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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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  • PRANALII
    very motivating..it's hard to maintain..good job!!
    3897 days ago
  • MUSHCAT
    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
  • BUCKEYESKIER
    That is awesome that you have been able to maintain the weight loss and kudos for posting your before picture.
    3898 days ago
  • BILLALEX70
    Awesome work! Kudos for posting the pictures as well.
    3898 days ago
  • CFMOSS
    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
  • HAPPYNSMILING
    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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