Group Forum: 23 yrs old and recently lost about 150 lbs

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MrBRD17

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Posted: 06 Mar 2012, 13:42
Hello all,

I am very new to the site, about 10 minutes, and just wanted to see how this works. I wish I found a site similar to this one years ago. I will give a short story about my weight battle. I will start of by saying my biggest hurdle is my LOVE for food. I am one of those people who drools when food is the topic of conversation. Because of this I learned to cook at a young age. About the same time I started to cook for myself was the same time I started to become chunkier then most kids my age. I would guess this to be about the 4th grade. I was a very active kid; I played sports all year round but also ate more that I could burn. I really started to get much heavier then must kids around the time I entered high school. This is about the time I stopped playing sports. I was still somewhat active in high school being a typical teenager, but the lack of regular practices and games from playing sports caused my weight to really climb out of control. By the time I got my license at age 16 I was 5 foot 9 inches and 240 lbs. I always considered myself as chunky up until this point. Now I only had one word to call myself, fat. I started to become very depressed and that would cause me to be even more antisocial causing less activity and stress eating. This circle of destruction kept getting worse and worse through college. College took my weight problem to a whole new level. The stress from going to college to become an engineer was intense; classes were extremely difficult and led to long nights. These long nights led to even more eating. My diet now included what taco bell refers to as “Forth Meal”. Off course this late night eating was never anything healthy. Believe it or not at around 270 lbs I meet a great girl that loved me for whom I was on the inside and looked past my weight. She was out of my league but I managed to talk her into sticking around for over 3 years. Over that time my stress over school, my weight and money grew to the highest levels in my life. About 18 months ago I my relationship came to an end. This was the worst moment in my life. I went into a severe depression; I can’t even put into words the pain I went through. The only thing that kept me going was my purist for an engineering degree. I was so close I managed to struggle through it. I hit a breaking point, something snapped inside of me. I knew at that moment it was time to change. I could see the light at the end of tunnel, was going to graduate soon. But so what I still hated myself for not being able to control my weight or my stress. I weighed over 330 lbs when I decide it was time to change. I didn’t want to keep living life at my current condition. I started of small but I started. My goal was clear, I want to love myself. I wanted to look in the mirror and be proud of what I saw. I started off with my own form of the Atkins diet with regular, daily exercise. I also restricted my calorie intake in the beginning. I made one thing an absolute must. I had to go get my heart rate up once a day no matter what. At over 330 lbs this wasn’t hard; I could simply jog for 2 minutes and have my heart ready to burst out of my chest. I won’t get into all the detail of my weight loss with this first post. I am just putting my story out there. I stock with the diet and exercise through my final semester of college and it sure paid off. I went from 330 to 270 in a few months. Nothing too intense, I just keep trying to jog further and keep away from over eating. By the time I graduated about 7 months after my breaking point I lost over 100 pounds. I was down to about 230lbs now. Far from my goal but I at was the happiest point of my life. I got a job straight out of college and life was great. At the end of last fall I was down to 180 lbs and could run a 7 minute mile and was in better shape than almost everyone I knew. I am still going strong but have to keep myself motivated. Now that I’m where I want to be my only fear in life is slipping. I cringe at the idea of putting the weight I lost right back on. So far so good, but I fear that pressure will be with me for some time. But that pressure is nothing compared to the pain I felt when I hate myself for the way I looked. I hope fully will be able to tell some more about what I did not lose the weight but the main reason I am writing this is too let everyone know that it can be done. It’s never too late to start; you just need to go all in. My major regret is not doing it sooner. I took the pain I had and used that to keep motivated. I went from 330 lbs to 180, 46 inch waist to 32, and it only took about 10 months. I have kept my weight and waist the same for almost 6 months now and I hope that to be the case for the rest of my life.

If you made it this far, Thanks for reading this. I am sure it was somewhat hard to follow. I a came across this site and felt compelled to post my story. I hope to elaborate more about what I did and obstacles I had to overcome. Just know that it is possible. No matter what your motivation is, just stay with it. It only gets easier!

Thanks again

Brian
klcesal

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Posted: 07 Mar 2012, 13:36
Wow.. what an incredible story and so inspirational.
Brittanni

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 12:46
Wow, thanks for sharing your story!
MiladyCC

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Posted: 13 Mar 2012, 16:43
Congrats! I cant wait til I feel as good about myself as you. I lost nearly 40lbs last year, but by June I was discouraged and stopped. Luckily, I haven't gained any weight back but I'm ready to continue my journey now.
courhicks

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Posted: 14 Mar 2012, 18:22
Wow. I just joined this site and your story is truly inspirational. I would love to hear more!
lostinthough...

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Posted: 15 Mar 2012, 22:19
I just joined joined the group today. Thank you for sharing and congrats
MrBRD17

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Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 15:26
The diet and exercise was not a piece of cake, but it really was not hard either. I am an extremely stubborn person. I am the person that continues to try and put a square peg through the round hole. This has hurt me many times in the past. I used my emotional pain and my stubbornness to get through it. I was determined to get through it. My major regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
nangeline

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Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 15:55
Very inspirational. Stress is a real concern. People have always minimize stress or dismiss it as part of weight gain. It can cause a reversal in how our body functions.
BeckyC86

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Posted: 25 Mar 2012, 07:49
What a great story! Stress is what brought me to my heaviest, too. Now that I'm more settled, out of college and grad school, steady job, stable relationship, nice apartment, I realized I had no excuse not to get my health in control, too. Congratulations to you, and I hope to be able to share my own success story soon!
MrBRD17

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Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 12:22
Stress was a major reason for my over eating. Life gets tough and I handled the stress very poorly. With the stress and weight gone, life is just much simpler. You can’t expect to fix one and hope to fix the other after. It’s much easier to tackle both at the same time. Small changes were not going to accomplish goals. I had to make major life changes. Eliminate the stress and shred the weight and I promise life will be good again.
Morning and Evening habits are critical. Eat Breakfast but skip the late night snack, it makes perfect sense but many of us forget how important it is. Eating Breakfast gets your metabolism going for the day; eating protein just after waking up is the best way to get it started quickly. That late night snack does not get burn away; don’t ruin that hard work you did all day by eating that late night snack. We all slip, the bend but don’t break policy never worked for me but it is better to bend. Sometimes we don’t have time for breakfast, eat a banana or have some yogurt. We have at least one minute so we can always eat at least those. The late night eating is still my number one issue. I started chewing gum or having cereal instead of eating the empty calories.

Hope this helps!
Brian
mommuh

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Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 13:54
Wow, I can really identify with your story. I am a Louisiana girl, so I learned how to cook for myself (and others, lol) at a very early age. I have a deep love for traditional foods, which are usually so rich you feel like you need to take a long nap after eating. Also I was in school for Chemical Engineering, and wow, it was so stressful I gained more weight, and eventually gave up on the whole thing. I really appreciate you posting this, because I have recently got to that point with myself where I feel like enough is enough, and I need to make better choices or I will suffer long-term health consequences. I don't have as far to go as you have already gone in your effort but I guess everyone can relate to the point that a person's own mountain seems the highest. Seriously thanks, and also I am very happy for you for accomplishing so much in you education, career and with your weight.
Peace.
MrBRD17

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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 12:18
The weather here in Chicago is getting warmer and it’s much easier to be active when so nice outside is. There’s a few things that I saw today that reminded me that we need to change habits not just modify them for a little bit. It’s hard to imagine why so many people need to use an elevator to get to the second floor or even the third floor of a building. I work on the third floor of a building at my company. It’s hard to comprehend why so many people take the elevator instead of the stairs. There are only three floors and taking the stairs whenever possible is a habit that we all should change too. If you’re a person that takes the elevator odds are your not the person that getting much activity elsewhere. Next time do yourself a favor and take the stairs. It’s these simple things that help change the way we look at exercise. Another thing that intrigues me is why so many people need to park so close to where they’re going. There is no need to search for that spot up front. Park a little farther and get that extra little walking time in. I have a really nice car and motorcycle that I would hate to see dinged up so parking farther away from the front and feel much better knowing there not going to be a new dent when I get back from the person next to me opening their door. So all around I feel better by parking a little further. These simple things that I do every day are a small part in a large life change evolution that I have gone through.

I wish everyone luck on their Journeys and Have a Great Day!
Brian
Mandalynn66

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Posted: 21 Apr 2012, 13:59
I am so glad you brought up late night snacking. It's something that I never did growing up, but I now struggle with. I also tend to skip breakfast in the morning... ugh.

Thanks for the reminder. It seems like I've heard it a million times, but sometimes I just need to hear it once more.
-Amanda
Addysmama08

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 13:34
Amazing story! I want to lose 100 pounds or so and I hope I can do it like you did!! Congrats