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4/20/15 12:02 P

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Hi Carl!
The past is behind you, so congrats on committing to a healthy change! The advice you are getting is right on- the small rewards and goals make a big difference in attitude toward losing weight! I look at my goal to lose over 150lbs and my brain freaks out- but I see the goal of losing just 5% of my body weight? That looks achievable! So definitely join the 1% challenge! Also, find some friends here- I have never been a part of a more supportive or understanding group. Because we have all and all are there, so we get it! Welcome- you can do this!

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4/18/15 6:19 A

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If you look on the team pictures or in the photos on my page, you can see how I have my goals set up.

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4/18/15 12:06 A

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I like the small rewards things. I wouldn't mind dropping a few dress sizes before Sept. It is completed unrelated to my health goals or why I am here, but I am planning my first trip over seas, taking my son to a video game convention in Birmingham England.

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4/16/15 8:33 P

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Oh yeah, small goals with non-food rewards. I keep a chart with goals for every 5 lb and 5% increment of loss. Small rewards for small goals (new book, date night, etc) and larger rewards for big milestones (weekend getaway, new tool, family photos). It really helps to have goals that aren't 100+ lbs away.

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4/16/15 11:10 A

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Welcome to the team! It takes time, patience and dedication but as long as you keep trying and keep pushing yourself to go just a little further you will get there! One of my favorite parts about this journey is experimenting with new healthy foods. I've discovered that while I was eating crap, I've been missing out on a lot of great food!

Good Luck! You can do this!

One step at a time...
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4/16/15 10:34 A

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Welcome to the team. great advice from JTaylor.

A great place to start is posting on the 1% at a time challenge here on the team. Small successes will help keep you motivated to keep going.

Good luck!

~Bill
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4/16/15 10:01 A

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Thanks. I just started last night, do the tips and suggestions are awsome!

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4/16/15 9:27 A

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Welcome aboard, Carl. I'm also an IT guy in OH (Columbus, but my company HQ is in Cleveland). Don't be discouraged. You can get your weight under control, it just takes commitment and planning. Be sure to track everything you eat. Just 100 calories a day over what you burn will put on 10 lbs a year. Get exercise in however you can. I had to start with seated workouts, and could barely keep up for the 10 minutes. I played a lot of wii tennis over the winter, since I couldn't get outside, and just about 14 weeks after starting I am getting in about 20-25 miles a week walking, injuries and weather permitting, and am down over 60 lbs.

I suggest planning meals (Dinner at the least) about a week at a time. Control portions, and measure and weight everything you can. It will be habit before long. (a spring food scale costs about $7) When you know what you are having for dinner, you know how many calories you can use for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I usually give myself a couple of breakfast options to choose from. For me, I usually have stuff on hand for eggs (or egg whites, 17 calories vs 50) and toast with low fat ham, or make a sandwich from the same, or instant grits and fruit, etc. Then lunch is usually salad or leftovers. Tracking dinner before I eat it really helps me to know when I can have a bigger lunch, or more calorie heavy snack.

Let me know if you have questions on what else works for me, I am happy to share.

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4/16/15 7:45 A

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Thanks, I am outside of my comfort zone. I am so used to just doing stuff. Time to admit I need the support.

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4/16/15 7:11 A

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emoticon I truly believe you came to the right place! The support is amazing! This is only my second week and I am down over 12 pounds! I wish you the best of luck in all your goals! We can do this!

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4/16/15 5:45 A

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I am Carl, I live in Cleveland, OH and I am in some desperate need of change. I recently went to get a pinched nerve in my lower back treated where I was turned away for not being healthy enough for an injection. I am 37 years old and dealing with, aside from being 400 lbs, non-alcoholic liver disease. Both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have declared my weight and over all health to be an issue and will not place me on the list for a new liver till I am under 300 lbs. I have spent the better part of the last 7 years pretending I was a yo-yo and just bobbing up and down.

I decided, through the encouragement of a beautiful friend of mine, to check out this site. So I am going to use it to its full advantage, use all of the tools and participate as best I can in all the activities.

Aside from what brings me here; I am a father, single, great job doing what I love (been working in IT for 17 years now) and trying to travel and see the world, spending good time with my son, and basically being mellow and loving life.

Thanks for the warm welcome, I look forward to meeting everyone.

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