60 lbs gone for three years now

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I still cannot believe I have kept 60 lbs off for about three years now, within plus or minus five pounds. I have finally decided to post some before / after photos, mostly as a reminder to myself to never let myself go back there. The before photo is not even my heaviest but it's the only I had, taken at the start of one of my many weight loss attempts. I have never shown anyone that photo before and have kept it hidden. But I have finally decided that it would be best to keep it out in the open to me as a reminder.

It does amaze me that I never really realized how big I had gotten. When I looked in the mirror, it never seemed that bad, even though I knew I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, walked with a cane around the house because my feet and knees always hurt. I used the walls at work because I was too vain for the cane. I did keep the cane as a reminder as well. Because of the three co-existing obesity related medical conditions, I was being evaluated for gastric bypass. But insurance pulled the plug on that option because of the cost and I ended up doing it the old fashioned way with diet and exercise. Even with all that, I never realized how big I was, except in photos, which I avoided like the plague.

So today I post the photos, so I will always remember and be aware and stop hiding behind food and excuses. I am also keeping in mind that I have not taken this weight loss journey to win attention from guys or to be more socially accepted. I did it for me, just me, so that I can live my life to the fullest.

I deserve it.

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    very's hard to maintain..good job!!
    3897 days ago
    emoticon emoticon What a tremendous accomlishment and what an inspiration. I didn't get fat overnight, so I won't lose the weight overnight, but I am making slow progress. Hopefully this time, like you, I can keep it off for good!
    3898 days ago
    That is awesome that you have been able to maintain the weight loss and kudos for posting your before picture.
    3898 days ago
    Awesome work! Kudos for posting the pictures as well.
    3898 days ago
    Wow! I'm so glad you posted - I've lost a similar amount of weight and it is encouraging to know that it can be kept off forever (smile) - i've done well for about 5 months, but it is a constant journey. Congrats.
    3898 days ago
    emoticon That is awesome...good for you. It makes me happy for you. I hope I do as good with my weight loss. I have maintained 30 lbs off for 2 months and counting.
    3898 days ago
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