As I said previously, I’m going to start posting e-mails from readers and respond to them on the blog. This is number two of that continuing series.
I’m a man of my word.
This e-mail was sent from Andrew of Minnesota:
I’ve been working on losing weight the past five weeks or so. I even started a blog. You can find it at http://waterballoonist.blogspot.com. I’ve had a slow start, but the past couple weeks have been encouraging. My goal is to lose 100 pounds in one year. I have 90.3 pounds and 47 weeks to go. The blog has kept me focused on my goals and helped me to define new ones. I feel I’m more accountable and have been enjoying the encouragement and advice of visitors.
A few days ago, a friend of mine pointed me in your direction. I’m very glad that she did. I subscribe to a number of weight loss blogs and yours’ is the first that I can truly relate to. We seem to have a lot in common. I topped out at 313 (I know it’s not 344, but I’m a few inches shorter than you), I’m in my 20s (26) and I’m married. I have felt disgusted with my weight and felt like I was headed for an early death before I started running last spring. I feel like you are what I could be a year from now.
I have so many questions I don’t know where to start. I feel like there are questions I should be asking that I don’t even know about. I guess I’ll just ask what comes to mind at the moment. Forgive me if you’ve already addressed these questions on your website. I’m in the process of reading all of your posts but there are over 200 of them, and it may take some time for me to get through them.
If you could go back in time one year and offer yourself one piece of advice for your weight loss journey, what would it be?
Have you had issues with your knees (ankles, feet) and running (or any exercise)? How did you deal with them?
How do you keep stress and sleep deprivation from destroying your resolve when it comes to diet and exercise?
Can I post your response to this email on my own website?
That’s all I can think of right now. I was also wondering if you’d be willing to glance at my blog (http://waterballonist.blogspot.com) and give me any suggestions on ways to be successful. Thank you so much. You’re an inspiration to me.
The one piece of advice I would like to go back in time and tell myself is to try to get some sun since I’m going to be on camera. My legs are much too white.
I’d probably like to tell myself that past success does not guarantee future results. I lost 100 pounds in 6 months, but it’s taken another 10 or so to lose the next 45 pounds. Yesterday and the choices I made (whether good or bad) have no affect on the decisions I make today. I lost 100 pounds, got less focused than I should have and my weight loss slowed.
I took the hard work and determination I had the first 6 months for granted.
Issues/injuries — I’ve only had minor issues arise. I had issues with my feet for the first month from being on the elliptical machine so much. I had massive blasters all of my feet. Right or wrong, I ignored them and fought through the pain. I worked so hard to lose weight at the beginning — nothing could have stopped me, especially not a few blisters.
As far as sleep deprivation is concerned, I don’t let it bother me. I have a few things I have to do every day — be a daddy, be a husband, go to work, visit the gym, and blog. The clock can do what it wants and I’ll do what I want.
Lastly, I like your blog. I’m not a blogging expert or anything, frankly, I can barely use this magic box with the keyboard in front of it. I would say one thing: it needs some color. Maybe some bright purple or aqua blue.
But of course, I’ll leave that decision up to you.
Thanks for reading and writing.
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on May 2nd, 2010