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



  • chinablk22
    chinablk22 Posts: 10 Member
    Thanks for sharing your success. I will read this again when I get down I have 242lbs. To lose, and fighting for my life.
  • slimbettie
    slimbettie Posts: 686 Member
    You sir. You take my breath away.
  • cmteach4
    cmteach4 Posts: 226 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

  • seachelle76
    seachelle76 Posts: 27 Member
    You, sir, are an inspiration. You look great. I also think you've hit on a lot of things that others can identify with, which is why I think it is so important that people like you share their stories. Congrats.
  • RobertDupuy
    RobertDupuy Posts: 48 Member
  • mrdmevans
    mrdmevans Posts: 149 Member
    Thank you
  • rebeccaEsmith
    rebeccaEsmith Posts: 1,136 Member
  • AlexKuznetsov
    AlexKuznetsov Posts: 7 Member
    The saying goes" what ever the mind can conceive, it can achieve " nice work mate.
  • Anna334
    Anna334 Posts: 28 Member
    Congratulations and I think it is a wonderful idea to get the church and community involved in getting healthy GB!
  • elize7
    elize7 Posts: 1,087 Member
    You Rock!
  • Radory
    Radory Posts: 35 Member
    Amazing and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story!
  • bigT24chiefs
    bigT24chiefs Posts: 50 Member
    Glad I read this!
  • tretoptreece
    tretoptreece Posts: 425 Member
    So motivated After reading this! Thank you for sharing and inspiring others!
  • arussell134
    arussell134 Posts: 463 Member
    "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."

    This part made me sooo happy. Way to give back! You look like you got your life back! :) Enjoy.
  • rugratz2015
    rugratz2015 Posts: 593 Member
    You are an amazing person, you look fabulous, well done you will be such an inspiration in the weight loss group you started x
  • sheppeyescapee
    sheppeyescapee Posts: 329 Member
    Excellent work! You really have come a long way. You look really different :smile:
  • lpatriquin
    lpatriquin Posts: 63 Member
    Truly inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm sure your words have encouraged more people than you know. :)
  • shellgoff
    shellgoff Posts: 189 Member
    Amazing!!!! Great job!
  • JoelleAnn78
    JoelleAnn78 Posts: 1,492 Member
    Excellent work. I love to hear a great success story!
  • Pound_Destroyer
    Pound_Destroyer Posts: 32 Member
    I'm so inspired by you it's f-in amazing!
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