June 16th, 2014. I stepped on a scale. It read 387. At that point something clicked in my brain. I needed to lose
some a lot of weight. In the next few months I was about to move to another state, become a stay at home dad, and become a father again. A lot was happening and for some reason I needed more change. Life as a guy, nearing the 400lbs mark was uncomfortable to say the least. I didn’t fit into my car, office chairs were confining, airplane seats were painful, and finding pants or shirts that fit was a monumental feat.
I had tried to lose wight in the past, with varying degrees of success. In 2008 I was ~280lbs at my wedding. Its was the lowest weight that I could remember. If memory serves I lost around 30lbs in the months leading up to the big day. Mostly this was accomplished by eating lean cuisines and having 3-5 sessions on an elliptical machine every week. Both habits stopped shortly after the wedding and weight returned and climbed.
We have a lot of pictures from the wedding day, so there is a lot of proof that it was possible to not be a large man. It also gave me my goal, get back to my wedding weight. From 387 to 280lbs, that was my Herculean task. 107lbs. It was time to get started.
June 17th, 2014. Day one of the diet. it also happened to coincide with my happy hour going away party at work. I didn’t make my calorie goal that day, even though the number seems astronomical to me one year later. The next few days were better making my calorie goal, even though I remember being hungry.
That weekend I was in one of my best friends wedding party. Looking back, I feel terrible that I was at the heaviest I would ever be for someones wedding, again many picture exist to remind me. Sorry Aaron and Rhiannon, I wasn’t the best that I could be. I’m more than happy to put on a suit and pose for you, whenever you want.
The weeks went by and I was making progress. The first month I lost 20lbs, the second another 20lbs. I ate a lot of salads, forbidden myself from ice cream, candy, and my beloved Goldfish crackers. over the weeks I had become accustomed to my new lifestyle. It was easier and easier to stay under my calorie goal, which shrank every time I passed a 10lbs mark. In late September I was at 313lbs, 74lbs down and 33lbs to go.
When we brought Dominic home in late October I was 293lbs. I was out of the 300’s. It felt great, but I wasn’t done yet.
Around Thanksgiving I reached my revised goal of 275lb. 112lb lost. It was the lowest weight I had ever been since I started tracking it after college.
After I met my goal, I allowed myself to relax the diet. I still tracked everything I ate but I bumped up the calorie goal. I reintroduced snacks and let myself eat things like french fries and pizza again, but in a moderated amount (most of the time).
In January Andrea returned to work after her maternity leave and I started phase 2, working out. On the advise from a friend, we joined the local YMCA. Not only was it close, but it offered daycare while we worked out. I started a 2-3 workout/week regime of running and weights. I could run 13 minute miles.
Since I hit my goal I haven’t lost any weight, but I can almost run 9 minute miles, I ran a 5k in under 30 minutes, my previous T-Rex arms are slight less puny, and I have a VO2 Max of 43 (whatever that means).
My lifestyle has massively changed in the last year. I still track my diet every day. I have a 385 day streak to maintain. I’m not too hard on myself about staying under my goal, I do try to be close. The kinds of snacks in my house have gone from chips and crackers to yogurt, smoothies, and cheese. I’ve had to replace ever single piece of clothing I own. I’ve gone from a 3XL shirt to an XL-L. My pants have gone from a 52inch waist to a more respectable 40 inch. I even have a pair of sandals that are too big for me now.
I never thought I would get this far but somehow I did. Now I get to look forward to what I can accomplish next. Here are my new goals. I would like to run more races. The 5K is a good start maybe I’ll try a 10K in the next year, I want to get under 9 minute miles, and I have a new weight goal set.
Apps that I used for this whole process