I did it - 80 pounds in 18 months!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
After 18 months of hard work, today I reached my final weight goal. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s certainly been worth it – I feel great! I’ve proven I can lose weight, now my focus changes to maintaining my new healthy, active lifestyle.
Then and now:
• Weight; 254 lbs
• BMI; 35.4 (obese)
• Pant size; 40-42
• Fitness; Ran a 5k thought I was going to die when I finished
• Weight; 174.5 (It’s been over 20 years since I weighed this little)
• BMI; 24.3 (normal)
• Pant size; 32-33
• Fitness; recently ran a half marathon in under 2 hours – training for a full marathon.
How I did it:
• I don’t diet or count calories. I just learned to eat better by reducing sweeteners, simple carbs and processed foods.
• I don’t focus on my weight. Instead I worked on fitness and healthy eating. The weight takes care of itself.
• At about one year in I struggled with lack of motivation and a knee injury. I hired a personal trainer who taught me to strength train. This added muscle and variety to my workouts which I found to be extremely beneficial.
• Registered for several organized races. This kept me motivated to train as I knew I had to be ready for the next race.
• A wide variety of exercises (e.g. walking during lunch breaks, kettlebells in the evening while watching TV, workouts at the gym, spinning classes, yoga, running, weight lifting, cycling, etc…)
• I listen to health and fitness podcasts while commuting and during walks.
• Setting weight and fitness goals which allow for the inevitable stumbling blocks (e.g. injuries, plateau, busy schedule, life events, etc…)
• Shared my goals and progress with friends and coworkers. This caused me to feel accountable and helped me resist food temptations during social events.
• Rewarded myself with new clothes along the way. It’s very motivating to fit into new, smaller sizes.
• Learned patience. Rapid weight loss doesn’t last. I didn’t get heavy overnight – slow and steady weight-loss is the key to lasting success.
I plan to continue logging my weight and fitness on SP and checking in on my friends. Thanks for all the great support. Remember If I can do it, so can you. Keep up the great work!