My Fitness Story: Weight Loss and Weight Gain

I’ve had great success and great failure.  Let me tell you my story.

I’d never been a skinny person.  Nor particularly in shape.  But in 2007 my new “desk job” contributed to significant weight gain and I found myself topping the scales at 330 lbs by mid-summer.  I’m 6 ft 5 in.  One night after dinner at Mimi’s Cafe, I remember walking to the car and feeling completely out of breath.  That turned out to be a pivotal moment for me.

Over a one year span, by summer of 2008, I lost 100 lbs.  It was more than a diet.  I’d made a lifestyle change.  I traded my pizza and burgers for salads and apples.  I feasted on broccoli instead of barbecue.  I drank protein shakes as meal replacements.  Along with the healthy diet, I became a regular in the gym.  At least 5 days per week.  Sometimes 7.  Occcasionally twice a day.  I took up mountain biking with fervor.  I ran, I lifted weights.  I even swam from time to time.  I dropped 6+ inches in the waist and a shirt size or two.

By the spring of 2009 I was in the best shape of my life, at 26 years old, weighing less than 220 lbs – a total weight loss of 110 lbs.  I had aspirations of winning races and competing in triathlons.  Some days I would spend 5+ hours doing various forms of exercise.  And, I enjoyed it.  Mountain biking and road biking were my passion.  I hiked a “14er” in Colorado and fell in love with the mountains.

View from the top of my first “14er” – Mt. Bierstadt

Me in July 2009

Deep in my heart, I still loved food.  Now I could eat without guilt.  The sheer number of calories I burned daily during this time afforded me the ability to eat almost anything I wanted, in almost any quantity.  I didn’t gain weight.  Life was good.  I’d found the solution: I could have my cake and eat it too.

During the next 4 years I slowly faded from my healthy lifestyle.  I had good times and I had bad.  For a while I stayed in pretty good shape.  I continued going to the gym, continued biking, and even ate pretty good sometimes.  Little by little, though, old habits returned.  For the most part I continued to eat a lot, without the corresponding exercise to burn those calories.  I would gain 20 lbs and lose 10.  Over and over.  I took solace in food when I was having a bad day or felt stressed.  I celebrated with food when I was having a great day or accomplished something, no matter how minor.

Slowly but surely, I put those 100 lbs back on, one sweet tea at a time.  Fast forward to May 2013, and I once again find myself weighing nearly 320 lbs.  See my latest hike for exactly how out of shape I am.

Me in February 2013

Part of the goal of this blog is to document my weight loss journey again, my second attempt at losing 100 lbs and regaining my fitness.  I hope that my blog readers can find some inspiration or motivation in following this.  I hope that I can find some inspiration by blogging about my journey, my constant struggle between my love of food and my need to be healthier.  I hope to search deeper into myself and analyze what motivates me to lose weight, what causes me to eat the wrong foods and the wrong quantities of those foods.

19 thoughts on “My Fitness Story: Weight Loss and Weight Gain

  1. You can do this! I’m so proud of you for getting back on the proverbial horse. I hit an all time scale high at Thanksgiving last year and I vowed to myself that things HAD TO CHANGE! Since then, I’ve lost 23 lbs to date and hope for about 50 more. We CAN do this AND keep it off for good!

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  5. The first and a lot important step is to find rid of all of the unhealthy food in your home office and
    vow that it’s not allowed back in. This runner can eat 200 calories each day more than a non-active person (not dieting) and now have a daily 500 calorie deficit. Hippocrates, the daddy of medicine, said over 2000 in the past, all disease begins in the gut.

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