After losing an awesome 400 lbs, Bob has a second chance at life!
Before: 670 lbs After: 270 lbs
What were your weight-control goals?
I wanted to live longer and losing weight was the way to see that happen.
What motivated you to lose weight?
I will be turning 41 years of age soon. I only mention that because I now weigh less than I did when I was age twelve. At that time, our family doctor said I wouldn’t live long if I kept gaining. When I turned four, I had already reached a weight of 120 pounds. While that sounds impossible, I assure you it isn’t. A combination of my father passing away when I was that age and me having a kidney issue helped get me there. Years of limited income for our mother allowed for only inexpensive food choices. Unfortunately, that can sometimes lead to less than ideal choices. I continued to gain weight at a rapid rate, despite all the teasing that comes with being the “fat kid” in school. I say 'despite' as all the nasty comments should have triggered me to lose. But as many of us know, the more negative things we hear, the more weight we gain.
Fast forward to 1993: At that time, I had my right foot nearly severed in a industrial riding mower accident. Thankfully it was saved to the point I am able to use it. However, the many months of rehab resulted in continued weight gain. Now on to 1998 when my gall-bladder decided to rupture. Being a weight of 600+ pounds made it very difficult to undergo the required emergency surgery. After the surgery, the down time for recovery lead to even more weight gain. On January 10 2002, I stood on a scale and it told me I weighed 670 pounds. No human being should ever weigh that much. Trust me, I was barely living. I then decided that it was now time to save my own life.
What was your weight-loss method?
Not having the finances to undergo bypass surgery, and the fact that the idea scared me no end, I just set up my own plan. I fell back on the old tried and true ‘eat less, move more’ plan. I jumped in full force and cut my daily calories to 800 calories for five days a week, and then allowed myself to 'cheat' over the two day weekend. Barely able to walk to the end of my driveway and back, I took up slowly walking further and further each day at a local state park. Weight came off very rapidly. I think I lost my first 100 pounds in one month! Let’s go back to that 800 daily calories number. I do not endorse that in any way. I was an extreme case that needed extreme measures. Also, the weekend 'cheating' was keeping my body from caving in on itself. (Note: CalorieKing recommends that severe calorie reduction should only be carried out under medical supervision.)
I decided to join my local YMCA and when I took on a heavier exercise load, something odd happened. I stopped losing weight. Now, anyone would think “What the heck is up with that?” Well, guess what? I couldn’t get by on my 800 calories any more. I actually had to eat more. I’m all for that! I upped my daily intake to 1,200 calories and my weight started to drop again. That cycle repeated for awhile until I got to 2000 daily calories and was still losing. All along I still allowed myself two days a week to enjoy whatever I wanted to eat without letting it bother me. I now just eat. I don’t count calories. But, that only comes from having figured out what is allowed to go into my body. I have a good feel for when it is time to stop eating. I also figured out when it was time to eat. I didn’t let myself get fooled by false hunger. Now here is the big number. I have lost 400 pounds. Yes, four hundred! I never thought I would ever be saying that. I never thought it possible to do!
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Be smart, see what works for you and don't follow the "diet of the month". No matter how much weight you have to lose, YOU CAN LOSE IT! Be it one pound, or 500+, with determination and a daily dose of good, quality exercise, you can and will lose weight.
How do you feel now that you've lost weight?
Are you kidding me? I feel great!
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
I thank CalorieKing for allowing me to be here and for providing plenty of resources that helped teach me what I needed to know. I also certainly thank the fine people in the CalorieKing Forums for listening and giving their support! Having lost weight, I was even able to get up the courage to meet some of them. For me, going into the unknown and meeting people is a big deal. Something I never would have been able to do at my highest weight. I have hidden myself for too long. It’s now time to LIVE!