|Start Weight:||(19 Apr 10) 240.0 lb|
|Current Weight:||(05 Feb 12) 227.0 lb|
|Goal Weight:||145.0 lb|
performance: losing 1.3 lb a week
San Francisco journalist getting over 22 years of what I *thought* was a super healthy diet.
I'm a *former* vegetarian, who used to work out obsessively and subsist on 1200 calories a day. I'm now following a WAP/super-nutrition version of Atkins, while keeping the Schwartzbien Principle in mind for the future, when I get to maintenance.
My weight gain of 70 lbs happened in less than a year -- when in 2008 I added fats, dairy and meat back into my diet after what amounts to starving myself for so long. While it's true that I was "thinner" as a vegetarian, I was far less healthy, eating almost no fat and very few calories to maintain that "thinner" weight. I lived on tiny "black bean salads" and soy. Because I ate no fat, little protein and only fiber-packed carbs -- I had trouble concentrating, was irritable, and believed I suffered from ADD.
I discovered WAP, and at that point it was clear my health was being compromised by the way I was eating. After doing quite a bit of research and reading several books, including Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories," I started eating WAP and just letting my body do what it wanted. I decided that when it plateaued at whatever weight it wanted to grow to, I would stay at that weight for at least a year and if nothing changed I would then go on atkins.
So I stopped gaining this time last year, and stayed at 240 all year. So now it's time to lose it. I like the idea of Diana Schwartzbien - "You have to be healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to be healthy."
My goal is to weigh and maintain a healthy 145 by March of 2011, although to be honest, I would be happy being a fit, athletic 165. The two most important results of this for me are to (1) maximize my physical and mental health so that I can accomplish my creative and professional goals while enjoying living in the world and knowing my fellow man, and (2) to wear all my old cute, vintage clothes, and buy plenty of new ones!
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