My family, and my friends that have known me for a long time, have seen my weight fluctuate. I was talking to my mom the other day about health and weight loss, and my weight history came up. Right now, I weigh less than I did in High School. At least less than I did in 11th/12th grade. I didn’t log it all back then, but my pant size sure was bigger than now.
After I got out of High School, I went to work in the construction field, doing very hard, physical manual labor. This was running a shovel all day. I was burning so many calories, the weight fell off, and I ate pretty much what I wanted. However, this was extreme physical labor, and lasted 8 hours (or more) per day. I learned from this that exercise is how you lose weight. Intense, agonizing, long exercise.
After some time, the physical requirements at work changed a bit, and I wasn’t always hammering back with the shovel – but I still ate the same. And the weight accumulated. I tried to control it a bit with what I thought I knew, and it didn’t have the effect I was looking for. I still gained weight. I think this is where most people are today. Knowledge is a powerful thing, and not only that, the knowledge we have today, wasn’t expressed decades ago.
I continued to struggle, and years later took another job that was pretty much an all day cardio event. I lost weight again. This reinforced my expectation that to lose weight, it required exercise.
Years later, I was all blown up again, and I decided to lose weight. What to do? Join a gym and change my eating. So, I started going to the gym and working out, riding my bike for distance for an hour, and changed my eating. All of this was a guess. But it worked, I lost weight.
Of course, I stopped going to the gym, biking became less convenient time-wise, and I just ate “healthy’ish”. I gained weight again.
Getting closer to today, still a number of years ago, I started working out intensely, for muscle building. I still thought I was eating right, eating the important carbs (hah), and striving on. I did build muscle and strength, but my pant size did not really change. I was assuming then that I needed more cardio, but I HATE cardio. At least, I hate cardio for the sake of cardio.
A few years ago, I started researching weight loss, but not just all the B.S. quackery out there, I started delving into the biology of how we work as humans. As luck would have it, I found great resources (and still a lot of crap), and began actually learning how and why our bodies work with the chemical compounds we call food. As I learned, I had to do a lot of UN-learning. But unlearn I did.
Once I finally put the pieces into play, the weight loss became easy. It was NOT a struggle. The weight fell off, and it felt bizarre that it could be this easy to lose weight. And it was all from controlling what foods I put into my mouth. I could see a direct correlation between losing, gaining, stalling with weight loss based on what and how much I ate.
Over a year and a half ago, I lost 40lbs. I continued to lose a little, experiment a little, and could see fluctuations that were a direct correlation. I’ve lost an additional 5lbs at this point, but for over a year and a half, have maintained my weight loss.
I am stoked. I no longer have to struggle. I enjoy my slimmer waistline. I like feeling “light”. I still have a bit more to lose – I do want that Six-Pack after all! 🙂 I’ll get there, just one day at a time.