I'm wondering if anyone has any experiences in exceeding their initial expectations regarding weight loss?
I turned 30 this year and I've lost about 15 pounds from last year. I'm 5'10" and before the last 6-8 months, I hovered around 165-175 for about 5 years. I'm now about 151.
At the end last summer, I decided to make some gradual changes to my diet in conjunction with doing some more intense cardio. In terms of dietary changes, I cut out things like bagels, sugar in coffee, pop, fruit juice, and most beer. I still eat things like Chinese BBQ meats, white rice, and breakfast cereal, but I've also brought in foods like lentils into my diet. My diet consists of the following:
- Vector for breakfast with 2% milk
- Black coffee with a splash of milk
- A granola bar
- Banana and at least other whole fruit (usually an orange, but sometimes strawberries, or an apple)
- White rice with some meat (chicken thighs, sirloin beef) and vegetables (bok choy, broccoli)
- Some more white rice with a bit of meat and vegetables for dinner
- If I get hungry in the evenings, some full fat yogurt (like Liberte or Greek-style)
I still eat out or get quick meals a couple of nights a week such as pizza slices, or sushi. If I have alcohol, I usually limit myself to a couple glasses of wine, spirits over ice, or a pint of beer.
In terms of my fitness regimen, it consists of the following:
- 2-3 sets of push-ups (30-40) in the morning after I wake up, but before I eat breakfast
- 1-2 days a week of moderate weight training (I haven't lifted heavier weights in a while)
- 2-3 runs per week (5-8K each run)
- 1 power-type yoga class per week (i.e. enough to break a sweat, core workout, and body balances)
Although I'm fairly certain that I've lost a bit of muscle mass over the past half-year or so, I think I still have muscle where it counts - chest, shoulders, back, and my thighs. (e.g. my shirts still fit around the shoulders) What's been nice is that I can now do things that I never could do before such as dips, pull-ups (haven't done them since high school) and even supporting myself on blocks with my legs in the air. I've always had skinny arms, but when I've been heavier, my arms have filled out a bit more (now they're quite skinny again, particularly around the forearms.) My face has lost most of the flab, and I've probably lost about 2 inches around the waist which has required me to get new pants. My parents and peers now notice that I've lost weight and some have said that I'm almost too skinny (at least compared to the way I looked for the past 5 years.)
So, now that you know a bit about me, my question is:
Am I at an ideal weight, or should I try to gain some weight back in order to fill out a bit? Or, should continue to maintain my current weight so that I have buffer when the inevitable weight gain starts to happen in my mid-30s?