Started Nov 2013 at 405 pounds!
Utilizing the MyFitnessPal app, along with exercise and healthy foods, I was able to hit 214 lbs by 2/2015 and swore I would NEVER go near 400 lbs again…and I DIDN’T. I gave away all my “fat” clothes and kept the promise to myself of put Feb 2015. My reward was a pre-planned “quality” tailored suit.
Despite never regaining the first 100 lbs I lost, the second 100 lbs turned into a huge struggle and I Yo-Yo'd all over the place ending up at nearly 300 lbs. Not using the MFP app was a big factor. There was NO WAY I was going to buy bigger clothes and start the slippery slope to morbid obesity acceptance again. For weddings, funerals and other formal events I “rented” a suit from a formal menswear store and told no one.
After extensive research, I began a 16/8 intermittent fasting regimen on May 13, 2019. It fits my lifestyle and only took a couple weeks for me to adapt. I became more aggressive w/ my walking, added some limited weight-lifting (per cardiologist no lifting over 50 lbs) and resumed monitoring for a calorie deficit. Intermittent fasting for me is nothing more than “timed eating.” It is NOT a diet and I plan to just keep on doing it.
As of today, I weigh 197 pounds! This is the lowest I have been in over 25 yrs. so anything under 205 will make me a happy camper.