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9/11/12 4:30 P

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Thank you for your inspiring story. It has also ticked off my SparkPeople goal of reading one weight loss success per day :)

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9/11/12 2:03 P

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That's great! I really enjoyed reading your post. I feel totally pumped up now haha. I just started at this website today so reading your post has given me a lot to look forward to. Thanks and congratulations!

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9/11/12 12:31 P

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emoticon Congrats on your accomplishment. Your success sure does help motivate others. I just barely started this quest and I have reached your same conclusion. I'm going to incorporate this diet as a lifestyle and not consider it a diet. The fact that you can eat anything in moderation really works for me; otherwise, I know I'd be quitting fast.
Thanks for sharing and Congrats!!! Here it's to your 1XX goal emoticon

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8/22/12 11:11 P

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Mike,
I just wanted to say Congratulations on meeting your first goal! I know your weight will start with a 1 really soon!! You have such a great outlook and motivation that I just know you will be successful!!

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8/22/12 12:47 P

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emoticon Super job! Bet that feels amazing!

40lbs is nothing I can't beat.


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8/21/12 9:36 P

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Excellent job! And I think you'll be in one-derland by your Sept 1 goal!

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8/21/12 4:00 A

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That's a really inspiring story. I just started my first diet for the first time in my life. I remember when I was in my twenties and doing fasts and cleanses for kicks. Now I'm overweight. It totally sucks. But anyway, back to inspiration. I totally agree with Mike that it's a lifestyle and not a quick fix. I treat myself sometimes (today i had some grapefruit sorbetto :)) It really is a lot about self control and portion sizes. And one thing I find is that I can't self medicate with food anymore. I have to find other things to make me happy when I'm down.
Thanks for sharing your story Mike.

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8/20/12 7:58 P

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8/20/12 6:36 P

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emoticon on your success so far and best wishes on reaching your final goal. emoticon

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Congratulations at hitting BOTH of your goals, and earlier than you'd even planned to! That's wonderful encouragement.

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8/19/12 7:11 P

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emoticon Very well said! You are doing an amazing job and keep up the hard work! emoticon emoticon

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What amazing progress!!! Love your attitude and enthusiasm :) I think I'm going to borrow a little if you don't mind...

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8/19/12 2:29 P

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(Standing up. Slow clap turning into thunderous applause!!!!! Lol.) Verrrrrry well said. Your are absolutely right. Yoyo diets are born from unrealistic deprivations that can't be continued. Congrats, sir. And I have a feeling you will be in the 1XX real soon.

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8/19/12 2:13 P

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OK, needed to share this with someone. My wife got me into this about three months ago. Specifically, she was doing it, I asked her what I could do to help (e.g. not eat ice cream in her face :) ) and she said "You could do it too." OK, this wasn't hat I had in mind...but hey, I desperately needed to lose weight. I was closing in on 240 pounds, heaviest I had ever been, and had been trending upward for years. So I said OK, and we did it together.

I set a modest goal of losing 20 pounds over the summer, and started working at it. I had never counted calories (and everything else) before, but it was a huge help. It became a video game for me: everything had points attached, and you wanted the fewest points. I stopped treating "what's on the table" as a serving size, and realized that adding cheese, and lots of it, to everything I ate wasn't helping me any.

the pounds immediately started coming off. I realized if I kept at it I could leave 220 in the dust by the end of summer, and shifted my goal to 200 by September 1. It really has been a lifestyle change, something we can keep going moving forward, and this morning for weekly weigh-in...200.0 pounds. I won't lie, was hoping for number starting with 1, which I haven't seen since the year started with 1 as well, but it was my goal, and I am ecstatic!

People ask me "how do you do it?" My glib answer is "this miracle diet where I eat less food." However, there have been few key things:
- "Moderation in all things..." - have one serving. You can eat ice cream...if you actually have the 1/2 cup serving occasionally, not huge bowl every night. You can use cheese...sparingly and not in everything. The one thing you don't have to be moderate about? Vegetables. Finish off a bag of baby carrots and you'll never regret it.
- "...including moderation" - no such thing as a diet. A diet ends. this has to be a lifestyle change. As such, it can NOT make you miserable. Once you start denying yourself everything you want, all the fun, you will e unhappy and ditch the whole thing. So I allow myself indulgences. I never stopped my monthly wing nights. I limit myself to 15 wings and a 32 oz. beer vs. 25-30 wings and 2 big beers, but I go and I don't sit there nibbling celery. When I go out to eat, I order food that looks good, not just food that is better for me. I try and stay away from the pasta carbonara...but getting it every few months won't kill me. This is a life-long marathon, not a 6-month sprint. 200 was a goal, but checkpoint, not a finish line. You need to let yourself be happy, including eating too much of bad food sometimes, to be happy big picture with your life.

That really sums it up. Just needed to crow a little bit, get this happy bragging off my chest, and maybe hopefully keep others going. Keep it up - the success feels good, egotistically because i ook and feel better, and also because I really ant to be there for my kids, short term playing without running out of breath immediately, and to always be there as they grow up.

---Mike

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