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- Written on: March 25th, 2011
For the first time ever I weighed more than 260 pounds and something inside me snapped. I decided that morning I was going to lose weight, I was going to lose it as quickly as possible and I was going to do whatever I needed to do to get there.
A Simple Equation
A few years ago I was a member of a local gym where I had a personal trainer. It obviously didn’t last, but there was one simple equation he gave me that has stuck in my head.
He told me that weight loss is a simple equation. Take your calories in, subtract the calories you burn and to lose weight the balance remaining needs to be less than what your body naturally burns to maintain its self.
When I was at the gym, and analysis said it took 2,100 calories a day to maintain my current weight at that time.
For me, my simple equation was that to lose weight I needed to cut my calories to at least 1,900 a day. So I did.
In the first week I had the usual 10 pound instant drop as my body adjusted to fewer carbohydrates and less food volume. Encouraging, but we all know that is not real weight loss. One big meal and you get it all back. I decided to keep going.
Increasingly Harder to Lose Weight
One of the nasty little things about losing weight is that as your body gets smaller you require fewer calories to maintain your body weight. After losing about 25 pounds I plateaued and had to cut my calories again to about 1,600 a day.
It wasn’t too tough to cut from 2,100 to 1,900. I wasn’t really hungry all the time. It was more of a willpower cut. I just had to decide not to eat the fast food, not eat in my car, and cut portions down.
Cutting from 1,900 to 1,600 is a different story altogether. My body was wise to the plan now and it responded with lower energy levels and hunger at times.
The craziest thing is that before then I couldn’t remember the last time I had been physically HUNGRY. That is a testament to the world around us, but that is another topic all together.
As the days turned into weeks I started losing weight again and soon crossed the 30-pounds lost threshold.
I could handle the hunger at times, but the energy loss was crushing to me. I am a workaholic and I move as fast as I can all the time. I stand for about half of my day working in Schrock Innovations‘ Service Centers.
One afternoon I was in a gas station getting a fountain drink and on a lark I decided to try a Five Hour Energy shooter. I was amazed at the results.
Understand that 5 Hour Energy is not a weight loss product. It is marketed as a substitute for your morning coffee. If you look at the ingredients it is loaded with tons of amino acid and b vitamins and a small amount of caffeine. Maybe it was the placebo effect, but for $3.00 a shot, it kept me moving and helped me cross the 40-pound threshold.
What Was I Eating?
Cutting calories did require me to make some dietary changes, but not as many ass you would think. In the beginning I was militant about what I ate, but as I lost the weight I experimented with the foods I previously denied myself and found that if I moderated or borrowed calories from one day to use in the next day my long-term goal was still achieved.
The biggest dietary changes included:
- No French Fries
- Ate Panera’s BBQ Chop Chicken Salad almost daily (550 calories and very filling)
- Qdoba naked burritos with salsa were good for variety (great online calorie calculator)
- 2 Packets of Quaker Oatmeal every morning for breakfast (about 300 calories)
- Daily Centrum multi-vitamin
- (2) 5-Hour Energy shooters daily (careful, not too close to bed time)
The last 10 Pounds
It took me longer than expected to drop pounds 40-50. Because I was not working out while I was cutting calories I did see some muscle loss.
In an effort to push the loss further I cut calories again to about 1,200. That was a mistake. I was tired all the time, moody, and the cravings for prohibited food were brutal.
On top of that, if I went over 1,200 one day – say a nice dinner out with my wife – making those calories up the next day means cutting below 1,000 calories.
On top of everything the increased effort and challenge was not resulting in additional weight loss. I returned to 1,500 – 1,600 calories a day and slowly – almost imperceptibly – dropped to around 210 pounds.
What is Next? Do You Want to Lose More
The funny thing about losing weight is that while you are losing it you are obsessed with the scale. Once it is gone you almost feel that “ok, now what” feeling.
I am 5′ 8″ and at 210 pounds I am still technically obese. I would like to get down to 175 – 185 pounds eventually, but additional losses are proving increasingly difficult.
One month after hitting 210 pounds I have ventured as low as 204 and weighed in today at 206. I think I may have to dust off the treadmill to get my body losing again.
What’s Your Weight Loss Story?
Do you have any hints or tips for me? Share your story below. I appreciate the tips!
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- Written on: April 28th, 2009
Most of us have enjoyed one too many adult beverages at some point or another.
One of my customers forwarded me an email that my wife and I both found hilarious. Normally I don’t re-forward things, let alone post them on my blog, but I am making an exception for this one. Enjoy!
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- Written on: January 21st, 2009
In a bit of nostalgia, I wondered what my first post on my blog was about. I dug back in time to read a post about Scott Richter that I could have sworn was not written in 1999.
As I thumbed through a couple of pages of posts I was stunned by my poor writing, misspellings, broken links, and utter lack of an understanding for SEO.
Most of my old posts probably didn’t rank for anything organically as a result, so I decided to rework them a bit to at least have a shot at bringing new visitors in through the search engines.
The whole time I was working I was wondering if editing my old blog posts was some kind of blogging sin, or if it was innocent and made no difference to my readers. Here are some of the changes I made. Tell me what you think.
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- Written on: December 25th, 2008
I just wanted to take a moment to with all of my readers a Merry Christmas. Please stay safe and treasure the time you spend with your family and loved ones. That is what it’s all about, no matter where you come from or what you do.
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- Written on: October 28th, 2008
The second of our election 2008 billboards will be airing on KOLN/KGIN Channel 10/11 throughout election night as results is being released today.
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- Written on: October 4th, 2008
The Lincoln Police Department lets us know when a computer is stolen in our local community so we can alert authorities if it turns up in our Service Centers.
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- Written on: September 14th, 2008
Read this post to learn how you can get a MacBook Air for as little as $25 – NO JOKE! I was browsing around on eBay this morning and saw some scammy looking guy doing what he called a “mystery auction”. The concept was very similar to a blind auction where you bid on an […]
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- Written on: July 10th, 2008
Over the past few days I have watched some extremely talented people accomplish incredible things both as teams and as individuals. I have seen moments of brilliance both on a moral and ethical level as well as a technical level.
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- Written on: June 22nd, 2008
Here’s my message to Victoria’s Secret – a company credited for bringing happiness to the evenings of so many married couples… Thanks for TANKING my wife’s evening, making her upset, and forcing her to spend the wee hours of the morning RE-SHOPPING your entire website.
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- Written on: June 19th, 2008
We knew it was going to happen at some point, somewhere, before the show started. The 12 Top Affiliate Challenge Contestants have created a private chat room on their own and have started networking with each other and getting a feel for what everyone is capable of. Of course, the producers are listening in and […]