Hank Lost 100 lbs by Eating Less, Moving More
This is part of the continuing series where I share readers’ weight loss success stories. Do you have a weight loss success story? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I went from obese to a triathlete.
You guys are probably getting used to hearing the “I have been heavy all my life” story, so I won’t bore you with it. But I was…
Some of you may already know me. Some aren’t so lucky. But I guess they are about to be. I’m Hank from BusinessofLosingWeight.com.
I met Shawn, aka Tyler, somewhere around 9 years ago. He was this aspiring web guru and I had a small web design company and wanted to bring on some talent. He was a great fit. When I met Shawn I realized that with both of us in the room together, there was the real possibility that the room might tip over if we walked to the same side. I don’t think he will mind me saying that considering I outweighed his over 300 pounds with my over 350 pounds.
Several years later, after life moved on, Shawn was in a different city but we kept in touch. Unbeknownst to him, I had decided to check out the MUSC weight management center here in Charleston, and he had decided to start counting calories. I DID lose a good bit of weight while in the program (which uses supplemental shakes and bars for 12 weeks and then tries to integrate you back onto real food…) but I failed miserably when I got off the program.
Shawn, however, was succeeding without a “program” as it were. I was starting to keep my eye on him.
After about a year of watching Shawn shed the poundage and me shred the shocks on my car, I woke up. It hit me that I needed to lose weight like it was my job. So I made it my job. I got serious and I started counting calories and shifting into a more active lifestyle, because I realized that it was the only sustainable way to go about it. I figured out my caloric intake to lose weight and I joined the gym. I got a Twitter account and a blog and I started using social media to help hold me accountable. I jumped on MyFitnessPal and started logging my food.
My heaviest weight was 360 pounds. A year and a half later I weigh in around 255. Between Shawn and I, we have lost over 240 pounds. That is a grown ass man that we have lost. Poof. Gone. Never to return. (Can I say ass on your blog STW?)
Here is the kicker. I ONLY wanted to lose weight in the beginning. I was not looking to be a runner or a weight lifter or a socka playa. I just wanted to NOT be fat. But as I lost more weight and started looking for more ways to get active, I found that I sort of didn’t mind running. And I really enjoyed racing. So I started doing it more. And I started signing up for races. And then I got talked into doing a sprint triathlon last summer. I loved it. And now I am training for a half ironman.
While Shawn and I do not agree 100% on the “eat whatever you want as long as you are within your calorie restriction” method (I tend to prefer better quality calories and clean eating but, hey, what do I know?) I can tell you that changing your lifestyle is the ONLY way to lose weight. Eating less and moving more is the ONLY way to lose weight effectively and to keep it off.