Well, it took three years of a seesaw battle, but I finely made my goal weight. I know this is no where near the pounds that many have lost, but it is a big deal to me. I started out at 220 pounds in 2008 and worked down to 199. The winters have been my downfall. I went back up to 213 by the next spring. Again, I dropped back down in 2009 to 190, but back to 205 over the winter. So, I started this spring back at 205 and now down to my goal weight of 185. The last 5 have been a killer, but thanks to the encouragement from many here on the forum, I was able to stick with it this time and hit my goal. I think that I could stand to lose another 5, but 'I'll have to see how I continue to progress. I have been at 185 before a couple of time in my life, but neither time was done right. The one time was after my divorce. The stress caused me not to eat much. The other was by working out, but I used some ephedra based products that were legal at the time. I am ashamed that I even did it. This time though, it was nothing but hard work and proper nutrition. I try to give a brief description of what I did to lose the weight for those that are interested.
Nothing special here, but working out at least 3 times a week. I found that I lost more consistently when I get a forth day in though. I try to do a minimum of 45 minutes of some cardio each time. Also, I feel that cross trainning is a huge part of my success. Right now I do 1 day of circuit weight training, 1 day of running, 1 day of mountain biking and 1 day of swimming. I am training for my first triathlon right now, so the swimming is new, but two days of any of the others still works well.
Again, not rocket science here. I am not a calorie counter for the record, but I did dial things in by doing the following. I quit having cold cereal for breakfast. Instead, I switched to oatmeal and a piece of fruit. I have a couple of non fat yogurts or fruits/vegetables for snacks during the day. For lunch I have a sandwich on 12 grain bread and a lean meat. For dinner I have the most problem since Mrs. Pumper fixes that. Fortunately she now cooks no red meat which has helped and I have learned what I real portion is.
I really don't take any supplements other then a simple mutli-vitamin and some omega 3, plus some extra vitamin D3. The last two I take because of some issues with what we suspect are an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder problem. It has not cured all my symptoms, but it has gone a long way. Plus, I feel better then I have in years by taking it.
So now for the pictures. The second one was taken while I was at 26 percent body fat at 207 pounds. I got up to 220 and I have no pictures at that weight. The first is me today. The pants that I have on are from when I weighed the most.