The motivation to work out every morning has been waning the past few months. Personal issues have prevented me from hitting the gym as often as I'd like, and the weather has not been cooperative for a noontime walk. I'm still hitting the free weights and doing situps and pushups every night, but I like at least a couple scheduled cardio outings a week to keep things in check. Fortunately, it's summer time, so raking the lawn, riding my bike with the kids, or just taking the kids for a walk around the neighborhood gives me an excuse to get out and move.
The biggest question I hear when folks find out about my weight loss is "How did you do it?" The hard part is giving the answer: I counted my calories very carefully, was honest with myself about what I was putting into my body, and limited my intake. It takes a ton of willpower - willpower that I still draw upon today - but the "secret" really is that simple. When I started the diet over five years ago, I took two weeks before I started and wrote down everything I ate in those two weeks. I then calculated the caloric content of everything, and tallied up my daily caloric consumption.
The figure was awfully close to 4,000 calories - for someone in a
I cut back to 2,500 calories a day. Then 2,000. Then 1,750. As more weight came off, I found it addicting to step on the scale and see the progress. I set a goal weight for myself of 220 pounds, this being my weight through much of college when I was lifting weights every day. My goal was to lose a pound a week - this was a long haul effort - by making small changes that I could live with even when I stopped dieting. I reached my goal weight after about 10 months (I started at less than 284; I think 272) and reassessed, bringing to 200 and eventually 180.
It's been a long, difficult road, but I have found it immensely rewarding. Several friends and co-workers have been alternately inspired and/or shamed into going on diets of their own - I've had friends tell me I inspired them to lose weight; and co-workers (and family members) who started their own weight loss program "because if Jay can do it, I had damn well better be able to"... It's all about setting a good example for my kids - eating healthy, exercising, getting my blood pressure under control (over four years without medication!).
I want to be part of their lives for a long time, and being an overweight lardass wasn't going to cut it...
That is all.