Well, it took one long year, but I think I’m now finally showing obvious signs of weight loss. The photo on the left was taken in October of last year at Poctoy White Beach in Marinduque, a day after my very first mountain climb with HLGG. At that time, I tipped the scales at more than 200 pounds due to a daily diet of half a gallon of ice cream and all sorts of junk food and fast food meals.
Since that time, I’ve climbed 7 mountains, traveled to 3 other countries, experimented with different diet and exercise regimens and I haven’t smoked for some 16 months now. I’ve drastically cut down on rice, burgers, fries, sodas and sweets, and I’m no longer prone to overeating. I think I’m at the healthiest I’ve ever been in my adult life. Last night, I tipped the scales at 172 pounds. Still a long way to go from my ideal weight of 162, but I’m getting there. The last 2 months, I’ve settled into a consistent workout schedule and have been “forced” (long story) to get myself into a highly nutritious but very light diet that I’ve grown accustomed to.
The photo on the right was taken a few weeks ago at Tarak Ridge in Bataan. I was with my HLGG friends on another mountain climb. I think I’ve lost a bit more weight since then. It does motivate me a bit to see the difference between a year ago and today.