I am a 42-year-old job seeking male. I decided with health care costs spiraling out of control, my weight could be an issue in getting a job so I decided to do something about my weight.
Since March 16, 2010, I have dropped over 150 pounds.
UPDATE – I am now back in the workforce!!!
Starting Weight -323
Current Weight – 170.7
Goal – 175
For the most part I have used a low carb diet based on Atkins and Sugar Busters.
My menu has been mostly eggs, cheese, chicken, hamburger, olive oil, red wine vinegar, red beans and raw spinach with a string cheese snack. Other than the occasional cheat, those ingredients have comprised the majority of my meals for the last 16 months.
I have tried to keep calories and sodium under 1500 every day. I started the first 5 months not paying too much attention to sodium but due to blood pressure issues, I do try to keep it under 1500 most days.
Just as in any 12 step program, I seek progress not perfection. Take the diet a day at a time. If you have a bad day, don’t use this as an excuse to quit. Simply start over. Get through each day. Don’t worry about tomorrow.
Unfortunately I am still seeking employment but at least I have knocked off over 150 pounds.
People keep asking for a before /after photo set. I don’t have any decent shots of before. Not really possible back then.
I gave up alcohol for a whole year before I started dieting, so the picture above has to be more than 323.
This picture is at least 116 pounds lighter than the before picture. Still have some work to do but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, doctor or physical trainer. Any wisdom gleaned from these pages is to be used at your own discretion. All information should be used only for entertainment purposes. Consult your doctor before starting a diet. :P