Wow....something happened and I lost the last update....
Well...down to 221 lbs! Feels great! I took my kids hiking at 8000' for a few miles the other day carrying my 7 month old boy in a pack on my back...to my surprise I didn't have any shortness of breath and after a couple of miles, I was still ready for more!
Eric, reading your story really encouraged me. It took me seeing a picture of myself at Rock Fest 6 years ago for my wake up call. I couldnt believe that blob in the picture was actually me. I actually went through gastric bypass when I was pushing the 300 pound mark. I lost almost 100 pounds, but due to some setbacks and health issues (breast cancer in 2010 most recently) I am back up to 220. But, I joined Anytime Fitness and am going to get my strength back and get back on track to weight loss. I set a long term goal to be ready for the Susan G Komen 60 mile walk in August 2012! I'll follow your success story and hopefully, others will be able to follow mine as well.
Congratulations Eric!!! You have done an amazing job! Being able to spend quality time with your children and family is a wonderful reward!
Welcome Anne!! You are off to a great start with joining AF and AH. You will find a wealth of information and support here.
Congrats Eric!! That is awesome. Glad to hear you are enjoying time with the family and feeling great while doing so. Great Job!!!
Thank you Susan and Courtney! Anne, I am really glad that I can be of encouragement! It really makes my day when someone asks me how I did it or tells me I have encouraged them with their efforts!
Great inspirational story ... I just joined Anytime Fitness with the goal of losing 110 lbs ... I joined and paid for 20 months ... Just began my journey ... so here goes.
Down to 219 lbs as of this morning. The weight sure has been coming off slower, but I expected that much. I had plateaued out at 221 for about three weeks...which gets discouraging. During the last week I have been seeing movement on the scale again.
At 6'1" and 219lbs....sure beats the heck out of 305! I still have people that I haven't seen for a while that don't recognize me until they hear my voice...that puts a smile on my face.
The good news is that it seems to be catching around work. I have a couple people coming to me on a regular basis to talk about health and weight loss as they too have joined the ranks of us trying to get more healthy!
Wow...this has been a while.
I have been delinquent on my workouts for about 5 months now. Which wasnt the bad thing. The bad thing was the gradual loss of the diet and the increase of calorie intake....
I found that my size 34 pants that were not fitting anymore and the 36s are tight :/ I slapped myself around for a couple weeks and then told myself "you know the secret dummy, and you are not going to be happy just putting this weight on until eventually you are where you used to be".
So, with a renewed focus, I am hitting the gym again! So if you have some motivation to spare, please send it my way!
I have not weighed myself in over three months. Frankly, I am scared to. Having went from 305lbs, down to 215lbs was huge....but I am scared to see what I climbed back up to.
Maybe this is the beauty of this public forum....peer pressure. I will weigh myself in the morning and post it in all it's horror.
Thanks all for still being here!
Welcome back Eric! Instead of kicking yourself around, try to look at this in a different way. Remember how good you felt as you worked towards your goals. You.get the opportunity to experience that feeling all over again. Also, you have not allowed yourself to go back to square one.
This is a lifetime journey. You never stop learning. I too have struggled since my father passed away. I finally got things back on a positive track and had been making great progress until May. I got blind sided with cancer. I now find myself in a whole different fight. I am grateful for having lost the 200+ pounds I have. I would have had no chance to beat this. I have a long road ahead of me.
You can get back to where you were Eric. You are just a bit wiser now. There is no finish line.
Best wishes to you. Please keep us posted. Always, susan
Thank you Susan! Your words mean a lot to me! Maintaining diligence and focus is the main thing for sure!
As promised, this morning's weigh in was 238. The goal is achievable!
You can do it Eric. Reading your story in this post sounds similar to what I have been going through as well. A few years ago I was at 290 pounds. Dropped to the lowest of 170. And to be honest, I didn't do it a healthy way. Over the years I put on weight and now am kicking myself for not getting back into the gym. I have been a member of Anytime Health for the second time.
I am starting my 5am work outs and hitting the cardio hard and picking up the weights as well.
My goal is to run in a marathon next fall. So the goals are achievable. Keep yourself accountable and you can do this!
Definitely a doable goal. I too have less than 20#'s to get back to my lowest weight. I am unable to exercise yet but at least I can focus on my nutrition. I can hardly wait to get back in the gym.
Eric P, I picture you smokin that marathon. Best wishes to you!