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    DENVERDAN   5,886
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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 wasn’t always easy, but it’s certainly been worth it – I feel great! I’ve 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 (It’s 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 don’t diet or count calories. I just learned to eat better by reducing sweeteners, simple carbs and processed foods.
• I don’t 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. It’s very motivating to fit into new, smaller sizes.
• Learned patience. Rapid weight loss doesn’t last. I didn’t 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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