Exactly, I live too much in the past and bring up old wounds and bad things so right now the only way I can cope is to focus on now or the next few days or the next small weight goal. Focus on bench pressing an extra 5 lbs of leg press an extra 25 etc. I try not to think of anything down the road but just say and hope that once I finish losing my weight and am back in good shape that something decent will come from all the hard work and dedication. Cheers
I love to read about real-life success stories and yours is definitely one getting close to completion. Congratulations on your journey so far. You are looking so much healthier! You have a much healthier complexion. I know you will reach your goal. Your story inspires me. If you can lose the weight and stay on track, I believe I can as well.
Thanks for the nice comments Sherri but trust me, it was NOT my idea to take those pictures at 460. It was the first think my trainer did on my first session with her. She took me to the back room and took 4 pics and again took them at 400,350,300 and 267 when she left but I will take the same style pics at 250, 230 and 200 and upload them for her to see and keep.
jnkmon, darn right you can do it too! When I look at all the pics and like one guy on here said that I am even standing taller since my back is stronger. I will update the pics here as I reach more goals. My next big goal is 230 because that will be half my body gone Cheers
Awesome work Robert!! It takes a lot to change your lifestyle the way you have and I commend you for that!! I hope you've found a new trainer by now and let them help you finish your journey, having that support sure helps!!! You should also enter the before and after contest going on here, I would def give you my vote and hey that's $500 for you if you win!!! Please continue to keep us all posted, we're very proud of you.
No I have not found a new trainer. I still e-mail my old one as I want her to say she had a part in my entire journey from 460 to 200 and not just the hard part the first year. Im funny that way but dont like change and even if I find it hard being alone again its the way it is. Thanks for the nice comments.
Robert thank you so much for sharing your story. It's inspiring especially knowing you've dropped so much weight. As it is I'm looking to drop 140 lbs total. I'm at the beginning of my journey so it's very nice to see someone who is showing me the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak
Gosh, I thought losing 50 lbs. was impossible - Your before and after shots are amazing! I'm glad your trainer took them. I am just starting out and need to lose about 90 lbs. to be my target weight based on my height, but reading your story is really encouraging!! You're an amazing person and hope you find what you are looking for (a woman, that is). Congrats Robert!!!
Wow, I would not say amazing but I guess stuborn and mad that I let myself go so far. Depression or no depression it was like i secretly was trying to kill myself with food. Thats not amazing, thats just sad and depressing. However, its nice that people wake up before its too late, before a heart attack or stroke and try to turn things around and be a more healthy person. Thats what would be nice for everyone here, to realize its not just about a scale and number but about what you do with your body each day and what things you stick into your mouth every day. Micrpwaves, tv dinners, 6 packs of pop, packaged foods with more chemicals than real ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, sugars, salt and fat added to everything to trigger excitotoxins and give you a drug like high, artificial colouring, splenda/sucralose, aspertame, growth hormones, anti-biotics, foods bathed in hexane, meats gased or washed with amonia, gmo-soy, gmo-cottonseed and gmo-corn thrown into everything thanks to corruption at all levels of govt yadda yadda yadda. Its much much more than going to the gym and going on the scale. Its about detoxification and cell regeneration that over time will make you a cleaner and better functioning person with less disease and illness. Thats my rant for today. Time to go drink some Kombucha.
Nice rant! I've become aware of all of these things the past year after fighting the scale for even one pound. I started with eating better/cleaner and then decided I needed the exercise to get the scales moving. Food alone just doesn't work for me. I'm big on organic now and cutting out the processed junk. I'm not perfect by any means! I have def changed a lot over the past year tho and hope adding the exercise to my life and taking this time for ME will get the scales moving and get me to be the healthy person I want to be.
What is Kombucha??
Kombucha is a fermented tea. I like a brand called GT's that is made in many flavours and raw organic. Its good for the immune system and its my treat. Yes even small changes in your diet make a difference over time so ANY move to eat better is a move in the right direction and thats a good move. Nobody can have a perfect diet but awareness and education are the first step, then putting the eating plan into action is the second, exercise is the third And you are very right, cardio is a def requirement to drop weight (other than water weight). So many people who lift weights do zero cardio. My attitude is why build muscles on the outside when the most important muscle (heart) is weak. If it fails all the big muscles wont do squat to save you.
You have done an amazing job Robert! It is nice to finally put a face to your posts! You have been on AH as long as I have and we have posted in the same threads.
After hitting the 200 pound weight loss mark, I find myself "stuck". I still have about 50 pounds that I want to lose. I have been on my journey since March 2008. I am not giving up, no matter how long it takes to reach my maintenance mode.
This is a life time journey.
You and me both Susan. Ever since my trainer moved away just before Christmas I have been in a rut with both cardio and weight loss. I never miss weight days and that also has cardio but the other days that are just cardio I have missed since then and I have been sluffing off my eating regime as well. I sometimes wonder if these mental blocks are some stupid form of being scared of reaching a goal or finally losing all the fat that in some twisted way was a form of comfort or a reason to hide away and once we are slim we will have no excuses left. Its just kinda weird we are both in the same type position. However, like you I will refocus and make my goal as you cannot go back, only forward. Cheers Rob
My Jaw dropped! I am so proud of you. That is so amazing. Your before and after pictures are.... I have no words. Keep it up. You are an inspiration!
Thanks Cam for the nice words of encouragement. Like most people I need encouragement to keep moving forward so I am glad if my pics and stuff can help other people try and move forward as well. Cheers Rob