Ever wanted to hear a true weight-loss story about a ‘normal/average’ guy? Well here it is.
I went from 133kg (293.21 pounds) down to 83kg (182.98 pounds) in 222 days, a little over 7 months. I did it with no diet pills or fancy techniques, just the right research, a strong desire to lose weight and a little bit of hard work. If you keep reading, you might learn a few things that could help you.
I was dreading having to do PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, but it was necessary. So the second thing I did was buy a treadmill. Now, you don’t need to buy a treadmill, you could just go for a run outside, but I have a few problems with that:
1. It’s cold outside.
2. spiders hang down from the trees and I hate them been on me and
3. It’s boring.
So I went to google again, did some research, and found a good brand that would support my weight. I found a used one on ebay, it was local and for a good price. I picked it up the same day and placed it right in front of my 65″ tv, ready for November 15.
Now I just needed a way to keep me on track. So the third thing I did was…TELL EVERYBODY. I told all my family and friends, at work, home and facebook that I would lose 50kg by July 15, 2013. (My Workplace Annual Gala Dinner). I also promised my wife that once I had lost the weight, we would try for a kid. Telling everyone kept me accountable and motivated.
One of the hardest things about losing weight is avoiding places where food is plentiful. Birthday parties, work functions and family dinners are unavoidable at times and often required extra strong will power to say no that potato chip, pie or beer. What I’ve learnt though, is the more you say no, the easier it is to say no the next time.
After 4 weeks of this, I was so totally over it, but still refused to eat or drink any junk food. I was also not losing as much as weight as before, but I could jog 3km no problem and I was down to 118.2kg, a further 7.2kg loss. I felt I needed a faster way, so over the next few weeks I tried a few things.
I tried about 10 different types of diets eg. Slimfast, celebrity slim, fatblaster, lemon detox, alternate day diet etc. I gave most of them a week or so, but ultimately you just plateau and get really, really over it. It might work for some people, but they didn’t really work for me.
The last few months were difficult because you just want to finish it, just get to the goal and have some full meals again. I’ve been maintaining the same weight now for about 3 months. I eat roughly 1600 calories a day, but don’t really count them anymore and I play squash once a week. I try to go for a long walk once or twice a week as well. It’s true what they say, it’s 80% diet.
In summary, it was a tough 7 months. But it was only 7 months of my life; I probably gained 15-20 years from doing it. I use to wear clothes sized 4XL, now I’m down to an M. Here are some results of my first doctor’s appointment:
Weight – 133kg (293.21 pounds)
BMI – 40.5
Blood Pressure -165/104
Blood Sugar level – 8.0
I also had a severe case of Sleep Apnea, causing loud snoring, fatigue/exhaustion and lack of focus at work. I was told my risk of heart attack, diabetes and various other diseases were significantly increased, not to mention that if I maintained that level obesity, I would most likely lose decades off my life. My tests, 222 days later, showed a huge difference:
Weight – 83kg
BMI – 25.9
Blood Pressure – 124/85
Blood Sugar Level – 4.1
Not perfect results, but far healthier than before. Also, my wife and I are will be welcoming the first addition to our family in late February.
I wrote this blog to help people. Not just to inspire people, but to also give as many helpful tips as I could. Hopefully you’ve come away with something that could help you or someone close.
Summary of helpful tips:
- Consume less calories, burn more calories. Simple.
- STOP eating junk food – Seriously, just say NO.
- Tell everybody, make yourself accountable.
- Count your calories. (My Fitness Pal)
- Get more sleep.
- Regularly check your weight/health.
- Have a goal and stick to it, no matter what.
- Be more active, more regularly.
If you have any questions about My True Weight Loss Story, feel free to ask.