Monday, May 24, 2010
I believe that the first 2 weeks were critical to seeing myself as at a point where the slow accumulation over about 30 years needed to be reversed. Rapidly approaching the medicare age, beginning to receive correspondence about the options available, with a son to be married in september and the tape measure saying I needed not XL but XXL or XXXL sizes. For the first time, it was clear to me just how far I had slipped and accepted it over the decades.
My initial commitment was to an exercise program including walking and weight lifting-6 days per week, ballroom dancing 2 days a week plus modifying my diet.
So those were the two immediate driving forces for me-to be presentable at my son's upcoming wedding and to be able to dance for the next 20 years.
Although my commitment was strong, I did not initially commit to losing 35 pounds. I expected to drop into the 220's, fit into my existing overstuffed wardrobe and continue on.
Based on the daily exercise increase and a slight diet modification, I began dropping about a pound a week.
The second trigger point, for me, was the discovery of the iphone sparkpeople app which led to the nutrition tracker and immersion into the sparkpeople community. Even though my wife is a lifetime weightwatchers follower, it never really made the difference for me. I could lose a few pounds by dieting along with her, but then gain a few plus back over time, always trending higher.
Using the nutrition tracker, it became abundantly clear that simple substitutes could make all the difference.
Reading a few articles, being inspired by the success of others, all contributed to my continuing commitment and a goal of 210 pounds instead of stopping at 225 or so.
For me, there are the two critical 2 week periods that have led to a lifestyle change, not simply a diet to lose a few pounds. The first 2 weeks in june that was my recognition of where I was and that it was time for a course correction. The second 2 week period was in september when I began seriously using the nutrition tracker and the sparkpeople website.
I reached my goal of 210 in january and have stayed in a range between 212-216 since. I continue to track daily and accumulate sparkpoints.
This is the weight range I enjoyed in my 30's when I was playing basketball, tennis and raising kids.
My next goal is to drop below this plateau on the way to a BMI around 25-26.