I wanted to introduce myself to the Ohio Forum with the hopes of making some new friends, Friends to do some activity with, talk with, support, or just share ideas!
Left Highschool ( 92 ) weighing about 180, and pretty decent shape. Started working at a factory couple years later and had a major back injury, L4 / L5 Disc Compression. Surgery was an option, but decided not to do so young, and back slowly got better, but by this time, I had gained a lot of weight. After back was better, I lost 96lbs, only to hurt my back again during a squat.... the weight came back... This cycle would repeat itself 3 more time over 14 plus years, of weight loss and gain in the neighborhood of 100lbs...though everytime i gained back I would gain more than I loss...
Now, the year is 2009, and I injure my back again... This time i was done, done with the pain, done with the added weight, done with the immobility. I opted for a Discetomy of the L4/L5. This was absolutely the most pain I had ever been in in my life during this recovery. I was off work for 6 weeks and needed every second of that time. I still feel better month after month and it has been over 2.5 years since the surgery.
So, Jan 2012... My Company sponsored a program where they were going to take 12 people and give them 2 free trainers, a dietician and the on site company physical therapist for injuries, should there be any. Along with all the amazing people, we were given nutritional education classes, Grocery Store tours to help with food selection and basically 24/7 support from an amazing group of people. Jan. 3rd, 2012, i weighed in at 282lbs, not the heaviest i have been, but still heavy. Currently today i am at 246lbs, with a total of 36lbs of weight loss. My goal of 1 to 1.5 lbs per week is being met with ease. The key turning point in my life has been the surgery for one, but the accountability and knowledge transfer from this team of professionals. The dietician has us writing down everything we eat on a daily basis and turning it into her on a bi monthly basis, in which she comments back on what to change or what to try differently to help with our progress.... The key to this tracking is obviously being honest with yourself and the dietician... The food tracking, for me, has been the golden ticket. About two months after tracking it all just clicked.... That cookie will mean i have to run on the treadmill at 6.0 for 20minutes... That 6 pack of beer means 1.5 hours on the treadmill, etc... When I look at my BMR requirements and what a meal at Applebees was on a normal pre workout night; 2 Blue Moons ( Tall ), Split chips and queso appetizer, Queso Burger w/ fries, and split a dessert with a grand total of approx 3600 calories, and realizing i just ate 3 days worth of calories for my target of 1700, not to mention I had eaten breakfast, snack, lunch and snack that day already, so that pushed me over to 4500 plus calories for the day... I was completely disgusted!!!! No wonder i gained so much weight all the time....
June 7, 2012 - I am doing some sort of boot camp style workouts on Tuesday and Thursday with my team from work at 5:30am, once my minor hamstring injury heals, i will be back to running a 5K three days a week on the treadmill, and I am trying to work in weights more now...
So, I just thought i would drop into Spark People and tell my story and hope to make some new friends that I can bounce Ideas off of, and give ideas as well.... My Program at work ends July end, and I want to make sure I have some other form of accountability to report to and people to talk to and continue my amazing progress.... I look forward to meeting you all and at some point, getting our sweat on!!
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