I started this iPhone app >> My Fitness Pal << eight weeks ago, well it will be eight weeks tomorrow, Friday Aug 6th.
I love my iPhone and the MFP iPhone app has been my weapon of choice in my personal battle of the bulge
So far I've dropped 12/Kg/26lbs
First comparison picture, I've seen others do this, and I wanted to take the pics while I'm still fat, as I won't be forever!
Not long ago, I was really wondering what the heck I could do, I could not seem to drop the weight, I was tired ALL the time, I slept too much and I was a wreak. I'm only 46 years old, I felt 106. I've done every single diet you can name, my shelves are sagging under the weight of diet books, all read, all studied and all now gathering dust.
My lifestyle change (I refuse to call it a DIET!!) is simple, I eat less, I eat good food. Gone of the days of eating stuff out of cardboard boxes, processed food is not something I'll be consuming much anymore.
At first, maybe the first week, I had some troubles with feeling hungry, but not that bad, much less than various diets I'd been on before, but within a week or two, I was really not feeling hungry. The MFP bot decided that I should consume 2200 calories a day, I did that for less than a week and then I dropped that number to 1800 calories and a week or two later, to 1500 calories. At 1800 calories, I seldom came close to that number and I was not hungry, so I decided to lower it to 1500 calories, and I seldom hit that number either. I read labels and now have scales at my home and work. I eat some bread, not much, but we make it, good quality healthy ingredients only please! I have now raised my intake back to 1800 calories a day, as I was too slow to recover from long rides, my body needs more fuel, and today, was the first day back at 1800 calories, and I am honestly having a hard time eating all of those calories I fill up so quickly now, one piece of french toast, one cup of coffee and say 1/4 of an apple and I'm full full full for breakfast.
Some of you might know that I have started cycling again, I use to be into it big time, did not own a car, but I owned three bicycles when I lived in Vancouver, I lived in East Van and I used to ride up to UBC 6 days a week, 32 Km/19.8 miles round trip. When I moved to Japan 20 years ago, I weighed 84Kg/185lbs I had maybe a 15% body fat, I did Aikido every day as well, now 20 years later, I let myself go, BADLY but, I'm turning that all around. I've entered into a 40 Km/25 mile fun ride this coming September 19th, a Sunday, it is called "Tokyo City Cycling" and around 2500 people partake. I have two friends going with me, one of them you guys know, Alex Reid has also singed up to watch me sweat, and another firend a Japanese guy named Hiroshi san. I have every confidence that I'll finish the ride, but I'm training now so I don't embarrass myself...... TOO much Last Sunday I did a 22.5 Km/14 mile ride around Tokyo, and it was stupid hot and stupid sunny and really really stupid humid and I was so stupid to leave at 1 PM (see a pattern here...) I took my time and had a good ride, I drank a LOT of water too. Then on Tuesday I had to go see my chiropractor who is a bit of a ways away, after than I took the very long way home and did a total of 30 Km/18.6 miles on that ride.
I still use the bicycle and trailer that I built everyday for deliveries, I still get weird looks but I'd get those no matter what
I have changed my relationship with food, now it is only a matter of time, and I'll be back in shape.
As my progress continues, I hope you can stand more comparison pics, my goal is to be down below 90 kg/200 pounds by Christmas/New Years. I want to get back down to 84 Kg/185lbs at some point, I hope I can, that would be too cool. When I get closer to 100Kg/220lbs, I'm going to start doing Aikido again, full circle