Through a program of restricted eating and intense exercise, I was able to lose most of my December "Christmas baking" weight:
I'm back down to around 160lbs and about 13.5% body fat.
Surprisingly, this is still on the high end of normal! Mid-range for my height should be about 155lbs and 12.5% body fat. That will be my goal after we return from the wedding.
Even 130lbs would still be in the "healthy" range. I can actually remember quite well when I was 130lbs. It would have been in high school, where admittedly, I was a bit of a beanpole :-)
Another interesting chart is my one-year plot (missing the period when the scale was being shipped):
It's important to keep things in perspective, and I've found that our Internet scale really helps with that.
Realistically, Melissa and I will probably gain some weight during 2 weeks of all-inclusive resort food, but at least we have a good baseline, and a working system for losing weight.
Finally, a few tips:
- It will take longer than you think, and it will be harder than you think, but stick to the plan!
- On a related note, make sure you have a plan. Write down exactly what you can and cannot eat. Carry a copy in your wallet if you have do (Melissa did).
- Sugar is evil when it comes to weight loss. In my personal experience, sugar intake is the single largest factor. Do everything you can to eliminate it from your diet.
- Keep to your routine! If you "fall off the wagon," get back on immediately. If you go back to bad eating/exercise habits for more than a day, it will be incredibly hard to correct.
- Always set a goal, and remember why you are losing the weight (health, quality of life, self esteem, special event, beach season, etc.)
- Discover new healthy treats to displace unhealthy ones, but make sure not to go overboard, and be sure that the treat is actually diet-friendly.
- And most importantly: Have a partner! When the going gets tough, you need someone to kick your butt. Mel and I both had to kick each others' a few times :)