165 POUNDS!! I now weigh 165, my target weight! I started on the Ideal Protein plan with You First (link), weighing 313 on May 4th. As of Friday, February 9th, I had lost 148 pounds.
But I've lost so much more than pounds, and gained many new, positive things to replace them. For example...
FRIENDS. My weight loss journey has encouraged others to try Ideal Protein through You First. When I took this selfie with Roland, he'd lost 50 pounds, and was feeling so much better. He had even stopped taking the meds he used for diabetic neuropathy-- no more main in his feet and legs.
For each person that heard about my success that now loses weight with You First, it feels like I lose that weight too, on top of my own.
CONFIDENCE: I now speak in front of others who want to lose weight and reclaim their health as I did.
In the photos above I am at a free seminar at You First telling my story about how I went from a slim, strong Army paratrooper in my late 20's to a 313 pound mess in my late 40's, then back down to 165 by age 50. On the left, I even wore my "before" clothes that I wore at my heaviest.
It's painful to remember the events that led to my life-changing decision, but I'm reminded that I'm not the only one who suffers, often in silence. Obesity more than just being overweight. It's more than just physical. It affects almost every aspect of a person's life.
Our next free seminar is Wednesday, March 7th (link).
HEALTH: This is me in the gym (!!) on Monday. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see how the new, slim bod did on the treadmill. I went 30 MINUTES NON-STOP, running between 4 and 5 mph on an incline, and I felt like I could have kept on going.
I haven't done that since my Army days, and I was discharged at the end of 1997.
Look, I even fit into tight biker jerseys.
I also left behind with my 148 pounds...
Dozens of inches from my chest, belly, neck, and many other places around my body.
Two Prescriptions! I no longer use injections of testosterone. My levels are normal. I also no longer need doctor prescribed compression socks for water retention in my feet and shins.
Waddling. I used to have enough fat on my inner legs to make me a little bow-legged.
Stomach pain. The pains that sent me to the emergency room in April, never identified despite numerous, expensive tests, went away after I started losing weight.
Sizes X-, XX-, and 3XL. I have slimmed down to mediums and smalls.
Holding my breath while tying my shoes. I had even been considering velcro instead of shoelaces.
Worrying about airplane seats. Imagine walking into the coach section, people giving you that look because they don't want you in the empty seat next to them, and then hoping that you fit between the arm rests and under the seat belt. Now imagine that when you are flying to a funeral. That was me.