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My weight loss journey begins in 1980, in my early 20s, when I had reached 270lbs.
Started a low-cal 850 calories/day program, lost 70lbs in 5 months. Great, I don't need to keep paying for this diet, I know what to do now, I can manage myself. I was a beer drinker, a lot of beer, so for the next 12 years or so, I managed myself by continually putting on and losing the same 70lbs.
Reached 280lbs by 1989, then I quit drinking, weight began falling off! I began eating wiser and in a year I had lost 85lbs.
Got lazy and by 1994 was at 250, started WW, lost 40lbs but hated the program. I was the only guy in a group of about 50 women, they were all wonderful and friendly but I still felt totally out of place. Left there and put the weight, and more, back on, More self-managing, and in 2003 I had reached 280lbs. The Mrs and I went on Atkins. Loved it!!! Could eat my fill in meat and I rarely felt hungry ... but I missed potatoes. Then on vacation, we had a plate of fries and swore "one and done" ... that was a lie lol. Gave up the Atkins and started eating carbs again, the weight piled back on harder than ever.
2008 and the Doctor forced me to get on his scale (hadn't weighed myself in over two years, I knew it was bad) 360lbs! I was in shock.
By this point I had failed at most dieting strategies and needed something drastic that didn't involve surgery ... a shake diet it is. It was a medically surpervised program, vitals taken every week, monthly appointments with a Doctor. I don't remember the exact duration anymore, 3 months, maybe longer?, of nothing but shakes and water, absolutely no solid food. Then you are weaned back onto real food. I lost 100lbs in six months! Then had a celebratory binge weekend and never went back to the program. I was doing very well on my though for the next 7 or 8 months ... then June 2008 and my life turned upside down. I did my best but by 2010 I was beaten, and succumbed to old habits.
By 2014 I had quit weighing myself again.
In 2015 I had chest pains one night and went to the ER, ruled out heart attack but had to see a cardiologist, when they weighed me for a stress test I was sure I saw 412lbs on the scale. I tried eating smarter after that (fewer potato chips)
By 2017 I was prediabetic
In May 2019 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, that got my attention. I (rather my wife) got strict with my diet, I was getting my diabetes in check and my clothes were feeling looser (I still wouldn't get on a scale)
March 2020 we get quarantined. I'm over 60, over weight, and have diabetes, I'm a very high risk for Covid. I really don't understand why, but for some reason my eating habits went down the tubes when I went into isolation.
By Sept 27/2020 a number of factors had convinced me that I have to do something now.
I came back to spark and tracked my first meal. I had to order a new scale, it arrived 3 days later and my first recorded weight in years read 380.3 lbs. It wasn't as bad as I had imagined. I estimate I was probably 384lbs when I started on the Sunday. Anyhow, yesterday I was 374.7 (could've been lower but I had a meltdown last friday) things are going in the right direction.

If you read through this entire essay, thanks!
If you didn't, I don't blame you lol.

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  • v no profile image KATTHOMAS2
    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too, even if it is a quiet one!
    10 days ago
    Thank you for your encouragement and comment on my blog post. I feel you...we are fighting the same battle and I am grateful to not be alone in this battle. Glad you are a happy guy this morning.
    14 days ago
  • v MARILYNS481
    Welcome back so glad you have returned

    I see from your sparkpage you joined back in 2017 - how about going to your sparkpage and updating letting us know of progress you might have made - glad you have returned to sparkpeople

    Also remember to participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined as that is where you will be encouraged and motivated
    19 days ago
    Hello and Welcome!

    This is a great community with lots of helpful and supportive members.
    Being active on the site will help keep you motivated. Logging in daily, participating on your Spark Teams, and using the tips and tools here will help you reach your goals. The Nutrition and Fitness trackers are so helpful.

    Just take it one day at a time. You can do it!
    19 days ago