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Hi, I'm just a regular guy who's made some serious progress in his health in the last year, and I'm looking to keep it up.

I've been overweight since the age of about 6, not long after I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. My weight ballooned in college (the freshman 40! maybe 50!), then again ten years ago after quitting smoking.

Over the years I had periodically dieted, even experiencing some moderate success; losing 50 pounds here, 75 pounds there. But eventually, as all too many people know, I would fall back into the old habits.

I changed my lifestyle in late January of 2008, following a routine physical exam with a new doctor, where I received the Type II diabetes diagnosis I had been fully expecting.

At that time I weighed 342 pounds, and had pretty poor blood chemistry:

Glucose: 171
Total Cholesterol: 239
Triglycerides: 288
HDL Cholesterol: 48
LDL Cholesterol: 133

I knew I could choose to just hang back, slack off, continue eating my horrific diet of primarily pizza and Chinese food and pop a pill or two every day in an attempt to keep my glucose level in check. That would have been the easy -- and significantly more tasty -- way out.

Instead I immediately went out and bought a scale (that could handle my heft, natch), a food scale, and got a membership to the local YMCA. I learned to weigh my portions, so that I actually knew my caloric intake. My doctor also sent me to a nutritionist, so I soon discovered I had cut my calories by far too much. I quickly found a food routine that worked for me, providing me with the proper nutrients and calories, and stuck with that. I think a lot of people would likely be rather bored with such a routine, but the most important thing is that it WORKED.

I started out slowly at the gym, mainly just walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a time. Gradually I worked in weights to strengthen my leg muscles, then the elliptical.

After about 7 months, I had lost about 95 pounds, and my blood chemistry was:

Total Cholesterol: 155
Triglycerides: 95
HDL Cholesterol: 49
LDL Cholesterol: 87
Hemoglobin A1C: 5.6

Not long thereafter I discontinued the CPAP machine (for obstructive sleep apnea) that I had slept with for almost 10 years. Sleeping without a tether is a wonderful thing.

Weight-wise, I'm about where I was when I graduated from high school nearly 25 years ago. That's good, but not good enough. I'm wondering what I'll look like at a "normal" weight, and damn it...I want to find out.


Member Since: 1/6/2009

Fitness Minutes: 2,488

My Goals:
To feel better overall; not just physically, but mentally as well.


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I eat pretty much the same thing every day, around 1800 calories worth.

I walk briskly and jog on a 5-to-15-degree incline @ 4.2 - 6.5 MPH at least three times a week for 30-45 minutes. I also do some light weight training in an attempt to firm up in some of the more conspicuous areas.



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  • v SPASCAPE
    I loved reading your page, after a funny you left on another thread. You are doing awesome with your weight "release". Here's to never finding it again.

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    3141 days ago
  • v FORMYGIRLS2008
    Welcome to SparkPeople and to SP Class of January 4-10, 2009 Team! It's great to have you as a member. My name is Bethany, and I am one of the leaders on the team.

    Your at the right place to reach your final goal!!! The support here is amazing!

    If you have any questions feel free to ask our team for the answers or ask me!

    So dive in and have some fun and expect to make some wonderful friends!

    Good luck on the rest of your journey!!!

    emoticon on your weight loss so far, that is awesome and very inspiring!!!
    3182 days ago