find it helpful to stick with pre-packaged serving sizes as you start out, go for it. They really helped me! However, learn about proper nutrition and serving sizes so that you are eventually able to phase them out with your own cooking. Learn to read labels, and learn what limits you should be staying within. As cliche as it sounds, making staying healthy into a "lifestyle change" is going to work for you better than a temporary diet ever will.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Difference of 100 lbs. March 10,2013 at 240 lbs vs 8 months ago on July 10, 2012 at 340 lbs.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Weight - 245 lbs - change of 95 lbs total
Stomach - 46.5 inches - change of .5"
Waist - 41 inches - change of 1 "
Thigh - 26 inches - change of .5"
Arm - 14.5 inches - no change
Neck - 16 inches - change of .5"
I have officially hit the 6 month mark. I am actually at 6 months 11 days today since I started Fit by 40 back on 08/12/2012. My measurements on that date were as follows:
Weight - 340 lbs - now at 245 - change of 95 lbs
Stomach - 54.5 inches - now at 46.5 inches - change of 8 inches
Waist - 50.5 inches - now at 41 inches - change of 9.5 inches
Thigh - 31 inches - now at 26 inches - change of 5 inches
Arm - 18 inches - now at 14.5 inches - change of 3.5 inches
Neck - 18 inches - now at 16 inches - change of 2 inches
Those are some significant changes for 6 and a half months! Not only to my weight, but also to my lifestyle! I am working out an average of 45 minutes, 5 days a week; I'm eating better; and splurge days are down to a minimum. They still occur mind you, but not with the frequency or the intensity that they once did.
This past week has been a pretty big one as well. While I have been out of the gym with an injured right knee since last Wednesday, I have still managed to lose a few lbs. I have also, officially signed up for the Warrior Dash for May 11, 2013 being held in Amity, AR. That should really help keep the intensity of my workouts up since I want to be in the best shape that I can be for the Dash. Both for performance and to minimize injury. As part of the Dash, I am proud to say that I am getting trying to get people to sponsor my race in order to benefit St. Jude. My website is http://www.stjudewarriors.org/bigwillie . My personal goal is to have lost at least 120 lbs total by the time of the Dash, and to raise $10 per lb lost for the kiddos at St. Jude. That means I am trying to raise $1200! The first 3 days have been pretty great! We have already managed to raise $110. Not quite 10% of my goal, but getting there!
I am hoping to be back in the gym, at the latest, as early as next week. I have been wearing a knee brace for the past several days. I would normally go hiking tomorrow. I guess we'll just see where I am at tomorrow morning.
Best of luck to every one else on a weight loss journey! This time next month I will be proud to report that I have entered the exclusive 100 lb club in weight loss. Pictures to follow next month.
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