Thursday, May 15, 2014
Like me, my husband struggled with his weight most of his life. He was pretty much raised by his grandmother and there was never a shortage of food in the house. There was a southern cooked meal almost every night and, when his great-grandmother was living, there was a huge spread at breakfast too. By playing baseball and football, he kept his weight under control most of the time.
Around our Freshman or the first part of our Sophomore year in high school, my husband threw his arm out playing baseball. He was an awesome pitcher.....probably would've gotten a scholarship to play in college. I guess years of pitching more games in a row than he should have messed his arm up. The doctors told him that even with surgery, he'd probably never be able to pitch again. Not long after that, he dropped out of school. I'm really not sure what the exact reason was behind it..... there were some family things going on around that same time. After that was when his weight started to climb.
When I graduated from high school in 2006, my husband had lost a lot of weight...can't exactly remember how much though. I moved in with him the very next week and that's when both of our weight started to climb again.
We both put on quite a bit of weight over the last 8 years. We would gain some, then diet and lose some and then gain it and more all over again. It wasn't until about a year or so ago that my husband took losing weight seriously.
The week our son was born, my husband went in to see his doctor for a check-up and for him to get his meds refilled. When they checked his blood pressure, it was pretty high. The doctor told him that if he would lose at least 20 pounds, he may not have to go on blood pressure medication. That woke my husband up! His dad is on medication for blood pressure and he knew he didn't want to be on it as well. My husband knew he had to do something.
Since then my husband has lost 103 pounds!!! He went from 285 lbs down to 182 lbs!! He went from wearing 42x30 in pants and a XXL in shirts to a 30x30 in pants (some 32x30) and a M to L in shirts!! Everyone tells him how good he looks and are really impressed with how much weight he's lost. He's even inspired my dad to try to lose some weight. I'm so proud of him and it makes me want to work even harder!!!
This was taken in Mexico during our first cruise in Sept. 2011. I'm pretty sure this is close to his highest weight.
This was taken during our last cruise at the end of April this year.
Here's some closer up before and after pictures of just him: