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Amazing Shrinking Layne

My name is Layne and Iíve been overweight since childhood. After living most of my life as the fat kid/guy, I had essentially accepted that as my fate. I firmly believed that I would be overweight the rest of my life. As much as I wanted that to not be true, I never did anything to change it. The laziness that got me there was hell bent on keeping me there and sadly I was willing to let that happen. I would see more obese people struggling to be mobile, to breathe, or remain in decent ...
My name is Layne and Iíve been overweight since childhood. After living most of my life as the fat kid/guy, I had essentially accepted that as my fate. I firmly believed that I would be overweight the rest of my life. As much as I wanted that to not be true, I never did anything to change it. The laziness that got me there was hell bent on keeping me there and sadly I was willing to let that happen. I would see more obese people struggling to be mobile, to breathe, or remain in decent health and I couldnít understand how they could let themselves go so far. It never occurred to me that slowly but surely I was headed down that very same road.

I wish, for the sake of telling a good story, I could say I had some great ďAHA!Ē moment but not so much. There were plenty of chances for reality to bitch-slap me into getting my act together. When all my clothes had to be bought at the Big & tall store, when I had to buy my first 4XL shirt or 50Ē+ pants, when it took an employee at 6 Flags putting everything he had into helping me get the ride restraints closed (in front of a crowdÖ), when getting my driverís license and told them I weighed 300 lbs and the guy looked at me like I was crazy, when I started making decisions about what I would or wouldnít do because of my weight. So many wake up calls, So many times I rolled over and went back to sleep. We come up with so many excuses for why we donít try or why we canít do it. I came up with so many excuses that I actually ran out. When a group of (much smaller/healthier) friends decided they all had a few pounds to lose and would have a weight loss challenge I tried to come up with any excuse I could to not do it. My biggest reason was because I didnít want to stand on a scale and admit to myself how much I actually weighed (and the thought of telling my friends was pretty horrifying to boot). At the end of the day though, I knew there was absolutely no reason for me not to participate. Iím pretty certain that getting me to do it wasnít their motivation but if it was they are evil geniuses and God blessí em for being so.

So on January 1, 2008 I set out to change my life. I had never tried to lose weight before (like I said, I was lazy. And stupid apparently) so I had no idea what to expect. I really donít know why, but I didnít just give it a whirl or the old college try. I decided from the start that I was going to try my damnedest. I completely altered my lifestyle. I had to. I had done everything wrong for 20 years. I began counting calories and eating a healthy amount. I started eating more fruits and veggies. I stopped drinking all pop (which I used to live off of) and started drinking water. Lots of water. LOTS of water. I started eating breakfast everyday. I joined the gym closest to my house (its more expensive than most but Iím so glad I picked the closest one, I know I wouldnít go nearly as often if I had to go halfway across town. Its hard to make excuses not to go when I drive by it on the way home from work.) and started going virtually everyday.

I originally set an ambitious goal of losing approx. 70 lbs by the end of the year which would get me under 300 lbs (Started at 367). I had no idea what to expect. No idea if I would succeed or fail miserably. No idea if I would succeed for a while and then regress (that was the scariest one to me). If I had been asked to give odds at the start, the longest shot would have been to make my goal. Well, I was in fact wrong about that oneÖ Instead of losing 70 lbs in a year, I lost it in 5 Ĺ months! By the end of the year I had lost 147 lbs. I made my goal and then I did it a second time. Sometimes I still donít believe itís true.

My formula was pretty easy. I burned more calories than I consumed. Simple math. Eat right and sweat. I havenít starved myself or started eating bland food. I just make smarter choices. If you are hungry or hate your food, you are doing something wrong. You can eat tasty food (I LOVE seriously spicy tacos) and still lose weight. I work out 6 days a week, lift weights 3 days a week and leave the gym covered in sweat. Itís a little gross to sweat so much but I wear it as a badge of honor. I earned that sweat. I worked my butt off (literally) and the sweat is proof of a job well done. People who know Iíve lost weight donít have to wonder how I did it, they see me leave the fitness room and they know.

Iíve physically transformed my body. Iím more fit than I ever would have imagined I could be. But Iím changing in other ways as well. Iím far more social. More willing to put myself out there. I donít worry about how other people see me cause I like what they are looking at and that is good enough for me. I can spend my time focusing on having fun. Iím also becoming more adventurous. After the 6 Flags incident I havenít been back to an amusement park. Iíve spent the last 6 years an hour from the roller coaster capital of the world and havenít gone because I knew it wasnít going to be pleasant. You better believe Iíll be going this summer. I am going backpacking in the Cascades this summer and I canít wait. I can't get there soon enough. The old me would never have attempted anything like that.

So that is the State of the Layne as of now (I hadnít update this part of my profile in 9 months and thought it was time). I still have some weight to lose and goals to achieve but Iím ecstatic with how far Iíve come.

Best of luck to all of you on reaching your goals

Goals:
#1 - under 300 lbs by 12/31/2008
Achieved 5/8/2008 (237 days early!)
Fast Track #1 - under 300 lbs by my birthday (6/10/2008)
Achieved 5/8/2008 (33 days early!)
Actual weight on 6/10/2008 - 278.8 lbs

#2 - 100 lbs lost by 9/1/2008
Achieved 7/11/2008 (52 days early!)
Fast Track #2 - 100 lbs lost by Yurtopia! (8/8/2008)
Achieved 7/11/2008 (28 days early!)

#3 - under 250 lbs by 9/1/2008
Achieved 8/29/2008 (3 days early!)

#4 - Just keep losing through end of year (done and done)

#5a - Weight Goal: 200 lbs
Really Good Weight Goal: Sub-200 lbs
Go Big or Go Home Weight Goal: Find my Ultimate Goal Weight and start maintaining it (Basically I have no clue where the finish line is but I have to think that if I get to 200 I'll start to get a pretty good idea and be within striking distance)

#5b - Running Goal: Run a 5k & 10k
Really Good Running Goal: Run a few 5k's & 10k's
Go Big or Go Home Running Goal: Run a half marathon

#5c - Misc. Fitness Goals:
50 push-ups in 60 seconds
3+ minute plank
I'll try and come up with more of these...




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My Goals:
#1: under 300 lbs - 5/8/2008
#2: 100 lbs lost - 7/11/2008
#3: under 250 lbs - 8/29/08
#4: more gone

I don't really know what my ultimate goal is. If I could get to 200 that would be fantastic. Below that? That would be just fine too

Running:

#1: Run a 5k
#2: Run a 10k
#3: Run a half marathon
#4: Run a marathon

My Program:
I'm working out basically every day. I do 30-60 mins of cardio a day and some weight training 2-3 times a week.

I'm watching my calorie intake but not worrying so much about all the other stuff. I'm not watching those numbers super closely, just being as smart about it as I can (not eating crap high in sodium, fat etc).

Also, I've stopped drinking pop, started eating breakfast, and am working on fighting my urges to snack (doing pretty good on that one too)

Personal Information:
I live near the Harvard area of Toledo, OH. I'm 28 years old and have been big since childhood.

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9/14/2012 9:59:11 AM

I feel so lucky to still be able to be part of your FB life.
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2/2/2011 12:30:29 AM

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12/25/2010 1:37:30 PM

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and peace for 2011!
2011 looks like two legs standing tall and strong (that could be you!)
2011 has double #1s, for personal victory and private focus for yourself!
2011 has all the promise of a bright and shining new year!

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11/4/2010 2:21:42 AM

We've been friends for so long... I was reading comments from 2008, and I started to tear up!!

You really mean a lot to me, and though I've always felt those feelings, sometimes I forgot from where they stemmed. I was reminded, tonight.

Thank you for being my Sparkfriend, and my dear friend!
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9/27/2010 2:49:30 AM

Could be "Layne Walking a Lane" picture, though.



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