Originally Posted by DrTobiasFunke
Dreamliner, I think that you are exactly right. I have been reading the information that you have been posting on here for a good while and it has helped me. As near as I can tell, the key for me is control and planning. By monitoring my calories and following a plan, I lose weight. I also plan for periods when I have taken a break. I knew Christmastime would be tough while visiting family. As a result, I decided to take a break for the weak and eat whatever I want during that time. The key was, I could only do it during that week and could only do so while I was outside of Texas (where I live). Two funny things happened: (1) it was very easy to go back to my normal calorie tracking norm after the week because that was my plan and (2) just knowing that I could eat something that I normally would not allow myself to eat was normally sufficient for me. I wound up not really departing from my healthier ways during that week anyway just out of habit.
I also think that people need to make up their own minds to deal with a weigh problem. I don't think that anyone can be shamed or pressured into losing a large amount of weight. I had more people encourage me nicely, say pretty cruel things about my weight behind my back, or even say those things right in my presence. None of them made me decide to lose weight. My wife and I spent thousands of dollars on a trip to the Baltics a few years ago where I had a lot of trouble walking around during the trip. That did not make me decide to lose weight. I went to a party at a friend's house who had no a/c and quickly found myself dripping with sweat and unable to continue to stand up, while other people at the party were perfectly fine. Believe it or not, that was the moment when I had enough: Friday, July 23, 2010. I have no idea why that was it.
What you've done is phenominal, like an inspiring story from the biggest loser.
Just be preparred for the long haul as you get closer it gets frustrating because weight comes off slower.
For me, most my body fat is around my stomach/waist. Even though ive lost 63 pounds ive only gone from a 2x to XL in shirt size(very few larges fit).
Im a 36 inch waist too but my gut is frustrating.
My goal is 160-165 and im currently 192( I started at 255). Hopefully my gut starts to thin out as even though ive lost weight, still wearing XL shirts pisses me off and i occasionally feel like i havent lost any weight.
Trying to lose weight at 500 pounds is crazy hard from just eating less and trying to exercise but you're a true inspiration to anybody who wants to lose weight.
Keep it up and keep us updated.
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