I don’t know anything about losing weight, but my husband does.
I think it’s time to make a post about it and embarass him a bit. He’s not a “ooh look at me” kind of guy, but he deserves some credit.
Last May or June he started working out. He actually began getting back in shape by changing a few things about his diet last March. The first thing he did was quit eating eggs and bread in the morning– he likes egg sandwiches– and began eating only fruit to jumpstart his day. He felt hungry before lunchtime, but he always said that you have to be a little hungry to make your stomach shrink.
A lot of people say “Oh that’s not enough protein. You have to get your protein.” I think that’s somewhat of an excuse to justify all the comfort food that we love for breakfast. The man is eating meat, fish or tofu for his other meals of the day, so for him at least, starting the day with just fruit— full of fiber and nutrients and water— was the first thing he did to start losing weight.
Then a month or so after that, like I said, he began working out. He uses the P90X program that I’m sure some of you have heard about. It’s intense, but my husband is the proof.
After the first 9 months he’d gone from nearly 270 pounds to 190 and a pants size of 44 to 34. That’s 80 pounds and 10 inches. I’m sure he’ll correct me in a comment if those figures aren’t completely accurate.
I’m not allowed to post a picture until he finishes up the year and is totally happy with his abs. 🙂
I know that when Payman talks about it, he really, really, really feels that the way that he changed his diet was indispensible to his weight loss. He believes you can’t work out just to reward yourself by eating enough calories to make up for it.
Also, a lot of people asked him if he did a juice fast or something. He believes in changing habits, not going for detoxes and diets and fasts and gimmicks. He believes in hard work.
He would eat Amy’s Organic meals for lunches, which are barely 300 calories or less. He gave up gluten and dairy in solidarity with me and Ada. What I don’t get is how he makes giving up foods seem easy.
He makes peanut butter and tofu protein shakes. And he eats absolutely no cane sugar. He uses honey to sweeten things some, but he must take in pounds less sugar than most people.
He has this will power from his Kung Fu days when I met him. He was a white sash nature fist Kung Fu instructor back then. He didn’t eat anything bad for his Qi, including refined sugar or hydrogenated oil. To get his white sash, he had to do 6000 pushups, 6000 crunches, and stand in a large horse stance for 6 hours, all in one day. So obviously he has some will power.
I think the fact that he rarely eats in restaurants helps too. He started the diet changes basically with the working out, so its hard to say, but I’m really proud of him.
I’m especially proud of the fact that he gets up at 6 a.m. to work out so he doesn’t have to do it when he gets home, leaving me to watch the kids even longer. Good guy.