On the left is a picture Kris took of me last week, sporting my new Running Geek tshirt I got from the New Balance store. Current weight is stably below 190 now.
On the right is a picture of me from 3 and a half years ago. After searching through every picture I could find of myself, I felt this one showed me at my worst. Coincidentally, that that photo was taken on January 1, 2008. This happens to be the very peak of my recorded weight, at 234 pounds. Not really coincidentally, I guess. I really was at my worst.
I expect that I will hit 184 pounds some time in the next week or so. This will mark 50 pounds lost from the peak. Not all of that is due to running, but probably around 80% of it is. I’d lost a whole bunch of weight in ’08 after that photo was taken, but by the time I started running in August ’09, I was back up to mid-220’s.
So 40 pounds over almost two years isn’t exactly miraculously fast, but I’m very happy with it for two reasons:
1. It’s been steady and stable. I”ve had my plateaus and even some slight periods of gaining a few pounds when I was sidelined with injuries or illness, but overall, the graph shows a nice, steady progression downward for the last 22 months.
2. Most of that time, I was not particularly focused on losing weight per se. I’ve been eating healthier in general and less junk, but only in the last couple of months have I really been thinking seriously about what I eat.
Truth is, I started running so I could lose weight better, but at some point I switched over to losing weight so I could run better.