Thanks for sharing....I feel I am in the same boat with higher numbers. 
This is an inspiration to get on it for me.
Dennis in PDX

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1:13:23 PM UTC-8, Bill Lindsay wrote:
> Over the last few years, I've been a reasonably low-carb person.  I 
> generally steer clear of pizza, rice, bread, but my discipline has been far 
> from perfect.  Things were working out fine, in that I wasn't gaining the 1 
> pound a year that people tell me I'm supposed to be gaining throughout my 
> 40s.  I've been holding at 180, which was acceptable but not ideal.  This 
> winter I decided: I've spent long enough treading water as a 180 pounder.  
> I'm a 155 pounder with 25 pounds of unnecessary cargo.  I decided I was 
> going to drop 20 pounds, and this past week I've made it there, dropping 
> below 160 for maybe the first time this century.  There have been a few 
> changes that might have contributed to success. I'm drinking a lot less 
> beer, and a lot less booze in general. My exercise routine has included 
> much more short and intense efforts as a coach of the high school mountain 
> bike team.  I've also done more to think about the way that I tend to think 
> about food. Just like with drinking alcohol, I find that I have the urge to 
> eat when I'm bored, or have downtime. I've tried to keep myself occupied 
> more, and I've endeavored to break that mental connection so I don't start 
> snacking every time there's a calm moment.  
> A few weeks back I did a 200k with SFRandonneurs, and I really noticed a 
> difference in my appetite.  For the first time, I kind of had to force 
> myself to eat.  I had packed four Lara Bars for a 9 hour ride, and I went 
> ahead and ate one at 50k, at 100k and at 150k, just because it seemed like 
> a good idea to put some food in.  I wonder if I've reached some level of 
> fat-burning, and have largely broken the sugar-dependence where I don't get 
> super ravenous.  
> So, Winter is almost over and we haven't fought about EBDJ all winter 
> long, I don't think.  It's a datapoint of one but I'm doing fine with very 
> little bread, rice, etc.  I enjoy a cut up apple with almond butter for 
> desert.  I plop a huge scoop of coconut oil in my morning coffee.  I'm 
> eating lots of roasted veggies and raw veggies.  I'll throw a fried egg on 
> any meal.  I eat lots of nuts and seeds.  I make bacon on Saturday 
> mornings, typically.  My 34 inch waist pants no longer fit.  I just bought 
> a couple pairs of 32s and one pair of 30s.  The 30s are snug, and I call 
> them "the motivator" to get me the rest of the way to 155, where I'll 
> probably stop and hold.  Set a goal and make it happen.
> Bill Lindsay
> El Cerrito, CA

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