When I left the Army in 1993, I was as fit as I'd ever been and still weighed in at just a few lbs under 200, and close to 10% body fat.
Shredded knees and 18 subsequent years at a desk job has resulted in my weigth ranging from 245-274 lbs at age 42, regardless of what I tried or how active I was. But along the way I learned some things that I knew worked for me...mostly through my experiences with CrossFit.
I learned that eating clean (mostly Paleo) worked for me. I learned that constantly varied and consistent exercise worked for me. The problem was I hardly ever did both at the same time...I would eat clean sporadically combined with my CrossFitting...start seeing results, and then slack off on the clean eating.
On October 23, I was down to around 245 lbs and feeling better/fitter than I had in a number of years. And then I severely re-injured one of my knees and could barely walk for several weeks. Then my best friend and the best dog in the world died unexpectedly (Great Dane, bloat). I went into a funk, and mourned my pain and my loss with lots of bourbon and bad food.
By Christmas I had gained 25 lbs and was back up to 270 lbs. In January I read the Four Hour Body, gave it a whirl for a month and lost 5 lbs. But I knew eating beans 3x a day and binge eating were not sustainable for me. And then at the end of January, I took the advice of a CrossFit coach and checked out MDA. Read the book in a night and dove in head first on February 1.
Today marks Day 29 of my primal adventure. I'm feeling healthy and lively again. Energy levels are up. My mood is happy and optimistic. I have little doubt that I have found the way of life I've been desperately searching for.
I stepped on a scale this morning for first time in a month and was shocked to see 251.2 pop up on the scale --- a loss of just over 14 lbs in just under a month. And...my next smaller size jeans that I bought back in October when I was "slimmed down" to 245 lbs? They fit (albeit a little bit tight) again.
I have little doubt that I am on my way...and have little doubt that by Christmas of this year, I will be under 200 lbs for the first time in nearly 20 years.