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to the team, Adam! It's a great and supportive one, and quite active, to be honest. Poke around the links, join the challenges... or just find some friends who deal with the motivational issues just as you do!
Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!
Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
to an active and enthusiastic team. I'm fairly new here too. Together we can show "them"
Penny, Christchurch, NZDT GMT+12
Co-captain Panthers BL24
Genealogists live in the past lane.
The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better.
Welcome to the team, Adam! Take a look around and don't be shy about starting up a new discussion thread if you've got any questions or feel like you're struggling. There's a lot of wisdom here and our team members are very generous about sharing it!
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
Central European Time (CET), Venice, Italy
Welcome to the team Adam! It just never ceases to amaze me that men can have the same issues as women. DUH! This is a great team! Keep up the good work you are doing!
Susie South Central WI
“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!
I'm fairly new here, too. It's been nice to find a very ACTIVE group of people in the same boat I am in. I no longer feel like a lone boat drifting out at sea. :-)
My blog, about my personal experience and opinions of fitness related stuff: itallmakesadifference.blogspot.com/
Welcome, my Sparkly BFF! You SO belong here... and so does Jenni, my other Sparkly BFF. =)
Seriously, team... these two are beyond belief.
~Christie in NC
Highest weight: 251
Maintenance weight: 138
Over 110 pounds gone for good!
Hi everyone. I'm Adam.
I've got a long storied history with weight loss. I've been at "goal" before, but never have been able to be as focused as I have been in the last couple of years with regards to maintenance. Glad to have found a team of like-minded people that are going through some of the same struggles.
Reader's digest version of my story:
In 1998, I weighed 350lbs. I started to lose weight by simply walking and cutting out crap. Then met my future wife (JENNI329 on SP) when I weighed around 320(ish). She was heavy, too. She got me to join WW, and over the next two years, I lost 160lbs and got down to 190. In 2001, I ran the Kona Marathon.
The next 10 years or so I went up a little / down a little. Eventually, one day in 2008, I woke up and realized that I was about 290lbs again. I started the journey back to health. In 2010, I got back down to 195-200 and ran my second marathon. In 2011, I kept up the running and began running ultramarathons. Over the last part of the year (especially the holidays), I gained a bit of it back, and I entered this year coming in a 219. I set forth to get lean and mean.
More cross training, changed my eating (now I eat paleo/primal like), more body-weight training. Gave up beer. I've been down to as low as 175lbs. My body seems to be normalizing somewhere between 177-182. I'm still working on toning up and building muscle. I still have loose skin from being so big. I still deal with body image issues and some of the same hangups as everyone here, and everyone trying to get "here".
Anyways, I'm hoping that this group will give me some motivation and encouragement when I am lacking. And it's always good to see that other people have been able to make this transformation as well, and keep it off without being one of those data points about how people always gain the weight back (as I have done, more than once).
Thanks for having me! =)
"All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation." - Buddha