I hopped on the scale this morning … 225 pounds … even. That got me thinking.
- I’ve been married ~20 years.
- For the first 16 years, I gained weight.
- I started at 190 pounds.
- I was 275 pounds at my heaviest.
- That’s plus 85 pounds / 16 years.
- That’s plus 5.3 pounds / year.
- That’s plus 0.44 pounds / month.
- That’s plus 0.1 pounds / week.
- That’s plus 0.015 pounds / day.
- Assume the weight gain was all fat (likely).
- Note that there are ~3600 calories / pound of fat. To figure out how many excess calories I was consuming per day, multiple 0.015 pounds / day times 3600 calories / pound = 53 calories.
Do you see how that worked? I consumed, on average, more calories per day than I should have. I did so for 16 years. Talk about the power of habit!
I don’t think it worked exactly like that. More likely, the weight gain was lumpy. For example, I worked the night shift for plus 2 years. I had an extra large Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar every day. That’s ~500 calories. It was offset partly by the amount of walking I did on that job, but you get the point – Habits matter.
- In the last 4 years, I’ve lost weight.
- I started at 275 pounds.
- I was 225 pounds this morning.
- That’s minus 50 pounds / 4 years.
- That’s minus 12.5 pounds / year.
- That’s minus 1.04 pounds / month.
- That’s minus 0.24 pounds / week.
- That’s minus 0.034 pounds / day.
- Assume the weight loss was all fat (likely).
- There are ~3600 calories / pound of fat. To figure out how many less calories I was consuming per day, multiple 0.034 pounds / day times 3600 calories / pound = 123 calories.
Again, the reality is more complex. I’ve lost weight in a lumpy way – drop weight, maintain and repeat. My weight loss is sustainable. Why? I’ve developed new habits. I don’t decide each day to eat well. I have better habits than before.
I will continue my weight loss journey for as long as it takes. I intend to get (and then maintain) ripped abs. For that, I’ll (likely) need to weigh between 170 and 190 pounds. I won’t really know until I get there.
Now back to my marriage. Our 20th anniversary is this month. I think a nice gift would be to give my wife one good habit. One that I’ll maintain for the next 20 years. I need to think about that. It’ll need to be one that will make her day a little better, make her a little happier, etc. Let me know if you have any ideas.
Thanks again for reading!