60 Steps Forward, 3 Months, 20 Steps Back (#Downward to 200)

On May 1st of 2012 I weighed 300 pounds. I set an ambitious goal to lose 10 pounds a month and reach 240 by November.

I succeeded, but the past 3 months haven’t been as great.

I currently weigh 260. While that’s still an improvement from where I was a year ago, it’s not where I want to be. Over the past few months, a number of factors played into it all, primarily the loss of employment right at the beginning of November.

Cold weather kept my outdoor activity to a minimum, and when you’re indoors in your home more often, the temptation to break from a rigid routine is obviously greater. I’d also say that my personal feelings about myself and my situation led me to seek to food as a brief comfort device.

All of this is not uncommon, and this blog isn’t being written to seek sympathy. Recent events have actually changed my outlook for the better, having just regained employment sooner than I had expected to.

Blizzcon played a big part in my motivation to lose weight last year. While I’m unsure if I’ll be going there or not, the motivation this time is to simply improve my health. Each time I hit a 10 pound milestone not only did I physically feel healthier and more energetic, my emotional state was much improved.

You don’t need to wait for New Year’s to make a resolution. I’m making one here and now.

I will return to the diet and exercise habits I strayed from.
My goal is to reach a weight of 200 pounds by October 1. That’s 60 pounds in 35 weeks, almost a pace of 5 pounds every 3 weeks. I feel this is a reasonable goal, and is actually at a slightly slower pace than what I set last year.

I won’t be blogging or tweeting about my weight loss often, except for the 15th of each month. It’s something I did last year and I think that once a month public update on my Twitter feed is enough to keep myself socially responsible while not flooding all of you with tweets you’re usually not following me to read.

Am I sad that I took 20 steps back? I’m a little disappointed, sure… but the good thing is that I’ve still kept the majority of progress I made from last year, and I’m committed to go even further this year in my goal to improve my physical fitness.

If you have questions or comments about my diet routine feel free to contact me via email or in the comments sections for this thread.

#DownwardTo200

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