Question of the Day

How do you stay in shape?

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from a post I did where I mentioned I lost 40lbs. 44lbs now actually.

In 2012, I was up to 248lbs (I’m 6 feet) which was my highest ever. I really wasn’t feeling very healthy and hated how my clothes were fitting. I decided to start putting some effort into getting back into shape. I started with the Wii Fit which in retrospect was a good way to start. The Wii Fit’s scale gave me a good graphical representation of my progress. The exercises weren’t too intense but enough to get me moving. I also started using Loseit to monitor my caloric intake. When I plateaued after losing about 20lbs, I started going to the gym a few days a week. Nowadays, I go about 5 days. I’m lucky because my apartment complex has a gym so I don’t have to go too far. I’m now down to about 204lbs and really feeling much better. I have far more energy than I did at my heaviest.

I did make some really big dietary changes. I eliminated fast food from my diet. I also stopped drinking soda, going out to chain restaurants where they really saturate their food in sugars and fat (I still go to a few local restaurants every once in a while of course but I don’t make it into a habit). I think the biggest thing I did to help besides exercise was using a calorie counter. Not so much to measure my daily intake but to get a grasp on how many calories I was actually eating.

I’m shooting for below 200 and then the trick will be maintaining.