Beating the Bulge

Recently, my Grandma passed away. As you can see by the photo above, she was always telling me that I should lose weight. How could I argue with her, I was tipping the scales at 270 pounds. I was quite unhealthy and I knew it.

I recently turned 51. Anyone who has followed my blog has seen my 90 by 50 campaign, where I wanted to lose 90 pounds by the time I turned 50. Well, 50 came and went yet I was still nowhere near losing 90 pounds.  I have revised my goal, I now want to get down to 169 pounds, which is 101 pounds off my heaviest weight of 270. How am I going to do that? My diet has always consisted of pretty much whatever I wanted to eat, including donuts, candy, cake, etc.

Well, times have changed.

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Getting ready for a walk in Arizona in May

The passing of my Grandmother, as well as my desire to make a career change, prompted me to take action to reduce my girth. I found success when I started the Keto diet about three months ago. During that timeframe, I have dropped from 270 pounds down to 224.8 (but who’s counting). As I near the half-way point in my weight loss journey, I must admit that I am starting to tire of the Keto diet. I have contemplated transferring over to Weight Watchers, which I have always done well on until I get tired of logging everything I eat.

Weighing 270 pounds, it is easy to fall into the “fat guy” mentality. Why shouldn’t I have another donut, I’m fat anyway. Changing up my diet, I have not had any sweets (candy, cake, etc) since February. I really thought it would be more difficult to give up the goodies, but oddly, on this diet, it hasn’t been that hard. Yes, when donuts make their way into the workplace, I would love to have one, but I am able to pass them by. I can pass them by mostly because I know if I have one, I am going to be tossed out of ketosis and it will likely take me a week before I start losing weight again. I must admit, the Keto diet has been the easiest diet I have ever attempted. The nice thing is that the hunger issue is not an issue. I now eat because I feel that I should eat and not because I am starving and counting the minutes until my next meal.

My weight loss journey is a sprint and not a marathon. I want to get to my goal weight as quickly as possible so I can go back to a more “regular” diet that will include all the food groups. I know I can never go back to where I was, but a more traditional, balanced diet is my ultimate goal.

I have also started using my home gym more and walking more. I find myself now being disappointed now when I can’t walk or workout. I feel like I have turned the corner and this time, I WILL reach my goal weight.

I will keep everyone posted how things are going over the coming months. I hope to reach my goal weight by the end of the year. Here’s hoping I will have something more to celebrate at the end of 2018!

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