My Weight Loss Journey

I know I haven’t posted much about programming recently, and I’ll try to correct that soon. I have some interesting new Cake Components to show off. But I felt that today I needed to talk about my weight loss. As many of you are aware, I’ve been working on losing weight this year. When I started, I wasn’t sure how it would go, since I’ve tried before and never done terribly well. This time is different.

It’s been just over 2 months since I started actually losing any significant weight. I started working out and tracking my weight in late December, but not much happened as far as weight went until the beginning of February. Since then, it’s been almost nothing but heading down. At my peak, I weighed 309 pounds. As of this morning, I weigh 290. That’s 19 pounds lost in a little over two months. That’s amazing, even to me, and I’m the one doing it.

My goal is 210 pounds, or thereabouts. My actual goal is 12% body fat, so I’ll refine my goal as I get closer, since my muscle mass is going to be changing as I work out. At my conservative goal of 1.5 pounds a week (which I’m handily beating right now), I’ll reach my goal sometime around May of 2011. That’s still over a year away, but that’s just fine by me.

How have I managed to do it? Well, I wish I could say there was some secret supplement I was taking, or that it was easy. But I can’t. However, I can tell you it’s simple. I’ve changed only two things in my life, to speak of.

  1. Started exercising, with the help of a personal trainer. I’m going at least 3 times a week, plus extra activities like bowling league and golf. (Both count as light to medium cardio)
  2. Eat better and less. I try to order smaller portions if possible, and I try and pick items that have more vegetables an less fat or processed sugars.
  3. Track my weight. This isn’t a change so much as an addition, but I track my weight daily using a tool that lets me see a smoothed average that eliminates the daily fluctuations from the number so that I don’t get discouraged by days when my weight goes up temporarily.

With those three items, I’ve turned my life around, and I’m feeling a lot better already even though I’ve only dropped 20% of the weight I need to lose. I can’t wait to see how I feel in another 6 months or so, when I’m down around 250. I haven’t been there in over 7 years at least.

I want to make sure I thank my friends and family for being so supportive and encouraging during this time. It really does make a difference, and I can’t thank you enough. You’re helping me change my life, and I’ll never be able to repay that debt.

If you’re interested in the tool I’m using to track my weight, you can find out more about it at where I’ve been developing it. For details of the methodology I based it on, check out The Hacker’s Diet by John Walker (No relation). It seems to be offline for the moment, but I expect it will be online again shortly.

Again, thank you everyone for your support, and I’ll see you again soon, hopefully with something more related to programming. 🙂

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