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From 317 Pounds to 26.2 Miles: My Success Story

Submitted on Dec 11, 2011
  • My Story
  • Turning Point
  • Support System
  • Biggest Challenge
  • Secret

My Success Story is:

In 2007 I had decided that I was sick of always being "Big Guy" or the "Fat Kid." That was who I was for my entire life. My health wasn't good: I was smoking a pack and a half a day. I ate more calories in one meal than I should have eaten that day. I didn't move off the couch. I was lazy, obese and angry. So I started my change with baby steps like switching to diet soda, eating yogurt for breakfast, and watching my calories. I started walking, which later turned to a love for running. And now, I've lost most of the weight I wanted gone. I ran my first marathon this month. I've been smoke free now for 3 years. I am stoked about life and am now turning my focus into helping others do the same.

I stepped on the scale and saw the number "317" staring back at me. I was mad. How could I have let myself get this big?

My Turning Point was:

My turning point was the day that I stepped on a set of scales for the first time in a long time. The scales used to hide in the laundry room, out of sight and tucked in next to the dryer. I thought, "This should be interesting." I stepped on and saw the number "317" staring back at me. I was mad. How could I have let myself get this big?

My support system first and foremost was my wife and my children, also the community at LIVESTRONG.COM was very helpful.

My Support System Was:

My support system first and foremost was my wife and my children. When times got hard, they stepped in and helped me stay focused. They saw benefit in me living longer and that gave me the drive to continue. Also the community at LIVESTRONG.COM was very helpful. It's nice to know that I wasn't the only one out there struggling to win over nicotine and weight. I couldn't have done it with out them.

Sweets. Oh my God, do I have a sweet tooth. I still battle this today.

My biggest challenge on the road to success was:

Sweets. Oh my God, do I have a sweet tooth. I still battle this today. I think the best way I've found to approach it is to use sugary goodness as a reward system. I've got to lose the weight and do the work to get my Ben & Jerry's. This is how LIVESTRONG.COM helps. The coolest thing was to track my weight on the Daily Plate and watch that little graph fall over time. It was like a medal that I wore with pride. I still do.

My secret to success that I hope to share with others is

It's been really simple. I realize that it probably doesn't sound like it, but it has. The hurdles are really more mental because of behavior you've created. Just keep in mind this thought: "Get started and don't quit". Understand that failures will happen and you will slip. But the goal isn't perfection. You just need to achieve more wins than losses and don't ever quit when you fall.

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