I have not been kind to myself during the past 10 years.
What you are looking at is a result of 10 years of exercising too little, consuming too much, and being sedentary too long. The result has been the net gain of 85 lbs from my leanest days from rowing in crew in high school.
85 lbs — that’s nearly 300,000 in caloric energy in excess fat. That’s enough energy to briskly walk 3,000 miles from Boston to Los Angeles. If someone were to make walking a full time job — 40 hours/week — it would take them nearly 5 months to walk that distance.
How The Great Gain Started
The Great Gain didn’t occur over night. Rather, it occurred very, very slowly — at about the rate of 100 excess calories/day.
The Great Gain didn’t go unchallenged. There were three heroic attempts:
- In 1998, I lost 20 lbs over 3 seasons of rowing in crew. I then gained 30 lbs across 3 years.
- In 2002, I lost 17 lbs over 6 months through mostly running. I then gained 60 lbs across 6 years.
- In 2008, I lost 12 lbs over 3 months through Operation Bootcamp. I then gained 20 lbs across 2 years.
That brings us to today. I’m now in my fourth attempt fighting the Great Gain. Since this attempt started 6 weeks ago, I’ve lost 16 lbs. How will this time be different? Over the next few days, I will be blogging — fat-blogging? — how.
Have you ever experienced 20 lbs of weight loss? How did you do it? How did you maintain it?