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Saturday, March 02, 2013

I finally made it to that big milestone. I've lost 100 pounds! I've still got a long way to go. My doctor wants me to lose another 50-60 pounds but look how far I've come! Over the next few blogs I'm going to try to share with you as openly and honestly as I can about my journey to this point. Perhaps it will inspire, motivate or educate one of you.

First a quick background. I can 't tell you what my top weight was (I have actually lost more than 100 pounds) but the first time I got a scale that could handle my weight it said 345. At that point I had already lost a little weight so I can safely say I was over 350. I'm about 5'8 if that gives you any point of reference.

Years of obesity had led to many health problems and I vowed if I recovered I was going to make the change. It wasn't easy. Don't expect to find some "big secret" here. What I do want to share with you today is how I got started. This may sound like an odd thing to share but for a person that felt the task too large it was the way I moved out of the starting gate.

1) I had to know where I was. I bought a scale that could weigh me accurately and stepped on. After I came to grips with that HUGE number I set a goal to lose ten pounds. Just TEN pounds. I didn't look beyond that.

2) I spent the first day just tracking what I ate with no modification in my diet. It was eye opening.

3) I looked at where I could make a few small changes that I could sustain. In those early days it was just to eat at the top of my range. That was a BIG step. It basically forced me to weigh and measure my foods.

4) I vowed to do some form of exercise each day. In the beginning it was walking around my kitchen island for 5 minutes.

5) I told somebody what I was doing for accountability.

6) I started a little paper clip chain - one clip for each pound. I put it on my pantry door where it would remind me how hard I worked for each little clip before I took something out to eat.

7) I began looking up restaurant food online.

That's really all I did in the beginning. I did lose. Even eating at the top of my range for a sedentary person I lost. It was a big change from eating with no boundaries and my body began responding.

That initial success motivated me to press on!


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If you are reading this and have had little or no success so far in your journey - take heart. I'm 57 with bilateral total knee replacements and was obese for 3-1/2 decades. If I can do it... you can too. You just have to decide you want to lose weight. That's not the same as wanting to be thin. It requires sustained ACTION.

Before I close today I want to share two pictures with you. I have not found a picture of me at my highest weight (will continue to look) but this one is way up there and shows how much I have changed!




Stay tuned... I've got a lot more to share! PRESS ON!
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