It’s Been One Year!

by Damon on July 1, 2013

Well, as of June 16th it’s officially been one year since I decided to get back in shape. And I’m super pumped to be able to say that I have done awesome. Though I admit I still haven’t accomplished my original goal which was to have a six pack by my 35th birthday but that’s ok because I have made some amazing changes. For example I’m not sure if I’m in the best shape of my life or not but I am damn close. I’m also stronger than I’ve ever been thanks to the 5×5 method of weightlifting that I have been doing over the past year. (If you don’t know what the 5×5 is you can read about it here.) I also know that I am leaner than I’ve been in probably 15 years and think I could give my twenty year old self a run for his money.

Since last June I have lost 15 pound and dropped 3 pants sizes putting me back into 29’s which is what I wore in high school. And if I go by the most I have ever weighed my total amount of weight loss to date is pushing 30 pounds. And for those of you that have convinced  yourselves that you can’t lose weight you need to take into consideration that during this whole period I pigged out at every holidays/get together and had beer and pizza almost every single week. Now I’m not necessarily proud of this and I’m not saying that you can do this all the time because you can’t but what I have found is that eating a “bad” meal here and there or even a weekend here and there is totally ok. As long as the rest of the time you eat with your head and not with your feelings which brings me to….

Lessons Learned and an Unlikely Teacher

Over the last twelve months I have learned a lot about getting and staying in shape. I’ve also learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned I do have self control, that I can do something that is very hard if I put my mind to it (see my challenges) and that it does feel good to lead by example. I’ve also learned that you don’t have to eat like a fitness model to lose weight and maintain it. I now know that I need way less food to feel full than I ever thought. And when it comes to junk food I’ve learned that some of the things I used to love actually suck, like most fast food and that a good homemade chocolate cake can absolutely blow your mind and your taste buds when you haven’t had sugar in a few weeks. And because of that I now know why some people compare really good food to sex though I still haven’t had any food that was that good.

What all the things I’ve learned have in common and that I still find fascinating is how I learned them. And that is with what has become my best teacher and my most indispensable tool. It’s the one thing that if I had not had, none of this would have been possible, no not my weights or other gym equipment but…. my food scale. You can read here about the first time I wrote about weighing my food and even though it was written only a few weeks after beginning the habit I knew it was going to be very helpful but I had no idea then how much I would really learn. If you want to lose weight I definitely suggest you get a scale, figure out how many calories you need on a daily basis and start weighing and tracking everything that goes in your mouth. In my next post I will show you how to figure out how many calories you should be eating to lose weight, chances are its way more than you think, and the easiest way I have found to keeping track of those calories.

I Suck!

Speaking of my next post, one thing that I am very disappointed with myself about is that I haven’t done a very good job at keeping this blog up to date. Changing this fact is something that I am making a priority from this point forward.  Though the original reasoning behind why I started BlueberryB which was for personal motivation and accountability has worked because the idea of it all has never been to far from my mind. Plus I after a year of eating good and working out on regular basis I feel like I have a lot more to say.

To end with I would like to say thanks to all the people that have read and interacted with me here and on Facebook. It really is awesome to know that other people do read and actually like what I have to say. And if there is any specific subject that any of you would like me to talk about please feel free to leave it in the comments or send me a private message. I would love to hear from you and I’m always looking for something new to research and write about. Thanks again and please help me out by liking and/or sharing this post below it is greatly appreciated.

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