It took many years to get out of shape. Ten years ago, I weighed 120 lbs give or take 2 or 3, by no means skinny but certainly not obese.
When I started university, I was slightly overweight but was able to slim down relatively quick via exercise, and stayed around the 120 mark. Fast forward 20 years, I entered my forties and gradually added about 3 lbs per year. Last September at 47, I topped the scales at 142 lbs. At the rate of adding 3 lbs per year, I was well on my way to 150 lbs by the time I hit 50.
Why and how had I gained all this weight? Trying to find an answer to this question was pointless. I was wasting my time pondering over my weight gain instead of doing something about it. Something had to change – my lifestyle (fewer treats) and more exercise (running).
Today, a little over a year later, I weigh exactly 125 lbs. My goal weight of 120 lbs is still a long way off but I will get there. For most people, it is easier to gain weight than to lose it. I didn’t gain my extra weight in a few months and I don’t expect to lose it in a few weeks. After all, it has taken me 12 months to drop 17 pounds. By losing weight gradually, through a healthy diet and exercise, it will be easier to keep it from returning. Fad diets and quick weight loss schemes may produce great results in the short-term but they don’t always produce lasting results.
In the end, it may take me a long time to reach my goal weight, but when I get there I plan on staying.
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