On November 29, 2009, I finally had it with my excess weight, and was determined to start a significant weight loss. I have eliminated desserts, in-between meal snacks, solid snacks at movies, and limit my evening snack to an apple, or other fruits. When my weight loss slows, I will initiate additional eating behavior changes to ensure I don't plateau. (I did not need to initiate additional eating changes. Surprisingly, I lost the 150 pounds by adhering faithfully to my initial changes.)I was feeling very positive about starting a major weight loss on July 1, 2009, and several times since then. I had delusions of loosing at least 10 pounds during July. In July, I did loose 5 pounds the first week, but returned to my old habits. On November 29, 2009, I was 9 pounds heavier than I was on July 1, 2009. Let's see - 9 pound gain in 5 months, total failure. This lack of weight loss is absolutely not acceptable, I have to get my act together, and loose substantial weight. In the past, this less than stellar performance would result in my giving up on the weight loss goal, and stop trying. Not this time - I focused on a major permanent weight loss, and when I faltered, I got back on my feet, refocused, and did not give up like I did previously when my weight loss progress stagnated.
By November 29, 2009, I had regained the 70 pounds that I lost during 1999 plus a 55 pounds bonus. I spent 28 weeks loosing 70 pounds in 1999 (ending in August, 1999 when I started a vacation), and the next 10+ years regaining all the weight I lost plus the 55 pound bonus. On November 29, 2009, I was 125 pounds heavier than I was in August of 1999. My lofty goals for loosing substantial weight in July / August / September / October / November of 2009 certainly did not pan out. I am definitely disappointed / frustrated / annoyed (and every other synonym available) at this unfortunate fact. Overall, I am very disappointed (and embarrassed) by this constant weight gain, and my lack of substantial action about loosing it. I have wanted to loose weight since I gained all I lost back, but unfortunately, I have experienced only multiple false starts, at least one false start a week. Finally, on November 29, 2009, I had it with the excess weight, and was determined to start a major, permanent weight loss. I am ecstatic about my weight loss since November 29, 2009; however, I also realize this is just a start, and I must focus to ensure it continues. My goal is to loose a total of 150 pounds by the end of 2011 (achieved 150 pounds shed goal during August, 2011).
Most of my substantial weight losses have been in years ending in 9. In 1979, I completed a 50 pound weight loss, and was the thinnest of my adult life, about 175 pounds or so lighter than my weight on November 29, 2009. In 1989, I lost about 60 pounds, and in 1999, I lost 70 pounds. Unfortunately, I gained the weight back along with a bonus each time. In 2009, I hope to start a repeat of my weight loss successes in years ending in 9. The main difference is I want the weight loss in 2009 / 2010 / 2011 to be permanent unlike the previous weight losses which unfortunately were all temporary. Now that I have achieved my goal of shedding 150 pounds, my main priority is to ensure I don't gain it back. I know it will be difficult to maintain the loss since I failed to keep prior losses from returning with a bonus. I am optimistic that I will manage to keep the 2009 / 2010 / 2011 loss from slowly returning.I am enjoying my retirement immensely, and only have one regret - I did not loose significant weight since I stopped working. I hope to have many more enjoyable years of retirement, but I want them to be as a thinner man (just thinner, I know I won't be thin). Now that I have achieved my goal of being thinner, my new goal is to ensure I stay that way.
...When I loose another 10 pounds, or horror of horrors, gain 10 pounds...
* Weight fluctuated greatly due to digestive system "bug"
a - Christmas Holidays
b - Experimenting with different foods / portions for future maintenance mode
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