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Formerly Obese

I lost 115 lbs and turned my health around at 30. Resolved diabetes, hypertension and fatty liver. I've kept my weight off for over 11 years. My wife lost 55 at the same time and has also maintained.

We made a radical lifestyle change to a low-glycemic/low-insulinemic diet and slowly phased in daily exercise. Mostly hiking.

It's my ambition to find a way to help others prevail over obesity and related illnesses. I want to show that it can be done. And that you ...
I lost 115 lbs and turned my health around at 30. Resolved diabetes, hypertension and fatty liver. I've kept my weight off for over 11 years. My wife lost 55 at the same time and has also maintained.

We made a radical lifestyle change to a low-glycemic/low-insulinemic diet and slowly phased in daily exercise. Mostly hiking.

It's my ambition to find a way to help others prevail over obesity and related illnesses. I want to show that it can be done. And that you can truly enjoy life doing it.

I'm happy to share my experiences with anyone.

I'm also very interested in talking with other long-term maintainers. I know my path is not the only way to make it work. I'd like to know what we have in common and how we differ.
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Member Since: 2/15/2013

My Goals:
To consistently act in the best interest of my health.

To show others that it's possible to lose a lot of weight and keep it off forever. And in doing so vastly reduce the odds of metabolic disease.

My Program:
Low-glycemic/low-insulinemic diet. A big emphasis on satiety. Daily exercise. Mostly hiking and biking along with body-weight exercise and stretching.

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TINAJANE76
9/18/2014 5:27:59 AM

Hi John and thanks for stopping by my blog about intuitive eating. Like you, intuitive eating for me isn't so much about eating everything and being able to stop with small portions, but about having the confidence to continue with the generally healthy rhythms I had already established. So yeah, I definitely won't be rushing out for a few bites of a Big Mac any time soon, lol! That used to be one of my pitfalls and it's still just better for me to stay away from it altogether.

Tracking has been a very useful tool for me, but at this point, somewhat of an unnecessary one. Part of becoming more comfortable in maintenance has meant simplifying things wherever I can and not having the added task of having to enter all of my food in a database is helping me to do that. Also being able to loosen my death grip on how closely I have to keep watch on my habits is helping me to feel more relaxed about and get more enjoyment out of the process of living a healthy life, instead of operating in constant fear of regain. I'm still weighing myself regularly, so if I start to see an upward trend, I can take action and there's no reason why I can't go back to my old way of doing things, even if it's just for a short period of time until I feel like I have things back under control.

Hope you're having a great week, John, and thanks again for your great comments.
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MAREE1953
7/6/2014 8:50:33 PM

Congratulations on 13 years! That's amazing!



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JOHN__
7/5/2014 6:50:08 PM

Thanks, Tina and Jean!



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JEANKNEE
7/2/2014 10:28:43 PM

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Wow John! Thirteen years!!!

Incredible work! Congrats...



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TINAJANE76
7/2/2014 10:17:56 PM

Hi John and many congratulations on your maintenance anniversary! Here's to getting it done.
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