Yo-Yo Dieting

23 Aug

So today I’m launching on yet another diet. I know, I know — you’re probably wondering if I’m ever actually OFF a diet. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. I’ll start a diet for a while, get all excited about it and lose weight. Then my weight loss slows, I lose my drive and fall back into bad habits.


Popularly known as “Yo-Yo Dieting” because the weight goes down and then comes back up, I’ve lost significant (though diminishing) amounts of weight three times over the past 12 years. While I’ve had other dieting time periods in which I’ve lost 4-8 pounds and then gained it back, here’s a quick summary of my most significant weight loss:

  • May-August 1996 – Lost 35 pounds (from 201 to 166)
  • Jan-June 2004 – Lost 33 pounds (from 204 to 171)
  • Jan-May 2007 – Lost 20 pounds (from 198 to 178)

I am now back up to 196 after a summer of carelessness and gluttony with lots of travel, bad eating habits, etc. Looking at the numbers above, it’s like my body really wants to weigh about 200 pounds. It doesn’t like it when I tell it that it should weigh 175 pounds. How annoying!

I am happy to report that my exercise is still pretty consistent — 5-6 days per week of jogging with my dog for 30 minutes each morning. We average about 2.4 miles per day, which means that we’re going at a somewhat leisurely pace of about 12.5 minutes per mile. But that doesn’t seem to be helping — at least not with the weight maintenance — even if it is good for my heart, and certainly much better than not exercising at all.

So I’m back into the groove again. This time, as in the past, I was motivated by my growing paunch, which really annoys me. When I am forced to contemplate buying new clothing to accommodate my added girth, I know it’s time to get after it again. My goal this time is to lose 16 pounds in 6 weeks — which is just about 2.6 pounds per week. I know it’s doable, because I’ve done it before!!! I want to greet my new baby boy with a 180 pound body. And then keep it off!

When I was a boy, I watched my dad constantly struggle with his weight. He was always trying a new diet, read every diet book ever written, and had goals he was trying to achieve. I vowed back then that I wouldn’t allow myself to get into that state… Well, here I am, my father’s son. 🙂 I can do it, though. It will just require willpower and “constant vigilance.”

Wish me luck!


Posted by on August 23, 2007 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Yo-Yo Dieting

  1. kira

    August 23, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    good luck!! On

  2. kira

    August 23, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Aaron’s behalf I have to put in a plug for weight lifting. Muscle burns more fat…and all that jazz. I know you’ve heard it all before! Still. It seems like good advice. I’ve been doing the Abs Diet workout (free weights & ab stuff I can do at home…your mom has the book) and I really like it!

  3. andrewalma

    August 24, 2007 at 3:25 am

    Something I’m really going to have to start worrying about in about two or three months…

  4. andrewalma

    August 24, 2007 at 3:25 am

    Sorry, that was me (Robin) on Andrew’s computer.

  5. Vicki

    August 27, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I’m glad you keep working to keep the weight off–it’s worth it!!

  6. James Willhite

    August 28, 2007 at 4:09 am

    I enjoyed reading your blogs. I should probably start a diet too. Is 40 lbs overweight still overweight or am I obese now?


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