About 3 months ago, my wife and I found ourselves complaining because we were so full from dinner. Now, I am talking FULL to the point where our stomachs hurt, we were tired & grumpy and our clothes refused to fit. Let's face it, we needed to lose some weight.
We talked for a few minutes and decided to do Weight Watchers. I thought in my head, "Yeah right, I'll do it because YOU want to do it, but I doubt it'll work well." Ok, so I am a skeptic on some things. I love my wife dearly, but I was unsure about showing my weaknesses in front of others.
So we joined WW and it was great. We went to every meeting, learned better ways to cook and we still got to eat anything we wanted. The great thing is it's not a diet. It truly is a lifestyle change. One of the great things was everyone there is in the same boat. We were all overweight and needed help.
Want to know what my average Sunday lunch was? A double cheeseburger from Paul's (awesome burger joint by us), large fries, deep-fried zucchini sticks with ranch dressing shared with the wife and a peanut butter cup shake. Hmmm, lemme think... why did you feel like crap again, Al? Yeah, I was bad. I wasn't a very good influence either.
One of the worst things about being overweight was my back hurting and being out of breath. We walk dogs every Saturday and I would literally walk 100 feet and start complaining about how bad my back hurt. It really did hurt bad, but I was a whiner, too. (Just ask my wife). The dogs could feel how grumpy I was and I knew I needed to do something about it. Plus, I would walk the 13 or 14 steps up to our apt. door and I was out of breath. It was obvious that I was not only out of shape, but that my health was being affected.
We started going to WW meetings, hitting the gym 4-5 times a week and the lbs. started coming off. Slow and true. If you have been following my wife's blog you will know that she is looking so sexy from her loss. 19.2 lbs so far! That is an awesome feat. She really, really looks good. ;)
I started out at 254.5 lbs. The most I have ever weighed. My goal was to lose 30 lbs and see where I went after that. It was tough at times, but easy when you feel how amazing it really does feel. We ate better, too. I crave veggies now. I need to buy stock in Subway and Baja Fresh. Good stuff!!
The results so far, you ask? I have lost 6+ inches on my waist going from a 42 to less than a 36. I have no pants below that so I don't really know where it is. I have lost a total of 40+ lbs, too!!! I fluctuate a bit, but I am right around 214 lbs. My wife has never seen me this thin!! I am so excited and I feel fantastic! I fit into smaller clothes, I can exercise for long periods of time, I am not out of breath and I cut my standing heart rate in half. IN HALF!
Here are the before and after pictures. 254.5 to 214 in 3 months. Weight Watchers works, but I couldn't have done it without the support of my wife, too. Thanks babe!!
I am shooting for under 200 lbs. right now. Just to clean up, get healthy and be able to do things I haven't done before. Maybe run a 5K, bike to the mountains or just get my 6-pack back!