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Jim's Weight Reduction

Update - November 29, 2015

I am happy that I weigh 30 pounds less on November 29, 2015 than I did on November 29, 2014. However, I must not loose sight of the unfortunate fact that I still weigh 70 pounds more than I did on November 29, 2011. Even worse, I had gained an additional 20 pounds after November 29, 2014 before I came to my senses, and lost 50 pounds before November 29, 2015. As pleased as I am that I lost the 30 pounds, I must focus on loosing as much of the still excess 70 pounds as I can by November 29, 2016.

Update - November 29, 2014

With much embarrassment and disappointment, I am sad to admit I weigh about 100 pounds more than I did on November 29, 2011. It is difficult to determine the exact weight gain since I have a stomach bug with its asssociated weight fluctuations. It is +/- a couple pounds of a 100 pound gain. I was totally out of control from an eating perspective. I still weigh 65 pounds less than my highest weight on November 29, 2009, but am totally disgusted with my 100 pound gain over a 3 year period.

I did not post a status update last year (probably due to gross disappointment/ disgust); however, on November 29, 2013, I had gained 76 pounds from my lowest weight point on November 29, 2011.

I am immediately returning to the eating behaviors that resulted in a 165 pound loss between November 29, 2009, and November 29, 2011. I hope to report a minimum 70 pounds loss between November 29, 2014, and November 29, 2015.

Update - November 29, 2012

A bit of a disappointment on this third anniversary of the start of my weight loss. I weigh 122 pounds less than I did on November 29, 2009. I am happy that I weigh 122 pounds less on this third anniversary, but very disappointed that I weigh 43 pounds more than I did last year on this date. I did revert back at times to old eating behaviors particularly during summer vacation. I will now focus again on the behaviors that worked so great for the first two years of my weight reduction, and hope to weigh 166 pounds (the original 165 pounds lost in the first two years + 1) less on November 29, 2013 than I did on November 29, 2009. I have learned my lesson. I have to be vigilant, and when I falter as we all do, get back on track quickly like I did the first two years.

Update - November 29, 2011

I have lost 165 pounds since starting my weight loss two years ago today. I hope next year on this date, I can still post that I weigh at least 150 pounds less than I did on November 29, 2009 .

Update - August 15, 2011

I am now a proud member of the over 100 pounds lost club, and the over 150 pounds lost club as well! I lost 153 pounds between November 29, 2009 and August 15, 2011. This 153 pounds loss is great; I have now achieved my goal of loosing 150 pounds. My biggest challenge will be ensuring I keep the weight off something I failed to do with prior weight losses.

Original Post - November 29, 2009

On November 29, 2009, I finally had it with my excess weight, and was determined to start a significant weight loss. I have eliminated desserts, in-between meal snacks, solid snacks at movies, and limit my evening snack to an apple, or other fruits. When my weight loss slows, I will initiate additional eating behavior changes to ensure I don't plateau. (I did not need to initiate additional eating changes. Surprisingly, I lost the 150 pounds by adhering faithfully to my initial changes.)

I was feeling very positive about starting a major weight loss on July 1, 2009, and several times since then. I had delusions of loosing at least 10 pounds during July. In July, I did loose 5 pounds the first week, but returned to my old habits. On November 29, 2009, I was 9 pounds heavier than I was on July 1, 2009. Let's see - 9 pound gain in 5 months, total failure. This lack of weight loss is absolutely not acceptable, I have to get my act together, and loose substantial weight. In the past, this less than stellar performance would result in my giving up on the weight loss goal, and stop trying. Not this time - I focused on a major permanent weight loss, and when I faltered, I got back on my feet, refocused, and did not give up like I did previously when my weight loss progress stagnated.

By November 29, 2009, I had regained the 70 pounds that I lost during 1999 plus a 55 pounds bonus. I spent 28 weeks loosing 70 pounds in 1999 (ending in August, 1999 when I started a vacation), and the next 10+ years regaining all the weight I lost plus the 55 pound bonus. On November 29, 2009, I was 125 pounds heavier than I was in August of 1999. My lofty goals for loosing substantial weight in July / August / September / October / November of 2009 certainly did not pan out. I am definitely disappointed / frustrated / annoyed (and every other synonym available) at this unfortunate fact. Overall, I am very disappointed (and embarrassed) by this constant weight gain, and my lack of substantial action about loosing it. I have wanted to loose weight since I gained all I lost back, but unfortunately, I have experienced only multiple false starts, at least one false start a week. Finally, on November 29, 2009, I had it with the excess weight, and was determined to start a major, permanent weight loss. I am ecstatic about my weight loss since November 29, 2009; however, I also realize this is just a start, and I must focus to ensure it continues. My goal is to loose a total of 150 pounds by the end of 2011 (achieved 150 pounds shed goal during August, 2011).

Most of my substantial weight losses have been in years ending in 9. In 1979, I completed a 50 pound weight loss, and was the thinnest of my adult life, about 175 pounds or so lighter than my weight on November 29, 2009. In 1989, I lost about 60 pounds, and in 1999, I lost 70 pounds. Unfortunately, I gained the weight back along with a bonus each time. In 2009, I hope to start a repeat of my weight loss successes in years ending in 9. The main difference is I want the weight loss in 2009 / 2010 / 2011 to be permanent unlike the previous weight losses which unfortunately were all temporary. Now that I have achieved my goal of shedding 150 pounds, my main priority is to ensure I don't gain it back. I know it will be difficult to maintain the loss since I failed to keep prior losses from returning with a bonus. I am optimistic that I will manage to keep the 2009 / 2010 / 2011 loss from slowly returning.

I am enjoying my retirement immensely, and only have one regret - I did not loose significant weight since I stopped working. I hope to have many more enjoyable years of retirement, but I want them to be as a thinner man (just thinner, I know I won't be thin). Now that I have achieved my goal of being thinner, my new goal is to ensure I stay that way.

...Next Update...
...When I loose another 10 pounds, or horror of horrors, gain 10 pounds...

Weight loss since
November 29, 2009
DateLostTotal Lost

* Weight fluctuated greatly due to digestive system "bug"

a - Christmas Holidays

b - Experimenting with different foods / portions for future maintenance mode

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