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Goal 2 Reached

Monday, March 02, 2009

2. Lose 10% BW (42.5lbs)-382.5lbs
Goal: 03/02/2009
Reached: 03/02/2009

Today was the end of Week 8, officially 2 months in and I weighed in at 376.8lbs! Down 9.8lbs from last week! Turns out my sparkfriends were correct....(I love sparkfriends!)....that my body was holding onto water weight the week prior where I only lost 2.2lbs. This makes an even 12lbs in the past 2 weeks, which is so motivational to keep going.

I'm officially down 48.2lbs in just 8 weeks. It may not be the 100lbs in 8 weeks that the Biggest Loser contestant was able to achieve, however its more then I ever dreamt possible for me. I still don't believe I am actually doing this. I have tried and failed so many times, part of me is trying not to get too excited as a small part of me still thinks it will end. This will not end! This is my lifestyle and I am more committed then ever before. It's March, and I am still sticking to my New Year's resolution, and by next new years I will still be sticking to it too!

I have read so many studies and articles saying that if one can lose just 10% of their body weight their overall health increases dramatically. I can say I can now feel those affects. When I look in the mirror I still see a fat person staring back at me...part of me is still in reality that thats not me trapped inside this fat suit. I have avoided looking at myself for so many years I still don't think I am as big as I am now, even after the weight loss thus far. I may not see a difference in my appearance, but I see a HUGE difference in my lifestyle.

When I think back to my old lifestyle, it wasn't even living. It is truly sad to think of it this way, but I was literally living day to day....I was in a struggle with a very unstable body, that could literally have gone at any day. It's hard to think of it this way, but I know if I had continued in that lifestyle I wouldn't have lived to see my 30th birthday. I would literally sleep for 10+ hours a day, watch tv for 3 or 4 hours, then eat an enormous dinner, go to class for 3 hours, eat some more and watch tv for another 4 hours, then eat even more. If I wanted to do laundry one day, that was my daily project, i would spend 2 hours worrying about doing it, then do it, then be so exhausted I would have to rest for the rest of the day. It's disgusting to think that I have not done so many things because of the fears I would have. If friends wanted to go to the movies the first thing I would have to think about in my head was how are we getting there? Could I fit in the car if someone was driving us? I would avoid any get togethers and be completely miserable at any work trainings or outings I was forced to go to. There are so many places I want to go, so many things I want to see, so many things I want to do, and I'm not limiting myself now because of my size. When I graduate teachers college next May (2010) I want to travel for at least a year, teach English somewhere overseas, and just go out and live!

So anyways, I have rambled next goal is Goal #3-Lost 20% BW (85lbs) -340lbs by May 18/09. That gives me another 11 weeks to lose 36.8 pounds, roughly 3.35lbs/week. This goal should be pretty attainable if I am able to keep pulling big numbers like this for a while. It is at a rate of about 1% BW or less per week which is pretty healthy.
These next 6 weeks (until April 14) are going to be my most trying task yet. I have my last 5 weeks of classes followed by exams-which is equal to stress in a nutshell. If I can stay focued for this next month and a half I know I will weigh less then 300lbs by September.
I have the financial luxury of being able to take this summer off. I have decided for myself this is something I need to do. I have worked so hard (60+hours/week) since I was 14 years old. This is what was a large contributor to putting on this weight. As of April 14, I will be done school until September 7. During these 4 months I will have very, very few responsibilities besides taking care of myself. I will be working very part time (less then 10hrs/week) and taking only 1 online course for 6 weeks in May and June. If I can make it through these next 6 weeks, I am confident I will stick to this. So this is the next task ahead of me. Do what I just did in the last 8 weeks (lose 10% BW) all over again. In 11 weeks I will weigh another 40lbs less, and I will feel even better!
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    You are doing so wonderful! You should definitely be proud of yourself. CONGRATULATIONS!
    3700 days ago
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    Way to go Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3700 days ago
  • SWEETMELISSAKAE amaze me! emoticon emoticon

    I have to tell you...I definitely cried a bit while reading this incredible blog entry...
    so much of what you wrote struck my core...because I've been there...
    the tears were as much for you having to have gone through that as it was for my pain of similar memories...but those tears fell even more when they fell for joy!
    Because you and I are both putting those things behind us! I mean...look at what you've accomplished!!!!!
    Your future is soooo bright...there is so much ahead of you that you can do and will be able to do! I'm so proud of you!

    Just never give up...keep it healthy! :)

    3700 days ago
  • JAZZYJUDE are inspiring me! YOU GO GUY!! You are driven to make this a success and it shows! Keep it up, you are doing fantastic!
    3701 days ago
  • JENNY9784
    emoticon on reaching a new goal! You're doing great! Doesn't it feel so good to see the results of everything you have been working so hard on?? Keep up the hard work and you will love the end results! emoticon
    3702 days ago
    Wow! What progress you have made. It's VERY inspiring!! emoticon
    3702 days ago
    You have what it takes to reach all of your goals! You are doing an awesome job of making them happen. I am rooting for you all the way dear MrChris!
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    3702 days ago
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