Well it's been about 3 months and thought I'd post an update. Most of the summer, I've been interval training on a bike every other day and lifting weights on my off days. The work out time was about an hour each day. Seems it worked best for me in the evenings. Usually I'd take 1 to 2 days off a week.
On the diet front, pretty much eliminated alcohol and sweets from my diet (that's not to say I didn't enjoy them all. ) Cut way back on portion sizes and less carbs and more vegetables. Typical meal plan for me was a 1/4 cup oatmeal with a teaspoon of flax seed in morning. Dinner was 1 piece of bread with turkey, lettuce and light mayo, carrots and an apple for mid afternoon snack. Supper was about anything, but just smaller portions.
When I started in late May, I was about 220. This morning I weighed in at 191..
You know it really wasn't that tough. Never figured it would be this easy to drop weight. Interval training is difficult at first, but it's an awesome way to burn calories and also get it done in a fairly short time frame so you have time for other things.
I feel great and my girth is visibly different. There are a couple inches of space there now when I pull my pants out. It's been very interesting for me to track by blood pressure during this all. At the beginning I was border line needing medication for high blood pressure, and now it's running on the low side. Have to think my cholesterol and triglyceride levels have all improved.
My best advice to people is to try to stay flexible. I had some injuries early on in this process and simple switched to a different form of exercise. Same deal on the diet front. Start slow and ramp up. Be satisfied with small victories. I hit a wall about half way through and didn't seem to lose anything for a week or two, but kept at it and pushed through it.
Now to keep the weight off! I think it's just a matter of not getting lazy and paying attention to my diet and exercise times.
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