I am happy to finally add my story to here. My work is pretty physical, I work in theater/concerts, TV/film and a lot of other things in between. The easiest way to describe it is I do the set up, running it, and the take down. I am 6'3" tall with size 13 1/2 feet. I am a big guy. The lightest I have ever been in my 20's was 203 pounds, that was following a summer inspiration to lose some weight for a cruise I was going on. I was also the weakest I have ever been, and I didn't like it. Going into that weight loss I was 238 pounds and lost those 35 pounds in 2.5 months doing mostly aerobic. That was when I was 21. Several years and plenty of life experience later, I found myself at my heaviest I have ever been, 316 pounds. I really wanted to try and get at least down to the 230 range. Now I know muscle weighs more than fat, and I have a large build as I work in a physical job. The people I worked with were pretty shocked when I told them my weight, they all guessed I was around 250/260, but I really did want to get back to a point where I felt light, and really energized.
So I started working out regularly, I did 4 one hour workouts a week, on top of the work I was doing at my job and I saw some change in weight, but not much. I getting better tone, but not losing weight, I was just getting bigger. Now bigger is good, in the sense that larger muscles burn more calories, so just in my day to day work I was burning more calories and losing more weight. It also made my job a lot easier as everything was pretty light compared to what I was used to. This went on for about 2 years. In December 2012 I was 312 pounds. I know, not a huge change in weight, but I am pretty strong. So, that December I decided to go see a nutritionist.
Now, something to know about my diet going into this. I am a pretty picky eater, a lot of foods I am just not a fan of. That being said, there are some I love. My dad once described me as Unique, I am pretty sure he meant it in a good way. It seems when I set my mind to do something, I can do it, and maintain it. When I was 15 years old, I was at a friends gaming with a large group. We were having a LAN Party, I had a 1 liter Coke in one hand and a pack of Reece's Peanut Butter cups in the other. I had one of those moments where everything just sort of clears. I asked myself if I got anything positive from the food and drink I was consuming. They cost me money, they are both terrible for me, they make me feel like crap, and the only thing I could come up with was I liked the taste. So I said hey, I will just try and go a week without. That week has now turned into over 12 years, I haven't had a birthday cake(I do BBQ's instead), I didn't have my wedding cake, no pop, no candy, nothing. I just don't do deserts anymore. So that's the big thing to note with my diet, the other thing that I know a few other people do is I don't drink, smoke or do any drugs. I am a pretty clean guy.
So I went to go see a nutritionist. She has been great, I've met with her a couple of times. She recommended I make some changes in my diet, taking out foods that could potentially cause any sort of irritation. I started this change immediately, my wife and I cleared out our pantry (I am so grateful she is on board with the change, not that she had a ton of choice, I do all the cooking.). That was December 18th, 2012 I weighed in at 312 pounds. I am as of today 257 pounds, a total loss of 55 pounds in under 5 months. Now she didn't just recommend a change in food, she also recommended Tabatas. Tabatas are a way of exercising where you do a period of time doing as many reps as you can, followed by a short break and then repeat usually 8 times. There is plenty of youtube content out there about them. The nicest thing about them, is the most common one takes only 4 minutes to do. She started me off doing just 1 a day, then 2 weeks later I went to 2, then 3, I kinda stopped at 3, but I supposed I could have kept going. So I was doing 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, 8 times, that's 4 minutes. There are apps for Tabata timers for your phone. You can do them anywhere, the exercise can be anything from a squat against a wall or push-ups to standing on your tippy-toes. The point is it shocks your system into getting moving, it jump starts your metabolism daily, you can easily fit 4 minutes into your day, and it makes you feel way better.
My wife has changed her diet as well, she works a desk job and works out twice a week with me for 1 hour. She's lost 35 pounds, that's without the Tabatas and a physical job. I cannot stress enough how what you are eating effects your weight. I couldn't figure out why so much exercise, even large amounts of aerobic just wasn't dropping my weight the way I wanted it to. My goal is to be under 220 for Blizzcon this year. Up to this point I haven't really shared this information outside of my family. But I think this guild is pretty amazing, and am looking forward to seeing the people I can at blizzcon this year.
I hope this helps to motivate and inform. Please know if you want to talk at all, feel free to contact me via PM on the forums anytime.