WOW thats a rather nice bod you have there, a real inspiration
Have you any before pics?
Did you work out before the weight loss?
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.
Not a single real standing-solo "before" pic. I managed to be the one who took the pictures during those years. In the group pictures, I picked my spot in the group more "strategically." Anyhow, I don't feel right about posting a group photo.
I lifted weights one summer in high school and then about six months in my early thirties. So not much really. Now with nine consistent months down, this is the longest run ever. We'll see, but I'm optimistic...
On the cardio side, I've turned into a runner. I never once ran over 3 miles before a year ago. Now my "short runs" are 3 to 4 miles and my long runs as long as ten miles and more. And I now love to run - mostly for the wonderful peace of mind it creates.
As far as whether or not I worked out before the weight loss - not at all. In contrast I didn't really start working out seriously until after
the weight loss. (I don't necessarily recommend the "hard way" which I followed.)
I transitioned to more serious workouts as part of my maintenance strategy.
According to the research of the National Weight Control Registry:
We could identify few commonly shared features of how these people lost weight. The only common characteristic was that 89% of registry participants used both diet and physical activity to lose weight: only 10% used diet alone, and 1% used exercise alone.
With high-intensity cardio and weight training, I've dropped about another close to 10 lbs. of fat and added another more than 5 lbs. of muscle. Only about a net 4 lbs. weight loss. However, that change dropped another two inches off my waist, but more importantly, it helps me maintain.
With the diet and low-intensity cardio only, I could consume about 2,500 calories a day to maintain.
With high-intensity cardio and good weight training techniques and the resulting reduced body fat, increased muscle, and much higher metabolism, I now target 3,300 calories a day.
I believe this is what I have to do to maintain, sustain, and succeed. Besides, it feels so good to feel alive and full of energy.
(However actually if you look at the number another way, I'm still a sedentary couch potato roughly 23 hours a day!)
Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring. ~ Jimmy Carter