Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Steps in the right direction.
Here is something that is not a secret to anyone who knows me.
Last year I was tipping the scales at over 300 pounds and I was noticing it. I didn't have as much energy, my circulation in my legs wasn't good, lots of clothes didn't fit, a long list of bad stuff.
So I put myself on a very lenient diet. Instead of about 3,000 calories a day, I wanted to limit myself to about 2,500 to see what would happen.
A year later, I am 27 pounds lighter.
Most people will tell you 2,500 calories is on the high end of reasonable. Honestly, I am ridiculously lucky when it comes to my health. I easily could have contracted type II diabetes, but I haven't so far. My cholesterol is well within the standard limits and my blood pressure tends to be on the high end of normal but not technically hypertension.
I weigh myself once a week. On average, I've lost about a half pound a week. As you might guess, since I was over 300, losing 27 pounds does not bring me to my ideal weight, but I haven't been starving myself. (As I'm writing this, I'm eating mini-tacos for dinner and washing them down with a nice I.P.A. from Trader Joe's. Delicious!) I'm going to keep doing what I have been doing until I see my weight hit a plateau, and then I'll see what I can do to bring my calorie intake down a little more, maybe to 2,250 or 2,000 a day. If I get to a weight and it takes a 1,500 calorie per day regimen to lose more, I can say with confidence "Welcome to my new weight!" If it feels like a burden, I know I won't stick with it.
It's not that dramatic, but I'm proud of what I did. I show a picture of Kevin Smith because his weight loss. Likewise, John Goodman's dramatic reduction was a source of inspiration for me. I bought a long black overcoat known as a duster at a Western gear store. I hoped to look cool like the Earp brothers in Tombstone, but in reality I look like Silent Bob's older, fatter brother. That said, both Silent Bob and I aren't as fat as we used to be and that's a good thing.