**Weight Loss Update** [home](..) _posted 2015-12-04_ ![progress chart](https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.jeffreykishner.com/weight-loss-dec2015.jpeg) On October 25 I started logging my calories into [MyFitnessPal](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lo6Y). I started at 199 pounds, and about six weeks later I'm at 192.8, which amounts to a net loss of 6.2 pounds. (1 pound per week, which was the goal.) You will notice in the chart there's one week in which I _gained_ weight. That was the week during which I did _not_ log my calories. I thought, "OK, I got the hang of this. Just have three meals a day with one mid-day yogurt, and I'm set." Turns out that strategy didn't work, so I started logging my calories again. I'm not terribly precise with my logging. Sometimes I use the app to scan the bar code on packaging; other times I just enter a food item and perform a search and choose the best match. I think (for me) it's more important just to note everything I eat, not to weigh every food item. (I have only weighed food once, when I wanted to know how many grams of almonds I was adding to my breakfast cereal.) Given that I want to get down to 175, six pounds does not seem like a lot, but the difference is noticeable. My pants have been falling down my waist, and I have often had to hitch them up. My wife used a leather puncher to add another notch to my belt this morning. Eventually I hope to _have_ to buy pants with a smaller waist. # What Have I Given Up? In addition to logging my meals, I am pretty strict about not eating sweets. Not rigidly -- I did have some pumpkin and pecan pie on Thanksgiving. But overall, I don't put sugar in my coffee or eat pastries or desserts or candy, or drink soda. I _do_ continue to eat bread and crackers as I usually would. The biggest challenge is dealing with flagging energy. I mostly rely on caffeine and going on walks to perk up. And if it's the weekend and I'm wiped in the middle of the afternoon, I'll take a nap rather than indulge in Ben & Jerry's. I don't feel a sense of deprivation. However, I am only six weeks into this process. I don't know how I will feel as time goes on, especially as winter arrives. I may just have to redefine what "comfort food" means to me. # Fears I fear the day when my weight starts to plateau. I may have to work out. Currently, my exercise regimen is the same as it has been for a few years. I dance two nights a week, and I walk about 10,000 steps on weekdays. (On weekends I am mostly a slug.) I never enjoyed going to the gym, and I have very little experience with weight training. I may have to invest in a personal trainer (or watch YouTube videos), if only to learn some basic toning exercises that do not exacerbate past injuries. # Thinking Ahead [Ideal Weight Calculator](http://www.calculator.net/ideal-weight-calculator.html) delivered the following results for my age and height: > Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is **160.7 lbs** > > Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is **158.1 lbs** > > Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is **166.0 lbs** > > Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is **171.3 lbs** > > Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is **132.6 lbs - 179.2 lbs** Frankly, I find these goals close to unimaginable. I can't remember being under 170 in all of my adult years, but I also have never been what would one describe as "lean." I will just keep doing what I'm doing, and when I get to the point at which I am no longer averaging a pound loss per week, I will take further steps to reach my goal.