Like me, you may have struggled with a certain weight barrier. For me it has been 215 lbs. I peaked at 236 lbs. but that was temporary and it took work to maintain my weight that high. By “work” I mean a lot of ice cream and Swedish Fish. I’ve hung around 220 lbs. for a large portion of the past 10 years, but 215 lbs. has been the hardest barrier to break. About two years ago I dipped down to just under 210 lbs., but that was very temporary, and it had nothing to do with exercise or diet because I wasn’t getting any of the former nor watching the latter. It was just a strange anomaly. But I’m now hovering around 206-207 lbs., and have been for the past two weeks and it doesn’t look like I’ll surpass the 210 lbs. level ever again. I’m not starving myself–far from it. I’m full most of the time. I’m not sweating bullets trying to resist cravings for burgers, fries, and milkshakes. I only just realized today that I haven’t had a strong craving in some time. They disappeared such that I didn’t notice they were gone. The fact is, I’ve made some progress. The bad habits I once had are gone or disappearing, and they’ve been replaced with new habits. And as the new habits take hold, I’m feeling better, I’m losing fat, and I’m not just losing fat but I’m building muscle and health at the same time.
I’ve tried a lot of things, but triathlon combined with a healthy diet is the first thing that has worked. I think the message is that there is no easy way out of being fat, but there is a way out, and once you break through the first month or two of it, things get easier because you get used to your new lifestyle, and suddenly you wake up one day and realize you’re no longer the person you once were. Progress. It’s great.