Eighteen months ago today, I started a weight-loss journey. On 01 January 2010, I weighed 213 pounds. I was heavier than I’d ever been in my life.

For the first three months, I struggled to find a fitness regimen that worked for me. Eventually I discovered Crossfit. Meanwhile, I learned to eat more healthfully. (I haven’t been perfect over the past eighteen months, but my diet has improved substantially. I eat Real Food most of the time now, and that’s what counts.)

Now, after a year-and-a-half, I’ve reached my goal weight. I’ve lost fifty pounds. Here are the basic stats:

01 Jan 2010: 213# (35% fat, 30% muscle) with 42-1/2 inch waist
01 Jul 2011: 163# (20% fat, 38% muscle) with 32-1/2 inch waist

Since the start of 2010, I’ve dropped fifty pounds from my weight and ten inches from my waistline. I used to carry nearly 75 pounds of fat; today I carry about 33 pounds of fat. In other words, I lost 42 pounds of fat. (I also lost roughly two pounds of muscle. Not sure what the other six pounds were. Brain mass?)

The exciting thing for me (and for Kris, and for my trainer Cody) is that I can now shift my focus from weight loss to general fitness. Instead of stressing over calories, I can concentrate instead on making smart choices with my food, and on making exercise a routine part of my life. (Well, it already is a routine part of my life. But I want to keep it that way.)

If things go according to plan, I’ll maintain at 160 pounds (+/- three pounds) for years to come. When I dropped from 200 pounds to 160 pounds in 1997, I regained ten pounds within a year, and then another ten pounds within two more years. That’s not going to happen again.

I promise you: These fifty pounds are gone for good.

6 Replies to “Fifty Pounds”

  1. Kay Lynn says:

    Congratulations, JD. It sounds like you’ve made the changes to ensure the weight is gone for good.

  2. Quest says:

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Bet you feel a whole lot fitter, lighter and healthier. 42 pounds of fat is a heavy weight to carry and I bet it feels good to have lost it.

  3. Matt Haughey says:

    Congrats, dude! That’s really spectacular and you’ve been an inspiration to me as I’ve lost ~25lbs since last xmas. I’m hoping to get another 20 off by the end of the year.

  4. Heather says:

    Congrats! Well done 🙂

    Much of the other six pounds was probably water. But depending on how the measurements were done, the 42 might include water weight.

  5. Kevin M says:

    Great accomplishment JD, I think you weigh less that me now! I need to lose a few as well. You have changed, I’d bet you’ll never gain it back.

  6. Claudia Gates says:

    It’s wonderful to see such great results from all your hard work!! Good job, J.D. – Claudia

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