How Losing 70 Pounds Has Changed My Life

71.4 pounds in 15 weeks, to be exact.

It took less than 4 months to change the way I look forever.  To increase my hang time.  To cure sleep apnea.  To have healthy blood pressure levels once again.  To become more focused and determined.

Here’s how my life has changed by losing weight:

Stats & Figures

Let’s start with the raw data.  On January 15, 2009 I weighed 344.2 pounds and on May 6, 2009, I weighed 272.8 pounds.  That’s 71.4 pounds I’ve lost since I started and nearly 20% of my body weight.

Losing 71 pounds has sent me from a size 48 waist to a 38.  15 weeks ago I wore a 4XLT shirt and today I’m hovering on the border between XL and 2XL.

Health

A couple of the conditions I’ve “cured” by losing 70+ pounds:

  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure

I no longer stop breathing when I sleep, nor are my blood pressure levels higher than they should be.  Today, I have a clean bill of health.

Also health related, considering the back problems it could cause, my spine posture has improved considerably.  I guess when you’re no longer carrying 6 bowling balls around your gut it’s easier to stand up straight and walk upright.

Physical

In basketball, my hang time has definitely improved.

I’m able to perform physical activities “easier.”  I know it’s a relative term — it’s hard to translate into words what that actually means.  Think of it this way:  I have lost 71 pounds — weight that I no longer carry around with me.  With that in mind, go to the gym and pickup a 75 pound barbell and press it against your stomach.  Now, just imagine it was strapped to you 24/7/365 — while you eat, go to work, take a shower, read, have sex, take the dog for a walk, etc.

I’m not carrying around that barbell anymore — it’s “easier” to get around.

Daily Life

This is how my life has changed — not measurable by a doctor running a test or by a stopwatch at the track.  These are the intangible ways losing weight has changed my life.

  • More energy through my entire day
  • More focused in all areas of my life
  • More determination in all areas of my life
  • Increased confidence — if I can lose 70 pounds, I can do anything
  • Much more outspoken and bold, not afraid to speak my mind
  • People treat me differently (better) –  sad, but true
  • People Women treat me differently — nice, but married

I’m not done with my weight loss journey yet — I still have 50+ pounds left to lose.  As of today, I weigh 272 pounds and am still very much overweight.  I’ll surely encounter many more changes along my journey.

And as I do, I’ll be sure to share them all with you guys.

Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on May 11th, 2009