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8/11/08 10:59 P

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It was a photo that turned me around too. Glad your MIL took that for you, and also glad that you woke up to your life.

Congratulations on the progress you've made so far. This team is fantastic for support.

Welcome aboard.

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8/5/08 12:42 P

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What awesome progress you've made! emoticon

I know your wife and children must be very proud of you. Keep up the great job you're doing.

Cindy
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
Edward Abbey
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8/5/08 11:07 A

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All I can say is "WOW"! You are doing great! Such a dramatic change even in your head shots. You are an inspiration. There are not many things in this life that we have control over,taking care of ourselves is about the only thing.
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8/5/08 11:07 A

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Well I say good for you! Your doing everything that you can to loose the wieght and have lost wieght. So thats great. My husband is 6'4", but he only ways 250. Well keep up the great work.

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8/5/08 10:58 A

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So, this is me and thats all that I am, which is what you ask? I am a Dad in his 30's married to the most wonderful woman that a guy could want and over the past 7 years I have gained a lot of weight due to an injury that I got back in 2001 to my lower back while loading a truck. I blew up to 534 lbs and enough was enough. I was that guy that never realized just how big he had gotten until one day reality slapped him in the face in the form of a photo taken at my daughters birthday party by my MIL, when I saw this picture I thought to myself "no freekin way am I that big" and I started eating a little bit better for the next few months and I did not know what I weighed, slowly but surely from the day I saw the photo I was thinking about the things that I was missing out on and the things that I was having a hard time doing because of the weight.

I started looking into a weight loss surgery in Dec 2007 and saw that death was a side affect of the surgery and it stopped me dead in my tracks and I thought to myself "wow I have 2 kids and a gorgeous wife wtf am I thinking" I mean this is not "if an erection lasting more than 4 hours occurs call a physician" this is death! and that was it, I started eating a low calorie diet and exercising daily and here I am 134 pounds lighter in just under 7 months.

I have always been a big guy, I stand 6'5'' tall and at 300 pounds I look pretty fit, I am not saying an Adonis but decently fit, and at 300 lbs I was running 2 miles 3 times per week and lifting weights all of the time so like I said I was a pretty big guy even before I was injured, I joined this team because I do want to run a 5k race before I am through with my weight loss...how do I say...Journey? :) and I figured being around like minded people (even if only on a forum) might get me moving in the right direction.

for cardio exercise I ride a stationary bike daily and I hike when possible, I also walk a lot because I know it is what will get the weight off in a healthy way and help keep some of the muscle I have built over the years, and I eat 1500 calories daily.

I blog daily on blogspot @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ and I mirror a lot of the posts from there here on spark (there is more content on the blogspot but I do blog daily here too)feel free to check either or both out. I also have the pic that was taken at my daughters birthday posted on my spark page (the compare pic) if you care to take a look at what motivation looks like for me lol.

if you made it this far into this long post I thank you for doing so and I look forward to getting to know some of you better.

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Me

I lost 200 pounds so far See how I did it here! zeusmeatball.blogspot.com



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