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Me up in arch in St Louis. 05/30/15 258 lbs. Down 139





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Me in September of 2009, Big toad!! Weight about 400 lbs.



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On 10/17/14 my company began a biggest loser contest. The entry fee was $5 and whomever lost the largest percent of body weight got the majority of the pot. (40%).

I started the contest by doing a low carb diet and mainly using SP to track my carbs. I was targeting 30 carbs a day and usually did it. Not paying attention to Fat or Fiber grams. I easily got my protein grams.

I won the contest which ended on December 19th by losing almost 11% (43 lbs) of my body ...
On 10/17/14 my company began a biggest loser contest. The entry fee was $5 and whomever lost the largest percent of body weight got the majority of the pot. (40%).

I started the contest by doing a low carb diet and mainly using SP to track my carbs. I was targeting 30 carbs a day and usually did it. Not paying attention to Fat or Fiber grams. I easily got my protein grams.

I won the contest which ended on December 19th by losing almost 11% (43 lbs) of my body weight. It was then that I hit my first plateau. I talked to some of the fitness guys around the office and decided that I needed to incorporate exercise into my life.

On 12/28/14 I bought a membership to a local hotel that for a fee allows you to use their pool, exercise equipment, sauna and hot tub. I started exercising that same day. By 12/31/14, I had lost a total of 48 lbs.

At first I couldn't exercise (treadmill, recumbent bike, or swim) more than a half hour total in a session, but by the end of January I was up to an average of 75 minutes of swimming a day. I also hit another plateau about this time and decided that I needed to do more of what SP was telling me I needed to do with Nutrition.

For lent I decided to give up all meat with the exception of fish and to only weigh myself on Friday and the first day of the month. I started eating oatmeal and yogurt which was not a part of my diet and I essentially more fully embraced a lifestyle change.

I hit 100 lbs lost on 03/13/15. I learned to read nutrition labels and planned my food. Bought a food scale for home and for work. I strove to get into my "windows" for grams of protein and Fat and kind of let Fat and calories fall below the suggested amounts.

There is no magic formula or magic pill. I am obsessed with changing my life and I am. Some of the key things I do is set goals for myself. Minutes exercising, weight goals I have a vision board of what I will be able to do as I lose weight and I have done probably half of what I dreamed I could do when I got smaller and healthier.

I am happier than I have been in a long time and I feel physically better than I have in likely 2 decades.

That is my story to date. Today I am down 140 lbs (5/19/15) and striving for 200. I have no doubt I can make it and when I do I have a reward that is worthy of such an accomplishment.
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Member Since: 7/17/2010

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My Goals:
I want to be at the lowest weight of my adult life.

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I swim every day. Usually for at least an hour. I track all food I put in my body and normally stay below my recommended calories but try to hit my fat, protein and fiber windows.

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THIS2WILPASS
7/2/2015 10:53:22 PM

I listened to that song by Mandissa....loved it...all that smiling had me smiling and dancing....thank you...and p.s....since I love a little 'tit for tat' the song is called Overcomer....lol...not Overcome....smiles...that's for correcting my previous spelling error....heeeeheheehhhaaaawww emoticon



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OBIESMOM2
7/1/2015 6:18:37 AM

my sleep patterns are a bit off (AGAIN), so I'm waking up too late to get to the gym before work...sometimes too late to get in more than 20 min or so on the elliptical in the morning.

my walks had to change because during the week, I'm walking my friend's dog. It's been hot and humid, so we've had to slow our pace a bit and take more breaks. We have been able to get in a few sprints this week, since our temps dropped to the 'cool' high 80s/low 90s!
Angel (the dog) gave me a scare after one of our walks. When I took her in the house, she just laid down on the floor and wouldn't move...no getting a drink, no cooling her tummy on the kitchen tile.
so we've been starting our walks a bit later in the evening, and I carry *2* bottles of water for her (I had only been taking 1), and I rub her belly with the cold water bottle when we take a drink break. She likes that! Now after she has her fill of water, she rolls over for me to cool her off.



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RHOOK20047
6/30/2015 8:58:06 PM

Stay around here long enough you will accumulate 100000 SparkPoints too! That just means I have been here forever! Some of us take longer to get there than others! LOL

Bob



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OBIESMOM2
6/30/2015 6:07:40 AM

"King of Anything" is definitely a favorite. My friend and I text the lyrics of that one to each other when one of us is having a bad day.

I think everybody has had that type of 'king' in their lives.
No, I don't think you would be one of those. You are more "King of Somewhere Hot" (by Jimmy Buffett)
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THIS2WILPASS
6/30/2015 2:39:41 AM

Thanks for stopping by Brian,.😃 standing up to bullies isn't easy.



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