Crossposted from my new fitness blog. I’ll try to keep this to a minimum.I am like ninety pounds lighter than I was this time four years ago.Seriously.I have a lot to be proud of.This is me at the peak of my fatness, five and a half years ago:
The difference is still startling. As stated, I am ninety pounds lighter than I was this time four years ago. Heck, I may be more than ninety pounds lighter. Here is a secret: I could not find a scale available at retail on which I could weigh myself. I had to get down to 375 pounds before I could weigh myself accurately. It took two months of dieting before I could get there. My third month of dieting, the first month in which I could actually weigh myself, I lost thirty pounds (according to the spreadsheet I was tracking my weight with).Here’s the problem, I am sixty pounds heavier than I was this time three years ago. I am eighty pounds, overall, heavier than I was at my fittest.For the course of a year and a half, I was a fitness nazi. I ran daily, lifted weights daily and micromanaged my diet. I loved it, I lived it.Here is a quick graphical time line of my progress:
I had a weekly radio spot chronicling my weight loss. I inspired numerous people, many of which who had greater and longer lasting progress than I achieved. Due to some lifestyle changes and a nagging back injury, I got offtrack. I commute two hours a day, everyday. Like most people, time is not something I have a lot of.My goal is to lose eighty pounds. This will put me around 240 pounds. Now, I am a big guy. I always have been, I always will be. I’m not very tall but I am quite broad (52” shoulders) and I am pretty thick. Even at 15% body fat, I’m large. I had a talk with my doctor. We both agreed that given my build, 240 pounds is a reasonable and healthy weight.I have reached this goal three times in the last three years. Each time I gain back twenty-to-forty pounds of fat, typically in the process of attempting muscle gain. This time I have fallen way offtrack. Eighty pounds offtrack.My fitness blog, available at http://www.briankilby.com/blogs/blogs.htm will chronicle my journey. It will include a daily rundown of my diet, my exercise routine and my actual progress. My goal is to lose this weight somewhat responsibly, over the course of the next six months. I want to be back in peak health by my 30th birthday, June 7th, 2009.Tomorrow I weigh in. I’m going to post the results.Feel free to subscribe via the atom feed. I know I’m going to reach the goal, I have the discipline to do it. I’ve been there. I’ll be there again. My primary goal this time isn’t a number, it’s a lifestyle change.