This before and after shot compares my progress during the second half of my weight loss journey from 2013-19. It was taken earlier this summer. I started getting more active and eating well about 13 years ago. In that time I’ve lost nearly 130lbs in total. I yo-yoed a bit in the middle (regained about half of what I lost by the time the first of these pics was taken - oops); but then I came back with a vengeance, got down to a healthy BMI of just under 25, and have been maintaining successfully now for nearly 6 months.
I know it’s not for everyone but I now know that calorie logging (in and out) is essential for me. I regained weight only when I got complacent and felt that I could manage without a safety net. It’s simply not true. A couple of years ago I got a fitness tracker that enabled me to measure accurately calories in vs out and now I can very easily work out what my deficit or surplus is and adjust accordingly. It seems to work! I continue to eat healthily on relative low carbs (depending on my fitness needs) and as I am logging cals in I can see where I am at the end of the day and whether I need to top up or simply enjoy a little treat.
As a result, I now have the body at 54 that I should have had in my 20s. That’s the only thing I regret. Why did I waste all those years? The good thing is that as I was so lazy in my youth I still have all bone joints intact so I can run into old age! It’s weird feeling the changes in my body. Sometimes I feel a bit of a stranger to myself. I have armpits! Proper armpits! And hard bits where there used to be soft bits. And bones where there used to be fat tissue. I pinch myself when I have to buy size ‘Small’ in clothes.
But I’m still the same person. When meeting folk for the first time in a long while they talk to me as if I’m a different person on the inside. I’m not. I know that fat bloke is still in there fighting to get out. I do give in to indulgences from time to time, that’s human. But now it’s all done within a structure and regimen that I can stick to. It took the digital revolution to facilitate that shift in my thinking and attitudes but I am still grateful for the support I’ve had from MFP.