I’ve been thinking about my last post for a day now and I think it would be helpful to post a list of the choices and lifestyle decisions that led me to go from 155lbs and 6% body fat to 206lbs and 26% body fat.
1. I left the fire department in 1999 and my activity level decreased significantly. From that point on my workouts for the next several years were sporadic. RESULT= +5lbs (overall weight = 160lbs)
2. In 2000 a good friend introduced me to how to cook steak and mashed potatoes and I started eating steak and mashed potatoes all too often and consumed probably 2 to 3 portions of each since I rarely had anyone to share them with. RESULT= +5lbs (overall weight = 165lbs)
3. From 1999 – 2001 I found out one of my roommates also enjoyed professional wrestling and so we started watching both Monday Night Raw and Thursday night’s Smackdown- and chowing down on a pizza as we watched. During the course of a show I would usually eat half a Dominoes pizza and several bread sticks or cinnamon sticks. RESULT= +3lbs (overall weight = 168lbs)
4. Early in 2001 I had an emergency appendectomy and was off my feet for about 2-3 weeks. Thanks to decreased activity with no corresponding decrease in my caloric I was adding on pounds quickly. It was the first time in my life that I weighed over 170lbs. RESULT= +6lbs (overall weight = 174lbs)
5. 2001 – 2004, law school was extremely stressful for both academic and personal reasons. I also returned to my habit off too many steak and mashed potato meals. RESULT= +26lbs (overall weight = 200lbs)
6. 2003 I had a mysterious illness that lasted about 2 months during which I dropped about 30 lbs in a little over a month. I was miserable, vomiting anytime I ate just about anything. The only food I could keep down were small handfuls of Cheerios throughout the day. Luckily, the illness simply disappeared on its own and left me at about 170 lbs- unfortunately it had robbed me of much of my muscle tone as well as my fat. RESULT= -30lbs (overall weight = 170lbs)
7. 2003 – 2004, I met my future wife and fell in love. Both her and her mother were good cooks and I had just come off being so sick and eating so little I was determined to eat lots of food and enjoy it. RESULT= +28lbs (overall weight = 198lbs)
9. 2004 – 2007, marital bliss set in and my wife and I proved to be a great cooking combination. I often found myself eating seconds and thirds of dinner. I also didn’t exercise at all. I spent most of my time at the archives doing research and ignoring my bodies need for physical activity. RESULT= +31lbs (overall weight = 206lbs)
Then there I was, 206lbs and 26+% body fat. It was all too easy to see how I got there, but it was hard to see what it would take to get back to where I once was.