What’s happened the past several months has been a small lifestyle shift. I’ve been a heavy dude for the past several years. There have been fits and starts with jogging and such. About 2-3 years ago I said the heck with it. That I was going to be fine with my body and live my life as is. Which was a good first step, in retrospect.
Let’s not bury the lede – I’ve lost over 40 pounds since July, and they are slowly coming off. I’ve trained up to a 5k. It’s been great. Really great.
Aside from feeling better about how I look, there are other strengths. Once I dropped a few pounds I could feel it – I felt lighter. Lightness makes it easier to move, which makes it easier to lose more. There’s a cycle there. More energy in general has been available. More disgustingly, my bowel movements have been better. More regular, and cleaner.
So, you know, that’s cool.
I didn’t do any fancy tricks or diets or anything like that. It wasn’t even that strong of a feeling. My mental shift came around 278, when I realized how close to 280 I was. 250 had been hard enough, 275 had me feeling low, but that was a final straw.
I started very simply with walking and food tracking. The Food Tracking via My Fitness Pal was key. It was strict for the first few months (I don’t do it as much now) but it kept me very mindful of what I was eating, and also how much. This helped end the snacking – the evening binging at the fridge I’d been doing.
Walking was big as well – making sure I was moving. I did buy a FitBit and I have been strict as can be to hit 10,000 steps a day. There have been a few, but it’s been especially good since I bumped it up to 12,000. And that was really it.
Limiting my calorie intake. Making sure I was walking a lot.
If I’d done nothing else, I still think I’d be on my way down. However, once I dropped and felt better, I started the couch to 5k program and recently finished a 5k race. It was a struggle. I had to fight for some of those practice runs, had to run late in the evening. There were days I had to get up very early. But I did it – and I’m lucky that I could.
But it all came down to putting in the time, and tracking my food. No tricks, no weird diet beverages. Just straight discipline.
It also wasn’t only about losing weight – it is about being fit overall. I’ve still got more fitness to go, but this was a big mind shift.
Anyway, that’s it for today.