I know that this Q&A answer is out of order, but it was a nice and concise question that called for a nice and concise answer. The answer is simple statistics. Here is the question:
“….so how long have you been on the fitness journey to get you from 307 to were you are now? Is there anything you would have done differently?”
Ok, I want to start off by saying that what happened to my body won’t happen to every “body”. At least not as fast. I lost a lot of weight pretty quick, but don’t give up or get discouraged if you don’t lose like I lose. We are all different, walking in the same journey.
- Journey start date and weight: December 13th, 2006. I weighed in at weight watchers for the first time at 307.6 lbs. Afterwards I went and ate a half-pound bacon burger, large fry, and a large coffee/chocolate milk shake. That is not to mention the snacks I ate once I got home.
- Started running on: April 5th, 2007. I had lost around 60 something pounds at this point and could just barely run/walk 2 miles on the treadmill.
- Reached doctors goal: around September I think. My doctors goal was 210 lbs. He actually wanted me to weigh 155. I told him he was insane and left to do a lot of research and take my body fat. I went back and told him what I found and he made my goal 210.
- First marathon: October 5th, 2007. Finished the Portland Marathon in about 5 1/2 hrs. I weighed 194 going in.
- My goal: was to weigh 179 like I did when I was a sophomore in high school. I reached this goal 1 yr later on December 13th, 2007. My body fat went from 51% to 11%. My cholesterol went from 307 to 151. Pants went from 46 to 32. Shirt went from xxx to medium.
- 2 years later: Was able to maintain my weight within 10 lbs on Dec. 13th 2008. I currently weigh 185.
- Would I change anything: I don’t think so. The only thing I wish I could have done was finish my 12th marathon in one calendar year. I was not able to make it to my 12th because of work. I attained 7 marathon finishes and 4 ultramarathon finishes in 1 calendar year.. Other than that, the journey to now was more than I could have ever asked or imagined.
Thanks for asking this question. Answering it has inspired me a lot. I will keep on my brother. Thanks.