Sunday, December 02, 2012
In my last blog I posted a new picture my weight loss buddy Lee took last friday. There is a good motivational story behind my relationship with Lee. This deserves a separate blog and so on the day I hit my 70lb weight loss and he hit his 73lb weight loss and his BMI went below 30 I thought I would share the story.
Lee and I used to work together as systems analysts/programmers and AT&T. About 6 years ago before AT&T outsourced our jobs to IBM and then IBM moved our jobs to India I went on a mad dash weight loss journey that took me from about 300lbs down to about where I am now. My method was for the most part 60 minutes at a high rate on my exercise bike each day and I ate a lot of salads. I did not discover strength training until towards the end of my journey. I was successful in the short term, but did not learn real world maintenance techniques and after the outsourcing I abandoned my weight loss journey and went back up to 285lbs.
During my journey I had many discussions with Lee who was heavier than I was and who was not willing to do anything about it. I tried to cajole him into joining me but with no success. Earlier this year Lee and his wife decided to do something about their weight. He also started to nudge me towards joining him. He started with weight watchers and move to myfitnesspall.com and he kept on nudging me to join him. Finally in June I started to casually lose some weight my watching portions and lengthening my dog walks. (One of my dogs needed to lose weight also.)
This meth got me about a 10lb loss in less than 2 months. This final straw was when he weighed less than I did. Lee is an inch taller than I am and when he started was about as active as a post. I realized then that I needed to be more aggressive or eat all of the words I used to encourage him six years ago. I did not think I wanted to track my food. I initially wanted to repeat the method of my last success and in July I went looking for an exercise program to follow. I first looked at Lee;s site MyFitnessPal.com,. As much as I wanted to join him, I just did not see what I wanted on their site to help me with exercise. Fortuantely, the next site I found was SparkPeople. The rest is history.
Lee and I were no on the same journey. Along the way we have both made a concerted effort to stay in touch in e-mail and by phone. He used to do 1.5 hour long walks and we would talk while he walked. We have been very blunt with each other about our obeseness and the impacts of our bad habits. When I was with him on Friday he purchased his first pair of running shoes. He has now run 3 miles in one exercise session. After my nudging he is working gradually in strength training. I demonstrated kettlebells to him in a store while we are out. He still does not see them in his future. Partly because he travels for business.
For nutrition Lee and I have different approaches. He is a low carb person. He is not as low carb as some of the real serious low carbers. He still counts his calories. This is something low carbers usually do not do. I have followed the spark approach of staying with my ranges from carbs, fat and protein. Both methods have worked in that we have now lose a combined 143lbs this year and are both no longer obese. We have had some great philosophical discussions along the way. We respect each others approach and we continue to learn from each other.
Lee is also an active blogger and I would like to share his blog Less of Lee. (See below.) He is a Spark member (LeeBase), but he is not active on the site. He and his wife's success, they now have lost the equivalent of their youngest HS aged daughter, are truly motivational and he has been featured on a couple of national pod casts. I wish every sparker had a Less of Lee in the lives. It would make their journey easier as he has mine.