I was a skinny kid until I was 10 years old. Not being very athletic and exercising my imagination more than my body, I started gaining weight. I got my feelings hurt often as I would be the target of quite a bit of meanness and the butt of many jokes. This continued until I turned 21. At the time I weighed 260 pounds.
I had some coworkers who took an interest in me and were able to communicate in a way that sounded more helpful than hurtful. A change of eating habits and an increase in exercise, mainly walking, was instrumental in my losing of 60 pounds within a space of a year. Shortly after that was when I met Kathy.
I guess you could say that I lost 60 pounds chasing women but once I caught one I started putting it back on. Three years later Kathy was pregnant with our oldest child. At this time I decided to quit smoking. I was also around 240 pounds. Usually when people give up smoking, they usually pick up weight. I didn't, but rather lost over 50 pounds and when that was done, I went from a 42 inch waist to 34 inches. Unfortunately that didn't last. It would be another 15 years before I was successful in losing weight again.
In 1995 I had the first of three knee surgeries and weighed 250 pounds. My doctor told me that the best thing for me would be to lose some weight. I managed to lose over 40 pounds this time around, but this wouldn't last either.
The problem is that after I lose the weight, I feel invincible and don't notice the pounds going back on. I also fail to realize that I have to maintain a lean lifestyle. Now that I have diabetes to go with my obesity, along with a recent flare up of cellulitis to put a face on it, I'm hoping that this is a motivator to keep things going and maybe be able to maintain a one pound a week loss.
In my younger years I was on enough crash diets to know that these do not work. I have enough knowledge and experience to know that the only weight can come off is the way it went on, and that's ounces at a time.
I am currently fitting into 44 inch waist pants. I have some 40 inch pants in my closet. I hope to be bragging about getting into them soon!