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