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Old 06-30-2019, 11:17 AM
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Please say it was a soup diet.!!

At least that's my hope so I can try it too..

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Old 11-01-2019, 01:38 AM
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26lbs more to go. And I don't know that I will stop there.
Welp.. I didn't stop there.

But it wouldn't be an update without exceeding the goal, now would it? Even if it's a small increase beyond it, here's your TLDR:

After 10 months, I hit 130lbs gone today!

But I sure as hell did stall. Or what is it they call it? Stagnate? No.. you know.. when you're on a diet and you can't lose.. oh! Plateau! What a stupid word for staying at a *lower* number than you want. Shouldn't it be.. like.. I dunno.. "Vally'ed"? Or... "Low-pleaued"? Anyway..

I got stuck at 210 for like 3 weeks. That's when I started treating cardio like it was a drive in a BMW. Do it. Every day. And do it as hard as you know the body you're maintaining will take it. But, just like an X5, you gotta maintain it.

And wouldn't ya know... Damndest thing happened. About 6 weeks ago, I made it to "Onederland!" For the unwashed (or folks who never have to diet), That means I lost my goal of 126lbs by breaking the 200lb barrier! At a weight in the 100's, I'm in ONEderland! Weeks later, I learned what a victory lap of pizza, alcohol with friends, and ohhh, so much custard does to your weight loss. I stayed over 199 for another 6 weeks. But today, I was a little less than 195lbs.

You wanna know what that feels like? I'll give ya some examples:
  • Today, I have room at the waist in size 34 jeans. I have a pair of 50's in the closet.
  • On this *very* day, I didn't just jog a mile for the 1st time ever. I felt so good and I had trained so intently that TODAY, I *jogged* FOUR miles!
  • About a month ago, I decided I would interval walk and run 10k/day. I did it for 9 days until my toes turned black. I wasn't ready for that yet.
  • I have removed most of the 4XB (big) shirts from my closet. I wear an XL now.
  • I have covered over 30 miles on walks with my 15yr old daughter. We talk ab things we'd never cover so close to her phone at home.
  • We zip-lined as a family at a place where I once exceeded the maximum weight by a full 75lbs. Everyone was too scared the 1st time, and besides, Daddy couldn't do it.
  • I own almost as many bicycles as Bimmers.
  • I wore out my 1st pair of running shoes ever. They go bad in ab 3 months if you actually use them. I never knew this.
  • My wife never cared about what she saw. She never saw the outside me. She does now. And Momma likey.
  • I ended up with skinny jeans by total mistake bc I can't see the labels up close any more. They fit. See bullet point immediately above.
  • Me and my siblings have spoken more along this 10 month journey than we have in the 40 years since the eldest left for college.
  • My mother who is slowly giving in to a progressive and terminal disease greets me, "There's my skinny boy." No one else will ever say those words to me matching the pride of a mother. In a short while, she won't be able to speak.
  • I've worn our poor, old dog out on the walks. We take separate, shorter ones now.
  • I have had fewer beers this *year* at my regular bar than I would in one happy hour before. (6) I drink water and tip my bartenders for it rather than beer. Always a cold glass waiting.
  • I simply cannot fathom the power of people who care so much about my success on this journey. Strangers are thrilled to hear the story. I've added a dozen friends who have followed along and started something positive for themselves. I simply must not disappoint them.

And finally:

It was last October when my doc looked at my #'s and said I should come back in 3 months instead of the normal 6. My numbers were so off the charts, they made bigger charts. I was headed to the grave more quickly than was prudent for the things I have yet to do. On this Monday's visit a year later?

Doc: "Look, I know you want to keep losing weight but you need to know: You're considered healthy. You're...
  • Completely off BP meds and yet have a perfect BP
  • Stopped taking pre-diabetic meds yet blood sugar is lower than it ever has been and A1C is in normal range.
  • Triglycerides that hovered over 300 are now 75
  • Cholesterol that was out of bounds is under control without meds
  • NO. LONGER. OBESE.

This is as good a time as any to be certain you guys know: This thread and these responses, and even some of you guys remembering that I am working on this in other threads means a lot. My reason for keeping people so close to this was really to keep myself accountable. I knew if I bragged THIS much to people I care about and total strangers, I would have no choice but to explain why I couldn't keep it off if I do what so many others do. My doc explained that only 2% of people who have lost the weight I did actually keep it off a year later. And so, fellas, a new journey is upon us.

But the strategy returned unexpected, and fully joyous results. So many folks not only cheered me on, they offered *advice*. So many folks gave everything from exercise to head games that I could play on myself so I would keep going. You know what I learned? Everybody *doesn't* suck. Some of that everybody are some of the very best things that can happen in a man's life. It's been at once the most confidence inspiring and humbling experience I have ever walked, ran, and barely eaten my way through. Thanks, fellas.

And THAT, yes ALL of that, is all I have to say about that!
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:58 AM
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Congratulations Prop!!

Always striving to get back to the way it was before doesn't usually work for people. I am very impressed!!

The most I ever lost was from a chunk of lead I like your way better

Again, Congratulations!!

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Old 11-01-2019, 06:22 AM
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Way to go Prop!
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:08 AM
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Congrats! That kind of self-discipline is tough!

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Outstanding, congratulations and thanks for sharing!


I myself am down 50 lbs over the last 2 years, but have been backsliding recently, blaming it on a couple recent stressful events. Your post has actually been very encouraging to me, so thank you!


And again, congratulations! This is no easy feat.
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:24 AM
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Nice work Prop. No surprise everyone is so proud of you. It's a very difficult thing to undertake.

I tend to yo-yo myself every year or so by 30-40lbs. Working on getting back to the bottom of the string now (down 12lbs). You're an inspiration.
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