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I am a 50 year old husband and father of 2 boys. I have been married for 23 years. I have away been overweight all my known life. When I was a kid my mother used to buy me pants labeled "Husky".

I started working in high school at fast food restaurants. This did not help either my weight or my complexion. I when from 230 to over 275. I eventually ballooned to over 300 pounds. At the age of 25 a friend challenged me to lose weigh since he did. I when down to 250 before losing interest and letting life get in the way.

Then I got married and ballooned back to 300 pounds. My wife had gotten breast cancer and we changed the way we ate. I went down to 250 again when life got in the way again.

After reaching 305 pounds when I walked into a TOPS (Taking Off Pound Sensibly) meeting. I decided that I needed to not let life rob me of the healthful life I wanted. I was now on blood pressure medications and I was unable to get around like I did when I was younger.

That was 3 years ago and Spark People has help me keep track of all I am doing. I can now say that I am almost where I was in high school. The suit I got married in, fit me the other day and I was able to start wearing my wedding ring again. I was an awesome feeling.

At 50 years old I am hoping to start a new chapter in my life by motivating people and receiving support from like minded people.

My oldest son is a boxer. His trainer told him the following quote:

"Everybody has the desire to win, but not many have the desire to prepare (train) to win."

I have turned this around to say:

"Everyone has the desire to have a slim shapely body, but not many people have the will to dedicate themselves to reach that goal."

In the bible the book of Hebrews 12:1(b)

"Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

I pray that we all many run with perseverance.

Tony G

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