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Two Thirds The Man I Used to Be

February 26, 2013
beforeafter

July 2010 vs December 2012

I’ve been putting this post off for a while. I’m not really sure why, but perhaps it’s cause I don’t want to come across as if I’m bragging. I’m really not. Rather, I just want to share one particular aspect of my life that has been slowly changing over the course of the past two years. Long story short, I once maxed out at a weight of 238 lbs. I’m now in the sub-160 area, with my lowest thus far being 158. That’s a loss of roughly a third of my old weight, hence the title of the post.

Now for those of you who are interested in the background, this is where I get verbose, so please excuse me. You see, ever since the end of elementary school, I was overweight. I grew up fairly scrawny but somewhere around 5th grade, I transitioned into chubby territory. There was a gradual continual weight gain until the point where I graduated high school, where I was around 190 at 5′ 7″.

My first couple years of college, I stayed at roughly the same weight – so I completely missed out on the dreaded freshman 15. However, it would strike back with a vengeance my junior year, where my metabolism suddenly quit on me and I gained about 40 lbs – hitting the max weight of just under 240. I would go on to carry that weight throughout the rest of my adulthood.

The thing is, I was never particularly addicted to food, at least not quantity wise. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and when I wanted to eat a lot, I definitely could. But rather, I just didn’t particularly care what I was eating (I had a terrible diet and ate whatever I wanted). I also had a severe lack of exercise, a habit since childhood. Those two things set up a perfect recipe for obesity – and yes, I was obese.

Then came a fateful day in February of 2011 when my friends and I were having dinner, at Whole Foods of all places. We jokingly called ourselves the Fat Four although I was the largest by a decent measure – in fact, two friends were actually rather fit(ish). But we just enjoyed indulging on food and being lazy together – thus our silly nickname. But it was at this dinner when our health came up for discussion. The heavier two of the group (including yours truly) realized that we weren’t getting any younger and could stand to lose a couple pounds. So we set out on a pact to lose 20 lbs each by early June, the wedding day of one of our best friends (a four month period).

Thankfully, we both made our goal… barely. Though something clicked in me and I wanted to keep going. My approach was to slowly change how and what I eat by breaking my old habits and making new ones. Needless to say, this involved a lot of calorie counting as I finally started paying attention to nutrition facts so that I wouldn’t go hungry by consuming empty calories if I wanted to stay under my threshold. The first thing to go was sugary drinks – I was a juiceaholic and OJ was my poison of choice. Then I started cutting out fried foods and going easy on the cheese, etc. When all was said and done, by the end of 2012, I weighed in at the low 190s: a 45 lb drop.

2012 was a continuation of the new diet plan, but I finally added in the element of exercise. Those two combined contributed to me losing another 30 lbs. I can finally say that I’m classified as being “normal weight” for my height (though I’m still at the upper threshold). Believe me, I still enjoy eating out with friends, but I’m just a lot smarter and mindful about it – and I finally understand that what I put into my body, matters.

I guess this is just another part of my life that I’m learning to be a better steward. It’s still a work in progress but I’m so thankful for my health and am slowly starting to realize what a blessing it is to have. The fact that I neglected it for the majority of my young adult life was a silly and irresponsible thing to do – but as with everything else, I’m learning to be so thankful for all the Grace.

Below is a more indicative picture of my transition over the past two years. (Chronological order, L to R)

weight

238 to 158 lbs

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2013 12:14 am

    Massive kudos, mate. See u this weekend

  2. May 21, 2013 3:24 am

    c2a4 [..YouTube..] Thank you! I heard this line in a song somewhere that says if you have a nigmthare, it doesn’t mean you stop dreaming . In the past I always let the set backs discourage me and I slid right back into my old ways. Now I just grit my teeth and become more determined. That’s my personal weight loss motto .. Stay In The Fight . Those of us that are on weight loss journeys, our lives are literally on the line. We have to see this through until the end I thank u for your support!da

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