My doctor told me I had a 90% chance of getting diabetes.
If I didn’t lose 100 lbs in the next year.
I was shocked:
I knew I wasn’t the healthiest person at 306 lbs, but I didn’t think I was that unhealthy.
So, I stopped and collected everything I knew about goals, exercise, and what I had to do.
1: I knew I HAD to lose 100 lbs in the next 12 months.
2: I knew humans do better when they have big goals.
a: But only if those big goals have small milestones I think are achievable.
3: I knew that having a public goal improves success.
4: I knew that visualizing success in a goal also dramatically improves success.
5: I knew that some people do better when money is on the line.
6: I knew that exercise is incredibly beneficial to longevity (lol not linking this — it’s EVERYWHERE!)
7: I knew that calorie reduction is incredibly beneficial to longevity (in mice at least!)
8: I knew I don’t like exercising and like to eat all the time. 😂
So, from this, I drafted a plan.
It is ridiculous.
It is intense.
When I tell people my plan, usually their eyes get big and say I’m ridiculous.
And I absolutely love it.
And it’s super simple.
I eat 1000 calories a day and exercise for 1 hour each day, 7 days a week.
1 day a week, I get to cheat and have what I want.
Later, I added a day of fasting (water only, no food all day). Wonder why? It’s really good for you- you have one set of organs (well, most of us) and I wanted to take better care of mine. Here are some reasons why: https://draxe.com/benefits-fasting/
Yes, 1000 calories are low. For me, this was a test: could I do it? Would it have an effect on my weight? I knew I was disconnected from my body. Somedays, it felt like I was eating or grazing 12 of the 16 hours I was awake: nuts in the morning, kombucha, goldfish, lunch with an added croissant sometimes, dinner, and an after-dinner snack of beef jerky. And, oh, kettle chips (at least before I gave them up)
I wasn’t eating due to hunger. I was eating due to habit. So, I wanted to see if I could get more in tune with my body.
What if I drank water in between meals?
Would I still be desiring food?
What if I actually waited until I was hungry?
I have a much better feeling for how my body is doing.
I can feel when I’m dehydrated and if I have fried or greasy food, I REALLY feel it.
As of today, it’s been 6 weeks and I’ve lost 25 lbs.
I weigh 280 lbs.
My short-term goal (six months) is 250 lbs and my ultimate goal is a healthy weight for my height – around 180 lbs.
Will I always eat 1000 calories?
Nope, I’ll increase it to 1,500-1,800 once I hit my target weight.
So, what am I eating?
It’s quite simple:
Every morning, I have a handful of nuts. I’m following Viome recommendations right now, so I’m often having hazelnuts and brazil nuts. Man, did this make me aware the different in calories between nut types!
For lunch, I usually have a protein shake or a simple salad (often kale, croutons, and dressing).
And for dinner I add variety: it could be 2 ribs, soup, grilled chicken with asparagus, pizza with my wife. It’s usually between 300-500 calories for dinner.
And I always have something I’m excited about on cheat day: sometimes a good root beer and chocolate, an indulgent dinner with friends, or that pastry I’ve been craving.
I added fasting because I’ve always read about the health benefits. After the first time, it actually got much easier. I actually look forward to my fasting day each week — lots of free time 🙂
So, what exercise am I doing?
Strength training. I’ve read the resistance training is best for weight loss.
I started using dailyburn.com for a variety of workouts. I also used youtube: I really like this guy: Relentless Fitness 365.
Every other day, I ride my exercise bike and watch anime while I do.
This is how I link things I don’t like with things I do (see how!). I only allow myself to watch anime when I workout on my exercise bike: as a result I end up being incredibly consistent and I love my workout!
So, when do I exercise?
Alas, late at night. It’s the only time I could figure out to fit an hour in. I’m working on doing it earlier in the day: I recently read that your microbiome has more bacteria awake during lunchtime to process food, so I’m trying to work out first, so I can have a big lunch and go to bed when I want instead of being awake and sweaty.
So, I’m transforming my life one day at a time! On average, I’m actually losing about 3 lbs a week. My first week I dropped 8 lbs.
It’s important to recognize I DID get approval of my doctor before doing this and that I don’t intend to be at 1000 calories forever. This is truly only until I get to a healty weight — and then I will focus on maintaining that weight!
But I have full faith I’ll succeed at that because I’m building habits to lose my weight. Those habits will continue, even if I increase the number of calories I consume each day (which I likely will to the 1,500-1,800 range).
It’s been a great learning experience for me! If you have a clear plan and really commit to yourself, you can accomplish what you desire!