Joined September 2009
Weight History

Start Weight
285.0 lb
Lost so far: 0 lb

Current Weight
285.0 lb
Performance: gaining 0.3 lb a week

Goal Weight
190.0 lb
Still to go: 95.0 lb
I started out at 316 lbs, and enough was enough, I was not feeling well, and my size 48 pants were getting tight. I started walking, and eating much better. Subway lunches, and light dinners. Now I just hit a flat point at the 270s, and need to push myself again to loose more.

UPDATE 11/2/09 --- not going up, still going down, not quickly, but I think that is a good thing, it does not feel like I am starving, nor am I killing myself with exercise (that is coming because I want to build up after loosing the fat.) In size 40 pants now, Large shirts from 3x, so I can see a huge difference. At the end of this road I will post before and after photos. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 2/4/2010 --- after ups and downs, I am around the 250 mark again. I am updating this as I want to remind myself to do BETTER! I can not go off the diet plan, and eat junk expecting it to be OK, it never works out that way - this is a new way of life, and I can't look back. Only good foods, no junk! Good Luck Everyone!

UPDATE 3/17/2010 --- Fall off, get back on, don't look back, learn from the ups and downs and move on... had a small case of "life" that sort of caught me by surprise. But - as with all things - we just take care of what we can and do our best with the rest.

UPDATE - May 25 2010 --- Funny how things don't go as planned. Work cut staff, stress, and just not eating right, not walking or exercising and I find myself at 270 again.... I can not go back that way, I feel the extra weight and see it, I don't like it. So started today to eat right again - salad today for lunch. Time sure does go by fast, I was on track to make some of my goals, but got on the roller-coaster again.

*316 (Start Diet)- 4/10/09
*300 --- walking and diet ---
*270 - May 25 2010 --- starting over again.
*268 -
*265 -
*260 -
*255 -
*250 -
*245 -
*240 --- Start Gym Workouts ---
*215 (Will be 100 lighter!)
*190 (Ultimate goal!!!)

RJBurke's Weight History

RJBurke's Latest Member Challenges

  Biggest Loser Challenge (10 Weeks)
status: Completed
ended: 30 Aug 10
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  Fresh Start with Reasonable Goals
status: Completed
ended: 12 Jul 10
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last weighin: gaining 0.1 lb a week Up
last weighin: losing 1.6 lb a week Down
last weighin: gaining 0.5 lb a week Up
last weighin: losing 2.3 lb a week Down

RJBurke's Cookbook

cals: 117kcal | fat: 4.08g | carbs: 13.38g | prot: 7.37g
Spinach and Chicken Manicotti
A wonderful combination of pasta, ricotta and marble cheese, tender chicken breast and leafy spinach covered with a perfect tomato sauce.
cals: 196kcal | fat: 5.21g | carbs: 22.55g | prot: 15.96g
Grilled Honey Mustard Turkey Oat Burgers
Honey mixed in the burger creates a fantastic burnt sweetness, while the mustard adds a bit of tang and the oatmeal keeps it super moist.
cals: 99kcal | fat: 2.82g | carbs: 17.20g | prot: 1.57g
Walnut Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Truly healthy oatmeal cookies jam packed with goodness.
cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 47kcal | fat: 3.36g | carbs: 0.69g | prot: 3.24g
Angeled Eggs
A mayonnaise free version of deviled eggs.
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posted 25 Jan 2010, 07:22
Hello Everyone!
To make a long introduction, a tad shorter, I have never been skinny, I am 5’11 and at my lightest 195lbs, I love to cook and I love the taste of sweets, meaty foods and pastas very much ~laughs~ doomed from the get-go.

So my downfall came five years ago after building a very successful business with my now x-wife (together for over 20 years), and leaving a job that required me to be on my feet more that five hours a day, I gained a bit of weight.

It was not much, I called it “happy weight” as I was still very active, camping and outside with friends and family a lot. Lots of Camping, vacations, school, social events and some dieting to keep me from going over the top.

Then came the divorce, I was destroyed. It was to be an amiable divorce, but things as they usually are, were not how they seemed, and it only got worse – very depressed I gained weight quickly, and soon topped out over 260.

Two years after that, I could say I was in a much better place, no therapy, but a few very good friends, and my sons helped pull me out of the depression mire. Dating again, my girlfriend at the time and I decided to quit smoking together – with a little push from my kids – I quit cold turkey.

My girlfriend and I separated, and I found myself, sitting around after working long hours at a desk job eating “comforting” foods…

It was a sudden realization while looking at a photo – I was BIG now over 300 lbs. mentally I felt good, great even, but physically… I could not do half of what I did before.

I had developed sleep apnea, and had my gull bladder removed, I just did not feel good. So, last year I took the bull by the horns and jumped on the diet wagon.

I had been on diets before, we did Adkins before my divorce – it worked great – but no way could I afford it on my budget this time around so expensive diet plans or supplements were out of the question.

So last year I started with the basics, watching calories, walking, exercise and that worked, then I found this site in one of my searches – and was hooked.

Everyone has been fantastic, sharing information, tips and just support. I plan to stick around after hitting my goal, and setting new ones – one being – I want a six pack, never had one, always wanted one… we will see.

Remember just like life, weight has it’s ups and downs, but with sites like this, no one has to do it alone. I wish you all the best of luck, and thank you.


posted 21 Jan 2010, 14:21
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