Out with the old...
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.