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I did it - 80 pounds in 18 months!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

After 18 months of hard work, today I reached my final weight goal. It wasnt always easy, but its certainly been worth it I feel great! Ive proven I can lose weight, now my focus changes to maintaining my new healthy, active lifestyle.

Then and now:

November 2010
Weight; 254 lbs
BMI; 35.4 (obese)
Pant size; 40-42
Fitness; Ran a 5k thought I was going to die when I finished

April 2012
Weight; 174.5 (Its been over 20 years since I weighed this little)
BMI; 24.3 (normal)
Pant size; 32-33
Fitness; recently ran a half marathon in under 2 hours training for a full marathon.

How I did it:
I dont diet or count calories. I just learned to eat better by reducing sweeteners, simple carbs and processed foods.
I dont focus on my weight. Instead I worked on fitness and healthy eating. The weight takes care of itself.
At about one year in I struggled with lack of motivation and a knee injury. I hired a personal trainer who taught me to strength train. This added muscle and variety to my workouts which I found to be extremely beneficial.
Registered for several organized races. This kept me motivated to train as I knew I had to be ready for the next race.
A wide variety of exercises (e.g. walking during lunch breaks, kettlebells in the evening while watching TV, workouts at the gym, spinning classes, yoga, running, weight lifting, cycling, etc)
I listen to health and fitness podcasts while commuting and during walks.
Setting weight and fitness goals which allow for the inevitable stumbling blocks (e.g. injuries, plateau, busy schedule, life events, etc)
Shared my goals and progress with friends and coworkers. This caused me to feel accountable and helped me resist food temptations during social events.
Rewarded myself with new clothes along the way. Its very motivating to fit into new, smaller sizes.
Learned patience. Rapid weight loss doesnt last. I didnt get heavy overnight slow and steady weight-loss is the key to lasting success.

I plan to continue logging my weight and fitness on SP and checking in on my friends. Thanks for all the great support. Remember If I can do it, so can you. Keep up the great work!



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HGSGUY 4/29/2012 11:13PM

    Awesome feeling isn't it? Hang onto that feeling always and maintain the maintaining! I keep telling myself, been there, done that, ain't never going back!

I am planning to do a 10K this year. Have fun working on your marathon!

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JUDYAMK 4/29/2012 2:09PM

    Good for you Dan you look great!!!!

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SBNORMAL 4/29/2012 7:09AM

  Good luck with your marathon training!! Thanks for the encouragement.

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STRIVER57 4/29/2012 4:29AM


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OUT-OF-ASHES 4/29/2012 12:35AM

    wow! You rock! emoticon

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MERETONI 4/29/2012 12:25AM

    This is awesome. Congratulations!

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