The surgery, with out a doubt, was the single greatest contributor to the weight loss. For me, I don't think it could have happened any other way. But... Here is the tricky point. In October I was 214. In that time I have lost ~18 pounds, but my body fat level has gone from +30% to 16%. For that I give thanks to the 6am morning workouts. They are hard, constantly varying, and truly enjoyable in a sick and twisted sort of way. I think I can count on less then one hand the number of workout days that I've missed since October. Traveling, vacation, work, training... Doesn't matter, I'll get them in. Equipment or no, something can be worked out. Using the handy-dandy Air Force BodPod, I know that although I have lost 18 pounds of weight, my non-fat weight has gone up almost 17 pounds, which means I've gained 17 pounds of muscle and lost 35 pounds of fat.
Happy snaps to follow:
Like I said, couldn't have done it without the surgery... I was just too addicted to all the foods I loved but didn't love me back, but the workouts are what helped re-shape the body afterwards. I won't be posting weight stuff here anymore... Over at the workout side as things progress. Surgeon thinks I have pretty much leveled off. He may be right, but I would like to drop another 10 pounds of total weight while gaining some more upper body strength. My next six month goal is to complete 'Linda' as proscribed. Better known as three bars of death, it is ten rounds of decreasing sets (10-9-8-7...) of 1.5 times body weight Deadlifts (That would be ~300, my one rep max is 280ish), body weight Bench Press (200, but have no idea on the Bench as we don't do it very often), and .75 power cleans (150 while I currently am working out around 95...) so lots of room for growth!
Thanks to everyone that has been supported, it means a lot!
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Keep on truckin'