UPDATE: (2012-10-23) As of this past Saturday, October 20. I have lost 100 lbs. Previously, in cleaning out my closet, I decided to keep one of the last pair of pants I bought before starting the diet. So, here’s the obligatory photo of me in those pants today. Just 30 weeks ago, these pants fit. There’s still a ways to go, but I’m two-thirds of the way there now.
I haven’t written much about this because it’s kind of embarrassing, but if you know me, you know I’m a big guy, and I have always been a big guy. However, over the past 5 or 6 years especially, I’d really put on a lot of weight. I finally reached that breaking point, and realized I had to deal with it, so what follows are some random thoughts I’ve had about weight and weight-loss.
Back in the early ’80s, after college, I decided to lose weight. I started with a 1500 calorie diet, and lost nothing in two weeks. I went to 1,000 calories a day, and lost about 2 pounds in two weeks. Given the amount of weight I needed to lose, I knew I could never keep up a 1,000 calorie a day diet for the time it would take me to lose the 60 pounds I wanted to lose, so I went to an 800 calorie per day diet, and like magic I started losing one-half to one pound per day. Even after several weeks, when I allowed myself to cheat a little on weekends, I still kept losing.
This was no magic diet. It was just very low caloric intake, and as such, you had to eat exactly the menu for each day to get the proper nutrition. As I recall, one of the dinners (the big meal of the day) was two fish sticks, a half cup of broccoli and a patty of butter. I know many argue that rapid weight loss like that isn’t healthy, and it’ll just come back. Indeed, I did, as is often the case, gain it all back, and more, but that was over a nearly 25 year period, and caused because I just didn’t pay any attention to diet, and particularly exercise.
That diet worked for me, and if I could have found it, I would have done it again. I’ve read several diet books over the years, including the original Atkins book, and at various times I’d tried some do-it-yourself diets, but I just never stuck to it. I know a number of people who’ve had pretty good success with Weight Watchers, and I’ve considered that program, but again, just never followed through.
Some months back Lay put a movie about a juice diet in our Netflix queue. We watched it together, and since I had a juicer from years back, we decided to give it a try. The movie really turned out to be a marketing thing, but I went to their website and found some juice recipes that sounded OK. I found several I actually liked, and I lost about 20 lbs over about three weeks, but I came to realize it just wasn’t practical. First off, it takes a lot of some fruits to get enough juice, so it was expensive. You can’t really make the juice more than about a day in advance, which meant doing a lot of slicing and peeling. Also, it was not going to be something I could adhere to when traveling. Lay only lasted about five days on it.