I went to bed yesterday thinking that I could not remember what was my caloric intake when I began my diet last year. I am now down to 1,400 calories a day and I always try to actually stay under it by 100 calories or so knowing that at least once or twice  a month I may go over because an unsuspected sausage biscuit may happened to cross my path in a moment of weakness.  The Noom app is worth its code in gold just for the extensive database of meals with its calories by portions which makes easy as hell to control what you eat.  But I found out it also keeps your history of calories consumed along with your weight and I have to say, modesty aside, I impressed the hell out of myself.

I reduced my calories by more than 1,000!

I weighed myself this morning at 236 pounds, but I do not declare that being official unless I keep it or go under that for three days on a row.  So, for accounting purposes, I have lost 163 pounds since I began dieting almost a year and a half ago.  Back then, I was starting to buy 4XL clothing (one of the things that hinted strongly I needed to lose some pounds) and I am now having to buy new clothes in Large because most of my stuff is simply too big and I look like the youngest kid in the family who inherited the older brothers’ apparel.

Although the “experts” say I should be weighing 160 pounds (Not since 1977, so screw that), my final goal is 220 pounds/100 kilos, a nice even number.  According to Noom, I should be reaching that number sometime before Thanksgivings which means I will celebrate with a plateful of the Missus “Four to Six Cheeses Thanksgivings Lasagna.” after that, I’ll just worry about staying in the neighborhood with a plus/minus 2 pounds variation which is (for some mysterious reason) what you gain when you eat one single Cracker Barrel Country Ham biscuit, go figure.

So I could never dance, I quit drinking decades ago, I quit smoking 5 years ago in November and now I stopped overindulging myself with food and moved back to Tennessee. Shit, I believe I became a Baptist when I wasn’t looking 😀


UPDATE: I have been told apparently there is some sort of unwritten law where I am supposed to post before and after photos. The only one I have of me “before” showing the circumference is one from 7 years ago and I reckon some 350 to 360 pounds.  The after photo is from 10 days ago.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

19 thoughts on “Holy crap! I can’t believe I did this. (Update)”
  1. Congratulations, Miguel! It’s really amazing to think you’ve lost more than a full person. Lots of adults don’t weigh what you lost.

    There’s a diet doctor I read who says, “all diets work in the short term, the trick is keeping it off.” Don’t throw out the scale when you consider yourself done.

    Yeah, I’m a veteran of that, too, but I only lost like 65 or 70 pounds.

  2. Wow! That’s awesome. Reminds me I need to do that. Again. Now that I’m older I don’t need anywhere near as much food or alcohol. I’m being warned by my endocrinologist to limit carbs to under 40G/meal.

    Awhile ago I asked my doctor what he thought of the juicing diet. He said “look, all those diet are just mechanisms to watch what you eat. If you hold it to 1500 calories a day, a guy your size will lose 5 lbs a month easy.

    Tracking what you stuff in your gob works. You learn pretty quickly what foods are ‘expensive’. Like Cheese. Drop the cheese off that burger and you’ll save 100-200 calories. Snack foods are expensive – high calorie, low filling.

    You’re an inspiration, I’ll start this back up today.

    (he says after drinking 9 beers yesterday…)

  3. Congratulations! You have discovered and demonstrated that it IS possible to shed unwanted/unneeded lbs! Your body will LOVE you for what you are doing for it!

  4. Congrats man. I decided I needed to get in shape in case I needed to do the Kenosha mile.

    I started doing keto a couple of months ago and it’s been amazing. Dropped 10lbs immediatly and I’m on the way to 30 here real quick. But all the meat, eggs, and cheese I can eat and I’m super happy. Like the diet was made for me. Keeping to less than 20g carbs per day is the only rule. When tortilla chips have like 35g for 7 chips that was a shocker since I’d eat most of the bag with chilli.

    For the guys interested check out Dr Ken berry on YouTube. Really encouraging dude since he started at 295 and is now 225. Keto is like Atkins but Atkins didn’t know why it worked. Keto is the result of the research.

  5. Good work! Now the hard part, keeping it off. I got all the way up to 450 lbs at age 21. Dropped 100 lbs in 15 months. Dropped to 270 when diagnosed with diabetes at age 33.

    Now weigh 185 in my 60s. Wish I had not abused my back and knees all of those years with the extra weight, but better late than never. You won’t regret dropping the weight.

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