I was going through my progress photos on myfitnesspal today and wanted to see how I compare to the last couple of years.
I first started taking weight loss seriously back in 2016. The top photo is me just after I started, only just short of my worst ever weight; 245lbs. My first ever diet consisted of 6 meals a day of nothing but chicken, rice, and broccoli. I never really exercised while on that diet, but I also had a really tough time sticking to it. I lost about 30lbs before I fell off the wagon and ballooned again.
About a year and a half later, I felt inspired to try and get it together again, only this time follow it through to the end. I didn’t do any fad diets, just counted my calories and tried to get as many steps in as I could daily. My results really started to ramp up when my roommate Bradley introduced me to intermittent fasting. Ive always been a crazy food addict, but intermittent fasting really helped me to mitigate my hunger. I walked home from work, about an hour a day, instead of bussing. The weight was really starting to fall off. At the back end of 2018 I really started to plateau though. Stuck at about 190, I couldn’t lower my calories any more than I already had and, being the notoriously lazy guy I am, didn’t wanna spend a bunch of time exercising to make up for it. Thanks to a lot of campaigning from Bradley once again, I gave the keto diet a shot and MAN is that effective. Within 6 weeks I dropped 23lbs, and made it to my best ever weight of 167.
The problem was, right after that I got my license and my first car. Slowly but surely I stopped my long walks, stopped being strict about what I was eating and fell hard back into old habits. By the end of 2019, I’d ballooned right back up to 213lbs. I told myself that 2020 was the year I’d get it off and keep it off. So here I am, I spent 8 weeks on keto and slowly transitioned myself off. I’m now eating a healthy balanced diet and keeping the weight off and my motivation up. Today I weighed in at 172lbs and took the bottom pic (Sorry about the bedhead, just woke up 😂). I could still afford to exercise more, but hey, it’s a marathon not a sprint.