Arrived, maybe, I think ...
I started my weight loss & fitness program at the beginning of this year, pretty much as a New Years resolution that I actually planned for almost a month before the actual start date. (A month I used to excellent advantage, putting on almost 10 lbs ... sigh).
My goal has moved a number of times, (each time getting set lower), but it's been pretty steady at 155 lbs for a while. Today, for the first time in probably 7 years or so, the scale read 155.0 lbs.
I started at 227.5 as of January 2nd of this year, so I've lost a total of 72.5 lbs in about 7.5 months, or nearly 10 lbs per month on the average. My BMI has gone from 35 to 24; my waist size from 42" to 32", and my body fat percentage (measured using waist size, so it's not really accurate) has gone from almost 27% to below 18%. I'm sad to report, though, that my age has continued to increase, and I will still be 60 years old if I live for another few months.
Almost more importantly than the numbers, I've raided the attic, and all my old "skinny" clothes fit. Who says mens' suits go out of style after 27 years??? And tight, flare-bottom jeans are still COOL, especially on little old Italian-American guys from Joisey.
According to the spreadsheets I use for tracking, predicting and calculating things, I'm running a deficit of about 900 calories per day right now. I intend to increase my calorie consumption by about 400 calories for a month or so, track my weight, and then increase by 200 for a month, 100 for the next month etc, until my weight stabilizes. So that means I'll keep losing for a little while, albeit much more slowly. This was budgeted into the plan - I'd like to finish up at about 150 lbs by Christmas.
Why 150? Two silly reasons. One is that, years ago, when I rode a lot, that's what I weighed. The other is that about a year ago, when I started posting here, somebody said, "Face it, you're never going to be that 150 lb roadie again." Saying something like that to me is about the best way to make sure that's exactly what I'm going to do.
I haven't technically been a Clyde for a number of months, but I feel a kinship with a lot of the folks who post here because we're fighting the same battle. And based on my previous experience, I'm headed now for the hardest part of the battle, i.e. keeping the weight off. I'll need all the support I can get, and this is a great place to get it.