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Credit to Less of Lee

Sunday, December 02, 2012

In my last blog I posted a new picture my weight loss buddy Lee took last friday. There is a good motivational story behind my relationship with Lee. This deserves a separate blog and so on the day I hit my 70lb weight loss and he hit his 73lb weight loss and his BMI went below 30 I thought I would share the story.

Lee and I used to work together as systems analysts/programmers and AT&T. About 6 years ago before AT&T outsourced our jobs to IBM and then IBM moved our jobs to India I went on a mad dash weight loss journey that took me from about 300lbs down to about where I am now. My method was for the most part 60 minutes at a high rate on my exercise bike each day and I ate a lot of salads. I did not discover strength training until towards the end of my journey. I was successful in the short term, but did not learn real world maintenance techniques and after the outsourcing I abandoned my weight loss journey and went back up to 285lbs.

During my journey I had many discussions with Lee who was heavier than I was and who was not willing to do anything about it. I tried to cajole him into joining me but with no success. Earlier this year Lee and his wife decided to do something about their weight. He also started to nudge me towards joining him. He started with weight watchers and move to and he kept on nudging me to join him. Finally in June I started to casually lose some weight my watching portions and lengthening my dog walks. (One of my dogs needed to lose weight also.)

This meth got me about a 10lb loss in less than 2 months. This final straw was when he weighed less than I did. Lee is an inch taller than I am and when he started was about as active as a post. I realized then that I needed to be more aggressive or eat all of the words I used to encourage him six years ago. I did not think I wanted to track my food. I initially wanted to repeat the method of my last success and in July I went looking for an exercise program to follow. I first looked at Lee;s site,. As much as I wanted to join him, I just did not see what I wanted on their site to help me with exercise. Fortuantely, the next site I found was SparkPeople. The rest is history.

Lee and I were no on the same journey. Along the way we have both made a concerted effort to stay in touch in e-mail and by phone. He used to do 1.5 hour long walks and we would talk while he walked. We have been very blunt with each other about our obeseness and the impacts of our bad habits. When I was with him on Friday he purchased his first pair of running shoes. He has now run 3 miles in one exercise session. After my nudging he is working gradually in strength training. I demonstrated kettlebells to him in a store while we are out. He still does not see them in his future. Partly because he travels for business.

For nutrition Lee and I have different approaches. He is a low carb person. He is not as low carb as some of the real serious low carbers. He still counts his calories. This is something low carbers usually do not do. I have followed the spark approach of staying with my ranges from carbs, fat and protein. Both methods have worked in that we have now lose a combined 143lbs this year and are both no longer obese. We have had some great philosophical discussions along the way. We respect each others approach and we continue to learn from each other.

Lee is also an active blogger and I would like to share his blog Less of Lee. (See below.) He is a Spark member (LeeBase), but he is not active on the site. He and his wife's success, they now have lost the equivalent of their youngest HS aged daughter, are truly motivational and he has been featured on a couple of national pod casts. I wish every sparker had a Less of Lee in the lives. It would make their journey easier as he has mine.
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  • HI-NRG
    Awesome story, and what a good friend you are. I like your common sense approach to your lifestyle change. That's what SparkPeople is all about.
    Thank you for sharing.
    2017 days ago
    How wonderful for both of you! Thanks for sharing Lee's page too. I love how the 2 of you respect what the other does, but you don't try to force your way on each other! I have friends who say why do you do that? I lost doing this and it is so much better! They want to criticize instead of support. Just because one thing doesn't work for someone doesn't mean it will not work for you. I also want to invite you to still visit the Firecrackers team page during this "down time" b/t challenges. Everyone loves to hear from you! That includes me BTW!
    2026 days ago
    I loaded up a dumbbell and have been swinging it like a kettlebell a little for the past few days. I know it's not the same, but been only doing the most basic things, just to see what it's like. I like the way it makes my back and shoulders feel, loose and flexible (rotater cuff injury). I've been taking it slow and easy, since there's no one nearby to take a class with, but I can see at least one or two kettlebells on the horizon. emoticon
    2027 days ago
  • JUDY106
    Thanks so much for sharing your friend's page. It has so much info in it. I booked marked it so i can go back and read and listen to the podcast more. i really enjoyed what I read and listen to.

    You are doing so well too. I didn't lose much in the month of Nov. only 3 lbs. I need to pick up my activities. I also need to stay at a more steady level on my calorie count. i have been hitting on the higher level of the calorie count more often then I was before.

    Here's to a better month in Dec. i have made some NEW goals for this month. I will talk about them later. I have to get to bed so I can get up at 6:00 AM and prepare for my two exercises classes scheduled for tomorrow.

    You really encourage me with your blogs, your replies to my blogs and my comments. Thanks so much. Hope you have a fabulous week. Hugs Judy
    2027 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/2/2012 9:09:48 PM
    What a terrific tribute to a friend! Nice.
    2027 days ago
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