I didn’t disappear from the weight loss universe. Time just got away from me.
Fortunately, some weight “got away” from me, too, because I continued my healthy eating routine and threw in a little exercise to boot (my booty..ha ha!).
I guess it’s true what they say. Eating less and exercising more is the MAGIC FORMULA for weight loss. Who knew?
Okay, let’s be real. A lot of people know. However, for the 35.7% of US adults who join me in being obese, it’s much more complicated. Many of us have dysfunctional relationships with food and loath exercising.
For me, impulsive and compulsive eating combined with no (not limited – NO – NIL – NADA) activity beyond walking around the house and to/from my car wasn’t working. I didn’t have any major health issues, but I knew I was pushing my luck. Decent genes can only save you for so long. I faced diabetes, heart disease, and more dangerous health issues that would likely lead to an early demise.
Let’s not sugarcoat it. It was a slower-than-average suicide mission.
Mission Aborted. Flash Forward to Happier Days
After applying the “magic formula” for the last 10 months, I’m confident that anyone who wants to lose weight can be successful. If I can do it, anyone can. But there’s no shortcut.
I know it’s tough to end a love affair with junk-food. It’s even more challenging to think of exercise as anything less than punishment. But, with some willpower and a commitment to end bad habits and start good ones, you can lead a healthier life.
ICK! I sound like an unctuous used car salesman (redundant?) or one of those annoying self-help shysters shilling books and snakeoil. Thus ends the overly saccharine cheerleader section of my post…
Eat Less + Move More = Weight Loss
There it is again. That not-so-magic formula. And I have some proof of its effectiveness. Here are my stats year-to-date (date / # lbs. lost since last weigh-in / # lbs. lost total):
- 12/30/11 => (5.5) / (80.0)
- 01/09/12 => (5.5) / (85.5)
- 01/26/12 => (4.0) / (89.5)
- 02/09/12 => (2.5) / (92.0)
- 02/27/12 => (6.0) / (98.0)
- 03/12/12 => (4.5) / (102.5) <=Reached 100 lbs on my b-day. Best gift EVER!
- 03/27/12 => (4.5) / (107.0)
- 04/09/12 => (4.5) / (111.5)
I certainly haven’t done this by myself. I have the support of family and friends (critical!) and I participate in the Lahey Clinic’s Medical Weight Loss Center program. Dr Theresa Piotrowski and her team offer an effective combination of structure and support. They don’t do they work for you – no one but you can stop putting food in your mouth – but they certainly provide a lot of resources (love the BIA scale!) and accountability that contribute to your success.
It hasn’t been easy to get this far, but it definitely hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. Honestly, I didn’t think it was possible to make this much progress this quickly. I was too fat, too lazy, and too old to change my habits without great trauma (and drama!). That’s why my original goal was to lose 50 pounds a year for each of the next five years. Well, I guess you can teach a middle-aged dog new tricks.
There are still many miles to go before I reach my ultimate weight destination and the next 12 months will likely be more challenging than the last 10+ months. But, even though there may be more ups and downs, I believe I can meet my 50 pound goal for the year.
Thanks for your support. Hope you stick with me as I forge ahead.
Ever forward! On to my next weigh in (4/26)…