I started my journey with health in 2015 at between 312 and 320 lbs. I don’t know exactly how high it was because I was too afraid to look. On August 31, 2015, I weighed myself at 312 lbs. My wife and I began our first Whole30, and within a month, I had lost over 20 lbs. 11 months later and adhering to a strict Paleo diet and without exercise, an additional 110 lbs was shed. Adding exercise, I lost an additional 20 lbs.
Today, I weigh around 184 lbs. The lowest I ever got to was 160 lbs, and I was able to stay in the mid 170’s for a long time until I went to Scotland last year. Since returning, my weight has been in the 180’s. This is due mostly to a lack of steady exercise, a lack of solid sleep, and some bad eating habits.
Three years and eight months after my wife and I took our first steps toward being healthier, I’m still down 130 lbs. I’m actively recommitted to dropping at least 10 lbs, with 20 lbs being the ultimate goal. With that said, I’m much healthier now than I was, and even if I were to remain at my current weight for the rest of my life, I’d be happy with it. I can wear normal clothes, I’m active and fit, and I feel great.
Was it easy? Well, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, but no, it wasn’t easy. I had to use a lot of discipline and motivation, but I had learned about delayed gratification and working towards a goal. I set my mind toward success and never let anything get in the way between me and my goals.
Today, I’m a little heavier than I’d like, but I’m working on it. I allow myself too many opportunities to eat foods that aren’t Paleo and to imbibe alcohol on occasions where I should just say no. Part of the problem is that I know how relatively easy it really is to lose weight. It’s not nearly as hard as I thought it would be, so that allows me to be a little lax. I need to cut that out.
But, with all that said, I’m proof that you can lose a lot of weight and keep it off. I’m actually below my one year loss weight, which I will take as a great success. Sure, I’m not at my lightest, but I’m also okay with that. As long as I can get to within 10-15 lbs of that, I’ll be happy.