For about 14 years now I've had a major fight with my weight, and until this year it's been a losing battle. Here and there I've been able to drop small amounts in short periods, but it keeps coming back, often with reinforcements.
I've been participating in a karate class with coworkers for almost 2.5 years now, and despite some intense workouts the weight wasn't coming off, nor was any appreciable muscle mass being gained. I've been trying to prepare for my brown belt test (a 3-4 hour test of strength, skill, and endurance) and wasn't at all confident I'd make it to the end of the test in my (then) current shape.
Then in early March I talked to a nutritionist friend who looked at what I was eating, and with a slight
adjustment of calories per day, swapping out one protein supplement for another, and a higher meal frequency I went from this (Disneyland in October of last year (220+ lbs)):
To this (same clothes, two weeks ago (208 lbs)):
Once I started the current eating plan, my energy levels skyrocketed, the weight started coming off, and I started gaining muscle. It's been quite surprising how quickly things have worked. Karate is no problem now, and I should be testing for brown belt at month's end without fear of exhaustion.
For extra incentive 28 days ago, I joined in on @MomOfRose
's dietbet challenge
plus two other games and actually hit my goal weight late in the second week.
If the weight loss continues at its current pace, I'm on track to be around 200lbs at Expo.