How I Lost 40 Pounds

Last August I decided that my weight was getting a little out of control. I was uncomfortable with how fat my face had gotten and needless to say, my gut was a little ridiculous too. My weight was around 210, which was the most I had ever weighed. When I graduated high school I weighed around 160 lbs and just 3 years later I was over 200 lbs. I gained the “freshmen 15” and then continued to gain it my junior and senior year too. I decided that there were two primary reason I gained the weight:

  1. I had completely quit exercising.
  2. I was eating fast food way to often.

I had completely quit exercising.

In high school I was an all around athlete. I played basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. I didn’t really play a fall sport, but I was still pretty active. When I went to college I quit playing sports and didn’t really exercise at all.

I was eating fast food way to often.

My freshmen and sophomore year of college I had a food plan with the school so I could go eat at the cafeterias whenever I wanted and could pretty much eat whatever I wanted. The food was not the most healthy selection and when I did not eat from the cafeteria I would go out to eat with my roommates and friends.

With these two things combined I was gaining weight pretty quickly. Well, right before I went to Affiliate Summit West with PeerFly I decided that I was going to lose the weight. I quit drinking pop/soda (we call it pop where I am from, but a majority of people call it soda) early August and started Weight Watchers the day I came back from Affiliate Summit.

Weight Watchers

Despite what most people think, Weight Watchers is not just a program for women. Actually, over the past few months Weight Watchers has released a program specifically for men (basically the same as the women’s program, but branded “For Men”). Some friends of mine had used Weight Watchers to lose weight and had done so successfully so when I decided to go on a diet I immediately thought of them and decided to give it a try.

With Weight Watchers, you are given a certain amount of “Points” and each food item you eat has a certain Point value. You subtract the food’s Point value from your total daily points allowed (Weight Watchers currently has me at 42 Points/day). The total points for each food item is determined by:

  • Fat
  • Carbs
  • Fiber
  • Protein

You can track your daily Point usage on WeightWatchers.com.

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Weight Watchers iPhone Application

I have never actually logged into WeightWatchers.com to track my progress. Since I started using Weight Watchers I have only used their iPhone application. The application is very easy to use and has all the features that the actual site has. The application is free to download and install and you simply login with your WeightWatchers.com credentials.

With the application you can:

  • Track your weight (image to the right)
  • Find food Point values and track your food intake
  • Keep track of other nutritional information about your diet like how much water you drink
  • Create a shopping list
  • Look through featured recipces
  • and much more!

If you are interested in losing weight I highly suggest Weight Watchers and if you have an iPhone then their app is the easiest way to track your progress.

Back on Weight Watchers

The reason I decided to post about this is that I have decided to start back up on Weight Watchers. I quit a few months ago because I was at my target weight (165 lbs) and I did not think I needed to use the program anymore. I had quit entering all my food and tracking my weight because I was still eating all the same stuff and already knew how many Points each thing was. That didn’t last long though.

I started going out to eat more and started drinking pop again. Since then I have gained about 10 lbs and with my wedding about 2 months away I have decided to lose it again. I hope to get back down to 165-168 lbs before July 22nd.

It looks like my buddy Tyler Cruz is trying to lose some weight too. I’m going to try to convince him to try Weight Watchers. The program worked really well for me and I would suggest it to anyone who wants to lose or maintain their weight.

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