3yrs and I have lost over 320 pounds! You can do it too!



  • mrdmevans
    mrdmevans Posts: 149 Member
    edited September 2015

    Here is to a year of maintenance!
  • makeoverpm
    makeoverpm Posts: 117 Member
    Well done! such an amazing achievement. So glad you've been able to pursue so many of your hobbies.
  • lovemygirls55
    lovemygirls55 Posts: 5 Member
    mrdmevans wrote: »
    I have lost 320ish pounds by changing out I eat, educating myself and working on my overall fitness.

    In May of 2012, the path my life was taking changed. I had a flip switched in my brain, as I suddenly and heartbreakingly had this fear rush through me that my son had to defend his obese father to his friends. The thought brought tears to my eyes, as I imagined bringing more pain in my sons life, or him being embarrassed to be seen with me. I knew I couldn't have that! I love my son to much...

    That lit the fuse, so I started looking through diets. Which one? Which one will get me to where I want to me. I mean I have tried almost all of them it seems in the past. They worked in the short term but I always gained the weight back. That's when it hit me, none of these diets worked for me because it wasn't something I could live with. If I am going to truly make this a lifestyle change then I need to change how I live forever, not just for a few months. So, I scheduled an appointment with a dietician so that I could educate myself on what a proper diet looks like, figure out things I may be doing wrong, and identify ways that I can incorporate the "must have' foods in my typical menu. That visit was instrumental in making sure my path was going to lead me down the right path.

    I had my trigger moment, my education/diet plan and now I just needed keep my head on straight and keep myself motivated and focused on my goals which led me to create the Daves Road to Better Health page. On this page I have listed the things I wanted to achieve such as being able to ride a roller coaster or any ride for that matter with my son. Being able to take my wife to the ballet or theater, being able to play softball, buy clothes at a regular store, ride a motorcycle, the list goes on and on.

    I am happy to say that I have been able to accomplish all of my little goals in the past 3 years! I have done all of things mentioned above, and I have found even more things to do that I could have never done when I was over 500 pounds.

    I am not going to sit here and tell you that it has been easy for me, because it hasn't always been. I have struggled with many things through out this time. I know now that I was addicted to food, it was truly my drug of choice. I ate when I was sad, stressed, bored, happy, angry, depressed and occasionally when I was hungry. All of these emotions didn't suddenly stop when I started this lifestyle change. I had to find ways to control my eating during these times and channel those emotions elsewhere. I prayed a lot, I leaned on my family, I leaned on my friends. Sometimes, I leaned on perfect strangers on forums or my weight loss page. This all helped me gain control of my emotional eating habits.

    I had to be honest with myself and own up to my mistakes. If I had a bad meal or day. I didn't allow myself to say well I will start back over tomorrow or worse next week. I started right back over and regrouped. When I had a dreaded plateau, I didn't throw in the towel and give up instead I stayed true to the course and eventually found my plateau would break and the weight loss would happen.

    I had to be honest with my friends. If I was going over for dinner I asked what was being served so that I could either planning my day out right or possibly bring an alternative.

    I don't have cheat days ever! If I want something I am going to have it. I just limit myself on the amount. Instead of eating the entire bag of chips, I eat a serving. Instead of eating a king size candy bar, I eat a piece of dove chocolate. Now, back to being honest with myself. I knew that I had what I call an avalanche food which was delivery pizza. I could eat a large and still be hungry. I knew I would have a hard time controlling myself so I did cut it out of my diet for about 2 1/2 years. Instead I made a healthier version at home. I had to do that until I was mentally strong enough to push the plate away :)

    In the end, I am sooooo much happier. I am living a life that I never imagined being possible. I mean I celebrated my 3 year anniversary on a motorcycle in Washington DC! I mean how cool is that! I am not going to say I have my life back. I am going to tell you I have a life I never dreamed possible!

    I want others to realize they can do this too. I want them to realize they are not alone. Food is an addiction that you can't run from or completely avoid. You have to eat to live while making sure you don't end up living to eat.

    I am happy to say that my wife and I started a weight loss support group at our church so that we can hopefully help build that community of support locally and help others see that they too can get to where they want to be.

    I know this is a very long post, but too many people are out there struggling with their weight. They feel lost, the feel scared, they feel abused. The abuse can come from themselves and from the cruel words and stares of random strangers. There are people that feel imprisoned and don't know they can break out. I just want people to realize they can do it! You can do it!

    You deserve to be happy, to be healthy, to enjoy your life! So, go out there and make it happen! Please, make it happen for you, for your family, for your friends. pgb1wa0apm4e.jpg

  • hudajor
    hudajor Posts: 9 Member
    Really amazing good for you
  • 20paws
    20paws Posts: 26 Member
    Thanks for sharing. I feel hope.
  • mrdmevans
    mrdmevans Posts: 149 Member
    Thanks everyone!

    There is hope!
  • lynder64
    lynder64 Posts: 285 Member
    Congratulations on your success... you look amazing!!! Thank you for sharing & inspiring.
  • Ladybug_1794
    Ladybug_1794 Posts: 94 Member
    Wow you are Very inspirational. You look GREAT!!!
  • krithsai
    krithsai Posts: 668 Member
    Here I was whining over the 30 lbs I need to lose. Your story is so mind blowing that I am just staring in stunned silence.
  • mrron2u
    mrron2u Posts: 919 Member
    Wow! This is truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing your story with us. It means the world and is a reminder that anything can be accomplished. I love the success stories! I hope to be one myself someday!
  • klkarlen
    klkarlen Posts: 4,366 Member
    To the OP, congrats on your success and your new life!
    mrron2u wrote: »
    Wow! This is truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing your story with us. It means the world and is a reminder that anything can be accomplished. I love the success stories! I hope to be one myself someday!

    You will be! You have come to the right place!

  • mrdmevans
    mrdmevans Posts: 149 Member
    mrron2u wrote: »
    Wow! This is truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing your story with us. It means the world and is a reminder that anything can be accomplished. I love the success stories! I hope to be one myself someday!

    You can definitely do anything you set your mind too!
  • mrdmevans
    mrdmevans Posts: 149 Member
  • dverano
    dverano Posts: 13 Member
  • Blackdawn_70631
    Blackdawn_70631 Posts: 283 Member
    What I like bout this is that it took three years.
    So many people have a I heard that want to lose 30 pounds in the next two weeks. Things like that.
    But the best way to lose weight is slowly. Wait a year or longer.
  • lorrpb
    lorrpb Posts: 11,464 Member
    I am not going to say I have my life back. I am going to tell you I have a life I never dreamed possible!
    This is what it's all about. So very cool, Mr. OP. You should feel so very proud and thrilled. And nice that you are paying it forward through your church support group.

    SW 301, CW 189, GW 150, 16 months.
  • nutmegoreo
    nutmegoreo Posts: 15,532 Member
    Wow! Congratulations on the success through all your hard work!
  • goldthistime
    goldthistime Posts: 3,214 Member
    Amazing! So happy for you.
  • Obnoxa
    Obnoxa Posts: 187 Member
    Holy smokes! Your original post is SUPER inspirational! I haven't hit an actual rough patch yet, but when I do I'm going to read it until I memorize it!
    What a great job, congrats to you and thanks for sharing :smiley:
  • myhealthjourneynow
    myhealthjourneynow Posts: 12 Member
    You are very inspiring, your story hit the nail on the head with being addicted to food, and the many reason, I personally eat. You're story brought me tears because I know so many people feel this way, as I do. Thank you for sharing your story.
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