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Friday, October 09, 2009

I can't take credit for this post. I saw a friend moved their original page to a blog for later reflection. Here's my original page posted 2-2008.

Looking to lose the last 100.

Hi my name is Bill and I live in Marion, Ohio. I currently have been losing weight for 3.5 years now. I just woke up one day and decided "where was I ever going to stop." When I first began I was near 535 pounds! You read that right. I started on the South Beach for a few months and then Christmas came and I decided to "let myself enjoy the holiday." Well I put back on like 20 pounds in two-weeks of eating cookies and chex-mix. I soon after the first of the year joined my local YMCA. That has just been over three years now and I am healthier than ever. I currently weigh just over 320 pounds but don't look it. I carry most of my weight in my abdominal area (and it just won't go away) which just makes me mad. I was turned on to Sparkpeople through work. We currently are running a "Biggest Loser" type contest with teams. This has helped me stay motivated during the weekends since we weigh-in on Tuesday mornings. I currently try to lift weights 3-days per week while doing cardio-kickboxing on two-other days. If I feel 'peppy' I try to log an hour of interval walk/jog on my treadmill. I eat extremely clean (as you will notice in my food log) and I drink around 2+ gallons of water per day. My long term goal is to be in the low 200's with a "teen" body-fat percentage. Since I have always been heavy (since about age 6) this would be a whole new life that I am unfamiliar with. I love having to re-introduce myself to people from my past. Some people walk by and then turn around with that "don't I know you" look on their face. I hope that my story will inspire others and keep you going. Permanent weight loss is not a quick fix; as I can attest to this. But, if you're looking for a healthier life and more enjoyment it has to be done. 4 years ago I barely knew what vegetables were and now they are a staple of my diet. Some may look at my food log and wonder why I don't vary my diet much. To them I say "at any given time in my day I can tell you how many calories I have eaten." Take care and don't always let the scale rule your progress.
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  • no profile photo CD4228914
    "Take care and don't always let the scale rule your progress."

    Words to live by and words that I use almost daily in my responses to people!
    4268 days ago
    It always amazes me how far you have come. You are so close to you goal!! It's great to look back to where we were when we first started this journey and take pride in what we've done. You are amazing!
    4268 days ago
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