From 170 to 200 and back to 170
When I finished my undergraduate degree I'm guessing I weighed about 170 lbs. I'm 5'9" so for someone my height 170 is reasonable. I had done some weight training in High School and College but nothing serious and was, for the most part, out of shape, but not over weight.
Right out of College I joined a startup company (Pix) and signed up at the local gym. I never took it very seriously and for the most part I had no idea what I should be doing. I was, however, not getting paid much so I only went out to eat occasionally and the general food budget was rather limited.
After joining the Salem-Keizer Public School district I was was probably up to about 175 lbs, but still doing an okay job of managing it. After two years as SKPS I had put on about another 5 lbs. Just before I joined Intel my first daughter was born which gave me the opportunity to pretty much eat anything I wanted, all the time claiming that I was being supportive of my wife.
When I did join Intel I was over 180 lbs and rapidly gaining. I was drinking coffee all of the time and eating anything I could get my hands on. Within two years I was easily over 200 lbs.
At a family Thanksgiving almost two years exactly after joining Intel I was sitting in the living room when my mother (yes, my mother) turned to me to said "you're getting quite the tum there". I was horrified, I knew I was getting a little heavier but it wasn't until her comment that I realized how big I had gotten. Just around that time I had also read an article which mentioned that around the age of 40 your metabolism slows down and it becomes even harder for a person to lose or maintain weight. I knew that if I was going to ever try to get "into shape" it was then or never.
Without consulting a doctor or doing any real research I started to go down to the Intel gym and run on the treadmill. At first it was just for one mile, then after a week I was up to two miles, then three. I also started to run outside at home which at first felt like I had breathed in glass shardes because my lungs hurt so badly. But I kept after it and soon was up to five miles on average. From just the running alone I started to drop weight like crazy. It was as if someone had taken a hot knife and was just cutting the fat off me.
In a matter of about 4-6 months I had dropped almost 20 lbs. From there it took me another 4-6 months to drop back down to my College weight of down to 170lbs, but now I was in better shape. I started to compete in races and most notably I ran in the 2004 Hood-To-Coast relay race. Slowly I also started to incorporate lifting weights into my routine.
For a while I followed the MAX-OT training as I thought my goal was to gain size. After getting interested in rock climbing I no longer follow this routine as size does not help at all in climbing. Now I do mostly body weight exercises and try to follow the trainings of Ross Enamait which more closely follow a boxing routine than a body building one.
I don't, however, do as much pure running anymore. I do more interval running now which I mix in with body weight exercises. Lately I have been trying to swim and play racquetball to take the place of running for my cardio. In addition to weight lifting I also rock climb to build strength and endurance.
The lowest I have gotten my weight down to is just about 161 lbs, but right now I am floating closer to 166 lbs. I think in total I still have about 15 lbs of body fat to lose which, with my strength goals, will probably put me somewhere between 155 - 160 ideally.