I've been meaning to finish this up and post it for a good while now. Despite the subject and time of year, this isn't a New Year's resolution post. I started my weight-loss diet in October and have pretty much reached the point where I can declare it a success and write about it in case it will help anyone else out there.
Why I started a diet:
Now that I'm doing it, of course, I can come up with all kinds of good reasons to stick with it, not the least of which is that I want to be sufficiently in shape to keep up with Will while he's crawling around the house. I want never to have to contemplate buying any larger size jeans. As a father, I want to be there for my son when he's my age and to set a good example for him. Et cetera. But apparently no reason of this type was enough to get me started.
Things changed sometime in mid-October when I stepped on my parents' digital scale to weigh first myself, and then myself + Will in order to get a reasonable estimate of his weight. I was shocked to see the scale read 213 before I even picked him up. I'd thought of myself as significantly overweight at 200 for the last year or so, remembered being uncomfortable at 180 when I gained 30 pounds back in college, but 213? Yikes! I must've been gaining a pound a week since we moved in August. That scale reading immediately scared me into eating less, and put me in the right frame of mind to start a diet for real.
Then, I ran across this Boing Boing post
and started to read and follow The Hacker's Diet
right away. With a name like that, how could it fail to get my attention? I'd never really dieted before, but what the heck. The guy went to all the trouble to write the book and put it on the web. It couldn't hurt to give it a read.( Collapse )
In the time since I bought the scale, I've definitely lost over 20 pounds (max reading = 196.5, most recent reading = 174.0). Extrapolating to the start of the diet, I must've started out around 205 or so and lost about 30 (my scale doesn't agree with my parents' scale due to the different time of day, amount of clothing, etc.). I've gone from tight 40-waist jeans to comfortable in a 36, and I fit into large t-shirts again as opposed to only XL. I'm breathing more easily and have lots more energy, partly due to exercising. The most unexpected effect is that I have my singing voice back! When I was eating more, and eating more fat, I often had the unpleasant sensation of gunk in my throat. (Though, as I'm finally about to post this, I'm eating 1800 calories a day and sometimes feeling the gunk).
Anyway, here are some nifty graphs
. Note the calorie numbers for today are off because I haven't had dinner yet.