Back To Basics

I've battled with weight for most of my adult life.  I have tried several fad diets in the hope that I could somehow become slim and trim without much effort.  The problem with fad diets is the quick weight loss realized is re-gained just as quickly when I go off the diet.  That is because I always go back to my old eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.

What I have discovered is that nothing works like getting back to and exercise.  I'm 6' 1' and weighed in at 295 last Christmas.  I stepped out of the shower, looked in the mirror and hated what I saw.  At that moment, I decided to quit cheating myself and do something about it.

I stopped eating fast, burgers, fries, etc...and started eating fresh fruits and vegatables.  I cut way back on the carbs and increased my intake of protein.  Next, I joined a gym.  Now, I work out six to seven days per week for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours per day.  I break up  the workouts  between cardio, weight training and attending various exercise classes to keep things interesting....kick boxing, spinning, toning, etc.

It's been three months and I now weigh 235.  As a result, I have been able to quit taking my blood pressure medication.  My 'at rest' heart rate used to be, it is 50.  I feel good and have a lot more energy.  Most importantly, I'm liking what I see in the mirror.

Be advised.  It has been a little expensive in the clothing department.  I've dropped from a 42" waist to a 36" and my shirts have gone from a XXL to XL and in some cases a large. Since I have an ultimate weight loss goal of 200 pounds or less by July, I don't want to buy too many clothes at my current weight.  In the meantime, I take the money I would have spent at the fast food joints and use it for new clothes.  It's a nice problem to have.

pvnut pvnut
56-60, M
1 Response Mar 21, 2010

thats a fabulous achievement well done,it sounds as if changed your way of thinking as well which is the most important thing,good luck with getting to your goal weight