I'm 32 years old, currently weighing in around 221 lbs. which is the heaviest I have ever been. (I'm 5' 11".)
In the past two years I've gone from a low of 199lbs. to my current weight. I've always been an active person, I did martial arts for several years (Hapkido and Judo) and I've been off and on with weight training, and, of course, bike riding. Seems like in my twenties, I could always drop about 8-10 lbs pretty easily with just raising my activity level a bit. But now that I've hit 30, that's all changed.
Just before Christmas last year, I decided my home workouts plus martial arts activities weren't cutting it anymore as I seemed to be gaining weight, so I signed up with the local gym. Since then, I've been going there 3-4 times a week lifting weights and doing cardio for an hour each time. I try to do really vigorous workouts with few breaks, making sure I'm really fatigued by the time I leave. In the past this would be a sure-fire way for my to drop some excess pounds. Not this time. Instead, the post-30 version of myself has gained 8 lbs.
Now, I'm assuming most of that is muscle since my pants all still fit the same, while my chest and shoulders have gotten bigger. However, I was hoping to at least drop some weight with the new workout routine. Somewhat exasperated, I recently decided I needed to get back on the bike since, in the past, that has been the activity that has helped me lose the most weight. I even bought a new bike (Hardrock Sport) since my road bike starts to get uncomfortable for rides over 10 miles. Love the new bike, and I've been riding as much as I can while still devoting some time to my wife and young children. I've done about 100 miles in the past two weeks. Weight loss so far - ZERO LBS.
It looks like now I'll have to resort to the one thing I've always struggled with - changing my diet. It's not that I'm a pig or anything, but I do love pizza and probably eat fast food more often than I should. In the past I didn't really have to worry about what I ate all that much because the exercise alone was enough for me to lose weight.
Anyone else struggled with it getting harder to lose weight as you get older? I knew it would happen eventually, but I thought it would be a bit more gradual instead of just hitting a brick wall as soon as I turned 30.