I hope I don't jinx myself, but I thought I would finally share my weight loss "journey" as I finally achieved my goal about 2 weeks ago and thus far have been able remain under that arbitrary number.
If you are new to this post or just don't remember I wrote a bit about our household's food/eatinig re-boot in my review of Michael Pollan's Food Rules and these three posts early on: Diet & Exercise, You Are What You Eat, and It Worked.
But to make a long story short, it all started when Todd had to get his cholesterol under control and the doctor suggested a "dietary intervention." It worked with his cholesterol number correcting themselves in dramatic fashion and a side-effect of that was weight loss... or more accurately, reaching a healthy weight.
With what Todd was doing making sense, I decided to play along... most particularly when I weighed myself and "discovered" I had gained about 30-35 lbs over the course of a year or two... and not so coincidentally my first two years of my 40s. I knew I had gained weight, I just didn't think it was that much! It was particularly strange since I was likely considered underweight for most of my adult life (high school thru late 30s)... in the 150-155 lb range (at about 6-feet tall). Yes, I was one of those annoying people who never had to worry about his weight.
So while I did get to a good height-weight proportion at some point in this slow gain, I just kept on going and going! The no longer used Wii Fit informed me that my perfect BMI was in the mid-160s, but my goal when I started on this lifestyle change was to get to 170 lbs... which I finally achieved earlier this month (March 2010... so not taking it off very slow and steady). Here is my chart.
I weigh-in twice a week (same days and times each week), though not each and every point is not represented in the chart above. You can see how dramatic, and honestly how quite easy, the initial weight loss occurred. This was primarily due to a change in diet, but with a little exercise (either via the Wii or a stationary bike) as well.
You can see I put on weight back on at the totally expected times... Halloween, Thanksgiving and when I was so close to my goal, a nice spike up at Christmas/New Year's. Though, to be honest, Halloween was the only time that I truly felt that I went seriously fell off the wagon, gorging on what was a tremendous amount of leftover candy.
Once recovering from the holiday, I felt I achieved the weight I should be... even though it was a pound or two (or three) above the desired 170 mark. I never considered this to be a "diet," which I think dooms one to failure. If a "diet" is something you eventually go off, the pounds will come back on if you go back to your old ways. The way we view is that after educating ourselves, it would be impossible to go back to way we used to eat.
It took some time, but now knowing how our bodies works and handle food... and learning what our "food" has become, it was just a matter of finding things that work... and with very few exceptions, I don't miss any of the bad, or "not good," stuff. For example, my afternoon snacking is now likely to be an apple and some nuts. This has been a more than satisfactory replacement to sitting down with an open bag of potato chips. Oatmeal with cinnamon or fresh fruit with Greek yogurt has been quite surprisingly breakfast discovery vs. a couple of pop tarts.
I try not get preachy about all this, but the whole experience has been an eye-opener and it's hard not to spread the message.