Posted by: Michael McCarron | May 23, 2012

Basics Work

Over the last year or so I have lost approximately 40 pounds. At one point during my chubby days, I stepped out of the shower in the morning and got on the scale. Now, I am 5’9″ tall so when I saw 211, let’s just say I was shocked. I have no business being over 200 pounds, let alone another eleven. That was the breaking point.

I started to change my life. I knew that diets didn’t work because, by definition, they end and you go back to eating/doing what you did pre-diet, thus creating the dreaded “yo-yo” phenomenon. I knew I had to make permanent changes which is very easy to say, but quite difficult to actually carry out. When we got my daughter an iPod touch for Christmas I found a free app called MyFitnessPal (a calorie counting aid) and decided to see just how out of whack my eating habits were.

Like most people, I thought I ate fairly well. After I put in my current weight, my goal weight, and the time frame I wanted to lose it all in, I was given about 1580 calories per day. When I took the first day and tallyed my total intake…

Well.

It was in the neighborhood of 3200 calories. With no exercise. No wonder I was carrying a five year old around my waist all day in extra poundage. I was eating double my alloted amount and doing nothing to burn off the pasta, english muffins with peanut butter, and popcorn. Damn.

Let me say this as well: It’s really hard for the first two months or so when you cut back to *proper* portion sizes and eliminate junky food and stop snacking after supper (unless it’s water and fruit/veggies). Quite literally, ALL you think about is food. I dreamt about pasta. Pizza became porn. Let’s not mention beer, shall we? Holy crap, I never knew how much you could crave something until I passed the ice-cream section of the grocery store and had to keep on walking, looking back at the Caramel Crunch Explosion like it was a model in a short skirt giving me a bedroom-eyes twice-over staredown.

It is *really* hard to cut back on food.

But after that initial period, it gets easier. Now my motto is, “It’s easier to have none than some.” I give myself one cheat-day per week and even that is not too bad because I don’t want to ruin the runs and exercise I’ve done that week. Plus, once your stomach gets used to less food coming in, you can’t eat that much anymore. You start looking for things you can eat on cheat day that aren’t that bad, like low-calorie beer. Afternoon snacks become things like yogurt tubes or Skinny Cow ice-cream bars. You start watching American Ninja Warrior and thinking you might be able to do that obstacle course someday, with enough training…or not.

Now I’m back to my university weight of 170-175 pounds. It took some time to get there, but it’s fairly easy to maintain as long as I keep my portion sizes normal and only one cheat day. I’m at the point where I miss my runs if I don’t get them in, which is nice. If you’re in Brooklin, keep an eye out and you might spot me some evening or Sunday morning, sweating and very likely swearing softly to myself.

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