Red banner day

For the first time in a really long time (I’m guessing back in 2000, or thereabouts), I weigh less than 200 pounds. I’m wearing pants I haven’t worn for a similar length of time, too.

I don’t even know how much I weighed at my peak—I didn’t bother getting on a scale until some four or five months into exercising—but I have lost over 25 pounds since I started weighing myself. Most of that was thanks to the unsurprisingly effective combination of eating less (not really “dieting” in any strict sense; just eating less crap and eating less in general) and exercising more.

I’ve lost the most-recent pounds without exercising, however. Sunriver was the straw that broke my already-broken schedule completely, and I still haven’t figured out a routine that I can keep reliably. The last week I’ve been fighting off a sore throat/cough combination bug that’s taken most of the wind out of my sails… long story short, I’ve gone about two weeks without exercise. And yet I still lost enough weight (muscle mass) to hit a milestone.

I still have a good bit more I need to lose, but I’m glad that I’ve finally turned the corner in this battle.


4 Responses to Red banner day

  1. GreyDuck says:

    Hot DAMN, sir. Well done.
    (I’m inching down toward that mark myself… it’s not that far to go, but when you’re a stress-snacker… ugh.)

  2. Brent says:

    Thanks! My problem was (mostly) a wholly sedentary lifestyle (dancing once a week doesn’t count) and a love of Mountain Dew. I’m now drinking a whole lot of tea, and watching anime while I exercise… and things seem to be working better.

  3. Dancing once a week would count if you danced like this:
    Seriously, good for you, Brent. Keep it up and you’ll feel better in general. Cutting out the crap from your diet is good and so is combining anime with exercise. If your athletic activity is something you enjoy then it will be easier to do. Also, I presume that you’re drinking tea with little or no high-calorie sweetener – beware the milky tea with four sugars if you want to lose weight, however sublime it may be.

  4. Brent says:

    Yeah, I don’t think my body was meant to move that quickly and/or precisely—regardless of how fit I am.
    I used to have semi-regular heartburn; that’s disappeared with my weight loss. Beyond that, most of the benefits so far seem to be related to external appearance… I don’t know that I have more energy, or am more mentally adroit, or whatnot than before. (Then again, I still have a ways to go.)
    You presume correctly about my tea: black, green, oolong, random other varieties, all sans sugar. And, yeah, exercising with entertainment >> exercising without entertainment. The latter was a torture that I could never stick with, while the former is actually kind of fun and something I look forward to.


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