I have struggled for years . About 6 months ago I seen my doctor and my BP was out of control. I had been on BP meds once before and was taken off of it. She wanted to put me on again and I was not having it. I am 5'7" and at the time 207lbs. I wore xlarge shirts, and just barely fit into a 38 waist. I was a mess . As she was telling me about all the potential issues (that I had heard before) something snapped. As she was writing a script on her pad I told her I was not going to take it, Instead I wanted to drop some major weight. She insisted and I just said she could write it but next time I come I still will not have taken it, but I would have lost weight. I left with script in hand and a plan in my head.
I went home and I boxed up anything that was pre-packaged in my house. That left me with a bare cabinet. I went in the fridge and tossed out all condiments, butter, milk, etc leaving me with an empty fridge. My buddy did not have to shop for weeks after I brought it all to his house. The next day I went shopping. No list of diet items or anything like that. Frankly I refused to call what I was doing a diet. I was just changing my lifestyle. I stocked up on chicken, fat free yogurt, frozen greens, fresh greens, and so on and got to work. From this point on I was going to cook it all fresh or I was not eating it.
6 months later I am happy to report that I am 157 lbs and holding steady. 50lbs I have shed. I wear medium shirts, and a 31 waist. I did not take before photos because I was so ashamed of the way I look. I am still not some chiseled god and I still have a lot of work to do. So Whats next? Well about 2 months ago I started biking. I pedal from 8-20 miles per day on my mountain bike. And today I joined my local rec center for a whopping $55 for 6 months. I have tried to work out in the past, and failed. I just have always been intimidated . I am going to give it another go and look to AN for guidance and a good plan to get me going and keep me interested.
Here are a few crappy photos of what I am looking like today. Like I said, I still have a lot of work to do. But imagine 50lbs more on me and you can see why I am pretty happy with what I have done.