You're a pretty big guy Z, so 240 isn't unreasonable imo... 200 might be a little much even, but that's your call...
As some have already mentioned, weight isn't really the best measure. I rarely weigh myself and usually when I think I've lost weight I've gained, and when I think I've gained, I've lost... it's really weird.
I've hovered between 215 and 220 for like 2 years... and honestly I'm fine with that. I would like to cut a little, but it's not a huge deal.
I've had three different people tell me lately that I look bigger and more cut recently and I haven't done any cardio to speak of in the last few weeks and have been mainly heavy powerlifting...so honestly who knows? I guess I'm gaining muscle.
tl;dr... keep working at it... your weight loss is sure to slow down some as you go. Change up your routine some, keep eating well and it will continue to fall off.
I spent most of my adult life at 185 pounds but I know what you're saying. Thanks man just venting helps.
Btw part of my morning routine is shooting hoops, if we ever get huddle jams scheduled you're all in trouble....
First I have to say bravo! That's awesome you've lost so much weight.
What is your target calorie in take? make sure you aren't taking too few calories in.
What kinds of foods are you eating? make sure you are not only eating few caloires but also limiting bad carbs and sugars?
What kind of workouts are you doing? if you lifting weights, your muscles are growing, if you doing intense cardio like jumping, push ups etc your muscles are growing and your weight will go up. This is a good thing though because muscle burns fat.
Double check and make sure you really are eating as good as you think you are, make sure you are counting any little piece of candy, the bite of food from your kids plate, the beers you had with your buddies. It's easy for all of us to think we are doing better than we actually are.
Thats all the advice I have atm. Good luck!
Here's what I typically eat on an average day.
Breakfast used to be oatmeal, but there's too much refined sugar and I was also not getting enough calories so I switched to an English muffin with natural peanut butter and honey. I snack on either almonds, or peanut butter/oat/flaxseed balls. I do have 2 cups of coffee in the morning but no sugar and just a little creamer which yes I know has sugar.
Lunch is usually grilled chicken with salad or a turkey sandwich. I try to get vegetables most days but some days I have chips.
Dinner is either baked chicken or a salad, sometimes a lean cuisine meal or a bowl of cereal.
I don't snack at night, haven't had a soda since I started working out on May 6th. I'm now getting around 1400-1600 calories per day (was only getting 1100-1300 before I changed my breakfast).
I know I'll break through this plateau and keep heading towards my goal weight but it's a relief to talk about it. I purposely am not sharing this with people in my daily life/Facebook to avoid a false sense of accomplishment so being able to vent here is a huge help.
Well since I keep bitching let me provide some context.
I tipped the scale at 290 in early January. Since I had always been skinny before my son was born this was devastating. I ate better for a few weeks and lost about 5 pounds.
From late January to the end of April I did a little better with my diet and got down to 271, which was my weight when I started working out on May 6th.
My initial goal weight was 240, with an ultimate goal of 200. Once I get to 200 I will be more concerned with body composition than weight. Reasonable right?
Well, I gave myself 2 months to get to my first goal of 240. 15 pounds per month when you are obese is not too crazy. After the first month I had lost 14 pounds and felt like I could reach my first goal. Second month I lost 12 pounds and weighed 245. Soooo close.
Well, since July 4th I have just been stuck. I got as low as 242 this past weekend but after gaining both days this week I'm pushing 245 again.
I'm trying to figure out what works for my body and what doesn't so I feel like the daily weigh ins are needed at least until I develop a program that works. I have made many adjustments to my diet and feel like I'm eating well. I had baked chicken and friggin beets for dinner last night. I vary my workouts and get an hour in every day except weekends (although I did workout both days this past weekend).
My clothes are falling off me and I am wearing stuff that I haven't in years. I take solace in that but long term I don't want to weigh 240+
You guys all seem happy with the time spent at the gym or working out. I have 2 gym memberships and have stepped foot in 1 of them in the last year. Since I've been home the last 4 years I've gained 10 lbs a year sitting behind a desk. Depressing.
Trust me if I can do it anyone can. It did take a couple of years of self loathing before I got off my ass though.
I'm worn out, between eating right, working out, yard work, cleaning the house and trying to be active with my kid, oh yeah and that thing called working for a living. I feel/want to sleep for two days straight, wake up and eat a bunch of chicken wings and ice cream.
Best weekend I've had since I started this. Ate right and even worked out both days, normally I take the weekends off. Yesterday my meals couldn't have been healthier but I get on the scale this morning and I had gained a pound.
I've tried working out (lifting) early in the morning as well and I can't really get motivated and then if I do, by 10 or 11 AM I am exhausted at work. Not worth it for me... but I know some people feel the exact opposite.
I've been kind of bleh this week all week... I think I finally figured out it's a sleep issue... my wife started a new schedule this week and we were getting up at 6AM for her to make it in on time, and I think I'm just so tired in the afternoons that even my pre isn't helping much... may need to start hitting the sack earlier or taking an afternoon office nap.
I like working out in the mornings. It is tough but once I got into the routine it got easier. I get up at 5am and I'm at the gym by 5:45 or so. I have started going to bed at 9:30 instead of 10:30 or 11 like I used to. Makes me feel old but it's for a good reason at least.