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10/7/09 2:25 P

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I guess it is time to introduce myself!! Should I give the life spiel? Hmm... ;)

When I was 19yo I got my g/f at the time pregnant. We broke up when my daughter was about 5 months old and to be able to provide my daughter I joined the United States Air Force as a 3C0X2 (Communications Computer Systems Programmer). I was 180lbs when I joined with a small belly. Upon leaving basic training I was ripped with a 6 pack and weight in at 160lbs. I was enlisted for several years working out 5 days a week when I managed to slip on some ice and severely injured both my knees. My weight problems started there as almost everything I did/could do to work out I no longer could, however my calorie intake never changed. I rapidly gained weight. I was granted a medical discharge. I managed to land an awesome job back home as I was leaving the AF. Upon arriving home I discovered some things about my daughter mother that were very unsettling. As a result I filed for and won full custody of my daughter. In the midst of readjusting to civilian life I had the added responsibility of caring for my little girl, which I had not had to do before. The last thing on my mind at the time was exercise or my own weight. By the time I got custody of her I weighed a little over 230lbs. A couple years later I met woman who is now my wife and Mommy to my little girl (Her bio-mother has pretty much disappeared). We have been married for about 1.5 years now and life is great!

Today I was looking through some old pictures of me in the Air Force and I just became sad... I want to see my daughter grow up and get married and live her life... I don't to die an early death because I was too lazy to work out or control what I ate. So today, as I sit at 280lbs with early stage fatty liver disease, I set a goal to lose 120lbs in 1 year. I may not make the full 120lbs (I know that is a large goal) but the more I think something is impossible the more my stubbornness comes out and MAKES it possible!

Thanks SparkPeople for having me and I look forward to my journey!!

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