All it took was a Vegan diet and persistent exercise over the course of a year to take me back to my high school weight...and my long lost 32" waist.
Last year I got serious because I'd grown too old for clowning around. I changed to a physically demanding job, went completely Vegan and joined a local gym. My weight plummeted dramatically--from 200# to 145# and my waistline, of course, went down with it: from 40" to 33"...then 32-3/4".
I should have felt good for a man of my age. Maybe I should have felt great. I did not, though: the CG (crowning glory) mocked me, as did the mini-roll of lard around my waist.. I bought items for home workouts: an Iron Gym pull up bar with straps for hanging crunches and leg lifts.
I didn't know. I only knew that I refused to be mocked any more by the magic number.
Yesterday I went to Macy's, half hopeful the weight gain was muscle, not fat, and half braced for heartbreak
I ended up leaving with three pairs of 32" slim fit Ring of Fire jeans and a belt instead of suspenders. And all were had at ridiculous low prices.
I felt back in the day in a new kind of way and ready for brave new adventures.
And here's my highest hope for you:
Don't surrender your own crowning glory to time or circumstance for as long as I did. Don't be too quick in assuming that gravity's against you and that the odds are too high. Don't let even your best friends discourage you. There is a way, there is always a way, to realize your dreams
Spare yourself the misery of waking up daily and telling the face that you see in the mirror:
Maybe next year...or the next year...or the year or the decade that follow...
Start today with confidence that your CG awaits you!