Done – 80 Pounds Gone

Before and AfterYesterday, I stepped onto the scale, and I cried.  It read, 179.8.   “Thank you, Jesus,” I said.  I knew I couldn’t have done it on my own.  As of Dec. 19, 2013, I have lost 80.2 pounds

I’d resigned myself to being heavy. I can’t express to you how much better I feel, how much happier I am with my appearance, how much more energy I have.  I have changed.  I’m now a person who cares about being healthy – eating well, exercising – those things are important to me now.  They weren’t before.

My challenge now is one I don’t think I expected.  Ten months ago, I was a habitual overeater.  Since then, I’ve been on a diet.  I realized yesterday that I have to learn to eat normally because I’ve never done it before. I still need your support and prayers, but I am committed to being healthy.  I won’t be the guy I used to be.

Thank you.

A HUGE Day: 60 Pounds Down!

60 Pounds Down!I’m a day late blogging it, but yesterday was most definitely a big day for me.  I weighed in at 199.8 pounds.  That’s 60.2 pounds below my starting weight in February, which is a milestone in and of itself.

The big news – for me at least – is that, for the first time since college (almost 20 years) I weigh less than 200 pounds.  Before I began this weight-loss journey, I’d never thought I’d see a weight that started with a “1” again.  But now, here I am, and I’m still going strong.

I thank God for giving me the strength to stay with this, and I thank you who read this for your continued encouragement and support.  I’m less than 20 pounds from my goal now.  It’s within reach, so I need your encouragement now more than ever.

The 55-Pound Mark

55 Pounds DownIt’s been a while since I posted here. There’s a lot going on in my world since the end of July – moving halfway across the country and starting a new job! That’s had an impact on my posting schedule and my ability to control what I’m eating.

But…

I’ve finally gotten back on track and this week, I hit 205, bringing my total weight loss to 55 pounds. Today I’m at 204.6.

With the move, I missed posting an August progression photo, and I’m a little late for this month, but I hope to post one later today.

50 Pounds Baby!

50 pounds down!

50 pounds down!

Today is a big day! I’m down to 210 pounds – a total of 50 pounds down from my starting weight of 260 pounds in February!

After a couple weeks of hovering around 212/213 (during the whole process of moving our family from Texas to Maryland), I got back on track last week and dropped to 210.2 pounds.  This morning, I dropped that last 2/10 of a pound.

This puts me 2 pounds from the lowest weight I reached the last time I went on this weight-loss journey and 30 pounds from my ultimate goal weight of 180 pounds.

Aaaannnndddd… there goes 40 pounds!

41.6 pounds down!

41.6 pounds down!

The last several weeks have a been a struggle.  After Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Father’s Day within about a month’s time, it was tough staying on track.  But the last week or so, I’ve been on track and feeling good.  However, my weight has been pretty much stagnant.

Until the last two days.  This morning, I weighed in at 218.4 pounds.  That ‘s more than two pounds down from a couple weeks ago, and 41.6 pounds total!  I’m more than halfway to my goal weight of 180!

My last time on this weight-loss journey, this is when things started to get difficult.  I finally peaked at a loss of 52 pounds, but things had been difficult – physically and psychologically – for a while before that.  I don’t expect the rest of this journey to be easy.  I know it won’t be.  But I honestly believer that if I can stay on track – continue to lose weight at my current rate – in a couple more weeks I’ll be over the hump and well equipped to lose the rest of this weight.

Now is when I need your encouragement and prayers.  Thank you readers!

30 Pounds in the Dust!

30 Pounds in the Dust!

What just happened? RunKeeper says I’m making progress!

Ladies and gentlemen, I blew right past the 30 pound mark this morning. I’m down to 228.4 pounds! I’m 39% of the way there. This is good news considering that Mother’s Day was Sunday (even though I’m not a mother, there are still copious amounts of food available).

Check out my latest progression photos.

I continue to see that a few opportunities to “cheat” on my weight loss journey are a good thing. I get some freedom, and as long as I get back on the wagon the next day, one day off won’t ruin everything.

If I don’t have some freedom, I’ll never stick with it. I learned that the last time I tried to go down this road.