It’s been 10 years and 8 months since I retired.  Sometimes, it seems like just yesterday.

Big hamburger for big appetite, beef, bread, bun, burger, calories, cheeseDuring all of that time, I’ve struggled with my weight.  Sometime I’ve been successful in losing weight, more often successful at not gaining weight, but sometimes even failing at that – it’s too easy to cheat.

Right after I retired, I was not working for almost a year, after which I went back to work as a contract instructor, working with the license class at a nuclear power plant, for about 6 months.  Since then, I’ve been alternating working and not working, one time being off for nearly 2 years and another time working for 18 months.

Each time that I would work with a license class, I would tend to pack on more weight.  Working odd hours, it was hard to stay on any kind of routine to lose (not loose) weight. (Loose is how your pants get if you successfully lose weight.)

To use a trite phrase, it was a vicious cycle.

Recently, though, I decided that I had to take charge.  On May 5, I was 292.5 lbs. That was 20 pounds heavier that my normal average weight since several years before I retired.


  • May 5, 2017 – 292.5 lbs
  • October 23 – 271.6 lbs
  • Difference = 20.9 lbs.
  • Goal: 204 lbs.; 67.6 lbs. to go!

Some of the BAD things that I don’t do anymore include (This list is from a similar post in 2009):

…. stopping at convenience store on way to work and buying junk food
…. stopping at convenience store on way home and buying junk food
…. stopping at fast food places and buying LARGE CHOCOLATE SHAKES (not something I’d do regularly, just on impulse)
…. stopping at and buying anything at fast foot places
…. stopping and buying donuts (another irregular impulse)
…. eating out several times a month — we may go out to eat once or twice a month.
…. buying anything from the junk food vending machine across the hall from my office
…. buying anything from the junk food machine on the first floor when I’m working late in the simulator

I am working out at the gym 1.5 to 2 hours every day, except Sundays and days where we are going somewhere else.  I’m currently eating oatmeal every day for breakfast.  My preferred snack is Nature Valley granola bars, whose main ingredient is oatmeal – on a recent blood test, my cholesterols were great!

Like many others have said.  It has to be a lifestyle change.  I’ve done this before, losing weight all the way down to 204 lbs – that’s why I chose it as a goal – but I didn’t maintain the lifestyle to stay in a lower weight range.

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  • Hilary Melton-Butcher Oct 25, 2017

    Hi Mike – well done … I’d kept myself relatively ok – til my uncle fell and broke his pelvis … and as my mother was terminally ill at that point – I spent most of the time in a car looking after two houses, at the hospital and in the Nursing centre with my mother – no peace at all … I now will be following your footsteps – I know when I had my hip operated on – I lost weight as I gave up drinking … and was into water … then a friend appeared – and that was it – once I wasn’t on medication any more … so now cutting back on my diet, going back to little alcohol and a lot more exercise – hopefully that will occur with a complete change in circumstance in November …

    But good luck with yours – it’s tough … I always played squash and so was thin … just now – need to say no … a lot of the time! Cheers Hilary
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  • Karen Oct 25, 2017

    you can do it!!
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  • Cheerful Monk Oct 26, 2017

    Good luck! It’s a big change, and I wish you well.
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  • Rummuser Oct 26, 2017

    Well done and very good for you indeed. My best wishes that you stay on the straight and narrow!
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    • Mike Oct 26, 2017

      Thanks. Unfortunately, I let it go long enough that I have to do it as it became a health issue. (More later.)
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