Here is a link to a full body progress pic: https://i.imgur.com/Y1aHlSW.jpg
Here is a link to a progress chart via Fitbit: https://i.imgur.com/OXFYkIm.png
Here is a link to my original post: https://www.reddit.com/r/loseit/comments/b45g88/279_to_250_by_june_7/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
In short, my short-term goal is to get down to 250 lbs by my birthday, which is June 7th, in order to participate in a kayaking trip. The responses to my OP included many effective tips and strategies that I have implemented to my daily routine and have been instrumental to my success so far. I started at 279 lbs (278.8 to be exact) and as of this morning I am down to 263.2 lbs.
As you can see in the chart, I shed a relatively large amount of weight in the first week (some days saw as much as 1.6 lbs drop), but that tapered off fairly quickly and for the last 2 weeks my average loss has been roughly 0.3lbs per day (a much more reasonable rate).
Although I am still at the beginning of what will surely be a long journey – my long-term goal is a "healthy" BMI, which at my height is around 175 lbs – I have been excited by the progress I have made in this first 4 weeks. This is the longest "streak" I have ever hit with respect to a change in my eating habits and seeing that number drop day after day has provided the momentum needed to stick with it.
Here are the primary changes I have made to my daily routine:
- Logging every ounce of food I consume in MFP – with a weekly plan thought out in advance. My calorie cap is set to 1,700 per day, and I have come in under that about 95% of the time.
- Eating the same breakfast every morning that is packed with good fats and protein: Whole wheat toast and smashed avocado, with two scrambled eggs on top. This keeps me satiated well until lunch-time, and I am not nearly as ravenous as I normally am around that time.
- Cutting out all alcohol and sugary drinks – pretty much the only liquid consumed has been H2O, with the occasional NUUN tablet for electrolytes if I am going to be hiking.
- Striving to hit at least 10,000 steps a day (15,000 on weekends) as a goal to keep my body moving as much as possible. I have taken up hiking a different trail each weekend which has been a lot of fun.
- Daily weigh-ins. I know a lot of people frown on this, but it has been super helpful for me to see at least a daily trend of loss early on, even if it is only 0.1 lbs. So far (I know this will change) I have never not gone "up" – at worst I have been flat a couple times.
Anyway – just wanted to share my progress and tell everyone how much I appreciate the initial encouragement and advice. I am feeling so much better both physically and mentally, and the support of this sub has a lot to do with that – so THANK YOU!