My Weight Loss Journey

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I used to be fat.

Sure, there’s different levels of fat, and I get that for some, the “f-word” is offensive. But it’s true. I was fat.

Actually, according to my BMI, I was obese.

And I was miserable.

I had no energy. I was embarrassed to take my shirt off, even in front of my wife. And with a new child just added to our family, I decided it was time to change.

So, in 2004 my wife and I joined Weight Watchers (online). The first couple of weeks were brutal (as with any diet change) but it proved to be worth it.

After 10 months or so, I lost 70lbs. I literally got rid of 1/3 of myself.

And even after I dropped the pounds my body was still adjusting. In the end, I dropped 10 pant sizes.

10!

I felt better, not only physically, but about myself in general.

However, my journey with weight didn’t end there.

As anyone who has lost a lot of weight can probably testify, the rubber really meets the road in keeping it off.

For a while, my metabolism took care of maintaining. But slowly but surely, the pounds crept back up. Once a year or so (sometimes twice a year) we’d sign back up on WW to try to get rid of those pesky pounds. We’d do this on and off for the next 7 years or so. It almost became an annual ritual.

However, this year was different.

Back in January, I was determined to get back to where I was in 2006. At that point, I had gained back 28 of the 70 pounds I had lost. I was definitely headed in a direction I was not happy with.

So I got back on WW, and was serious about it. But my body wasn’t.

Blame it on age… or my genes… or my metabolism that had figured out this dance we had going with WW… Whatever the reason, the weight didn’t budge. At all.

Needless to say I was frustrated and was about to succumb to the lie that “well, I guess this is how it’s gonna be the rest of my life.”

After a good heart-felt conversation with my wife, we both decided to make a change… and we canceled our WW membership. 😉

And for the last 3+ months, we’ve made a complete life change that feels really good. And 16 pounds of those 28 are gone. We’ve placed an emphasis not just on dropping the pounds, but rather taking care of our bodies in general.

We’ve done things like:

  • Cutting out sugars (sugar is in EVERYTHING these days)
  • Eliminating as much processed foods as possible (do you even know what the ingredient js98dfslehroi is?)
  • Dropping excess carbs

And we’ve added regular and consistent exercise back into our life.

The moral of the story is this:

It’s saddening that the obesity rate keeps climbing in our nation. Don’t be a statistic. Take care of your body.

Don’t believe the lie or use the excuse that you can’t lose weight.

I realize that there are some out there that deal with medical stuff that prevents them from doing so. However, there are others that look for any excuse available to not drop the pounds and ultimately take care of their body. Don’t be that person!

As for how you do it, there are a bagillion and one diet plans out there. And, in my opinion, many of them are fads and gimmicks, attempting to just make an extra buck. All in all, what it boils down to, find what works for you and your body. There is not one “guaranteed” weight loss program that actually will make every human being lose weight. We all have different chemistry and situations that require a more “personal” weight loss plan.

If one plan doesn’t work, don’t give up, find another one that does. In the end, take care of your body. It’s been one of the best decisions of my life.

P.S. By the way, is this an anti-Weight Watchers post? Absolutely not! It helped me when I was obese and it’s helped a lot of other people. Would I recommend Weight Watchers? Sure! But that may not work for everyone. Find out works for you and get healthy.

P.P.S. If you’re wanting the name of the food plan we’re following, it’s closely in line with both Paleo and Low-Carb. But we’re not really doing either exclusively.