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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 basics...diet 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 food...pizza, 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 70+...now, 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 3 Responses Mar 21, 2010

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Congratulations on your success! That's a huge drop in weight in just three months, especially considering you would have been adding some from your weight training. I hope you are still doing well these days.

I'm doing good. I got down to 214 then backed off the exercise a bit and put a few pounds back on. But I've been maintining a good weight throughout the summer and getting ready to hit it hard for round 2 this fall. I want to get down to about 190 and be able to maintain that weight without living in the gym. :)

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

Im really happy for you. Please keep up your changed habits.And thanks for your comment on my story about sex. Stay tuned for my next one.