Three years ago, the first week of August, I had reached my highest weight in years. It was a slow climb, but I had reached 201 pounds (91 Kg). I had completed a dozen triathlons and biking events in the previous year, but was still overweight. I was not at all happy with how I looked or how I felt.
I decided to change my habits: eat better, snack less, and take natural supplements as recommended by my doctor (D, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, that sort of thing).
The Accident messed up those plans in a major way!
Over the next year and a half, my weight bounced all over the place, as did my emotions. I tried every once in a while to lose, but the pounds came back plus more. I gave up until I was in a more emotionally stable place.
This past year I have been working on losing weight. I’ve been drinking water instead of sodas (most of the time), eating healthier, and snacking less. As of today, I have dropped more than thirty pounds! My scales showed 170.0 pounds (77 Kg) today!
For my British readers: I’ve gone from 14.35 stones to 12.14 stones.
I did it not with a “super drink” or “power shake”. I did not make major, unbearable changes in my diet. I did it by:
- drinking lots of water and avoiding sodas
- making small changes like smaller portion sizes and ordering salads with the dressing on the side and with no cheese
- eating fewer fried foods and avoiding fast food
- snacking on fruit instead of chips and chocolate in the car on road trips
- reading menus in restaurants and looking for lower calorie/lower fat options instead of going back to my “usual” entrée. For example, I now order the grilled chicken wrap with a side of fruit at Chick-fil-A instead of a chicken sandwich and waffle fries
- taking walks and riding my bike
I still enjoy ice cream. I still have a Dr. Pepper every once in a while. We still go out to eat (it’s hard not to when traveling like we have.) I have not deprived myself of good food and periodic treats.
Weight loss is not impossible. I am not at my goal weight yet, but I am headed in the right direction. And the changes I have made over the past year will help me get there.
Here is a picture of me with my siblings the day of the memorial service. You can see my size clearly in my face.
These pictures are from today. 170 pounds. Yes, I still have more than a few to go, but I’m excited about my progress. I have made.