I am declaring it official. My weight has dropped back under the 200 lb. mark. I was waiting until the scale consistently read under 200 before I made this declaration. My status as a Clyde is no more.
In February of this year, I was 265 lbs. Something clicked in my head which got me to take action. My diet sucked and I was not as active as I once was. Even when I was riding my bike and exercising more, 250 lbs was the norm. Finally, I realized my appetite was not normal because I was alwYs hungry and felt hopeless for ever getting that under control.
Slowly, I started replacing processed foods with fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grain snacks. A new gas grill got me away from fried meats I had been cooking. Pretty soon, my body started showing a preference for healthier foods. I completely stopped buying fast food and started bringing my lunch to work. I really focused on eating person and fiber rich foods low in fat. That became the key to appetite suppression along with eating smaller amounts more frequently throughout the day. Now, I don't obsess over what I will eat next because I know when and what to eat next.
Exercise was the other side of the coin. I have always enjoyed doing stuff. Riding my bike had becom less frequent until I made the commitment to get healthy. I ride every other day, at least an hour. The days I don't ride, I work out. Walking everyday for 30 minutes also is part of my routine. Now, I feel lost without exercise.
This is just a small part of my story and I will keep adding to it. I just wanted to start writing about it to help me reflect on it and share with others my experience.