Over many years I put on the standard weight that most people do, as we age. I have a lot of health issues that keep me from strenuous activity and some of my meds are horrid. So I put on a bit more weight than I should have. I was a single dad for many years and when the kids moved out I retired early and moved from Texas to the Philippines. That was always the plan - but the plan was 60 or 65, not 49 ha ha
After I got here I put on more weight. The combination of no longer working, much more sitting around, and bad Filipino food I added another 10 kilos easily (well good tasting but greasy, fried, all carbs & fat). It was past time to lose weight.
I started back in Sep 2016 and was consistently losing 1 kg a week, for 17 weeks. I knew it would not last, and enjoyed it while it did. I simply started daily walks, switched from regular coke to diet coke, starting drinking 10 glasses of water a day, and measuring portions. After the first, easy 17 kgs it became a lot more work. Over the next few months I increased my walking speed and distance quite a bit. I started lifting dumbbells and doing kettlebell swings. I started building muscle, while still losing fat. The scale was not moving as much - but that was fine.
As I approached 1 year on Spark I was wearing clothes that had not fit me this century! Why I brought old, tight clothes with me when I emigrated to the Philippines 4 years prior... I do not know... I am glad I did! When I was able to put on pants that had not fit since the 90s it was a great feeling.
I was expecting a plateau but got a wall instead. Dead stop. I tried for months to get it going again. Played with my macros, increased the exercise, even tried keto. That was a short failed experiment. I lost 3 kilos in the first 2 weeks but my blood pressure went up and I was dizzy all the time. I went back to regular macros and almost immediately felt better... and the 3 kilos came right back ha ha
I read some posts here about diet breaks, and decided a 2 month break was in order. Well, 2 months turned into 11. Go figure (hey, retirement is tough). I maintained my weight for most of the year, but after I got out of the hospital I put on 5 kilos over the next few months. The hospital stay was for a little bell's palsy, no big deal, but the meds were worse than the illness. After I got home I was virtually bedridden for a month.
So I just started tracking again, after 11 months away. My original weight was 116 kg, goal was 85 kg. When I got to 95 I was pretty happy with it and did not care about the other 10 kilos. I slipped a little and am now back at 103. My wife is happier, but I am not. She actually complained about me losing my "Pooh Bear tummy".
Here we go... I am back to tracking. I still exercised and ate pretty well, but without tracking I tend to go easy on the exercise, and make more poor food choices. Only been back a week and lost 1 kilos - so that is nice. I am even trying out the Spark Coach to see if there is anything in there I will use (not decided yet).
2011 still in Texas (with my kids)
Made some progress the first year. Time to lose the rest! Only 15 kilos to go