Here To Help! My journey to losing 200+ lbs and Getting my life Back in my 50s...YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I decided to write this post today because this is the 1500th consecutive day logging into My Fitness Pal!!!

I used to be depressed and wonder how and why I became an incredibly unhealthy and extremely obese 400 lb man, and such an unhappy person in my early 50's. I was on 9 medications, type 2 diabetic, and ready to throw in the towel...

One day, I came to the realization that it was nobody's fault but my own and had to hold myself accountable for each and every decision I made regarding my health and it has to be a permanent way of life with no "magic" pills, potions, or shortcuts.

1500 days ago I stumbled on the My Fitness Pal app and the great info and support here has turned out to be a huge contributing factor to my success in losing 207 lbs and keeping it off for close to 3 years now. Additionally, I have been able to get off all medications and have not been type 2 diabetic for the past 3 years. At age 56 now, I am in better shape than I was in my early 30s.


Looking back now, I had lost weight before and did the yo yo thing a few times and I now realize that I was going about things the wrong way.

I now know it's most important to get healthy FIRST which leads to a permanent positive attitude and thought process which ultimately let's the small changes you make add up slowly to reinforce the health and fitness goals that you make. Once these changes occur, the weight will start to take care of itself especially if you are armed with this great community of people and embrace some help from regular people who are or have been in the same position.

Knowledge and a good plan is key, but it takes time and patience to make lasting changes and undo all those bad habbits accumulated over the course of our lifetime. It's never too late to start and you will be amazed at how your body can heal itself and bounce back from decades of neglect or abuse.

I truly from the bottom of my heart want to thank this great community of people and especially my friends I have made here along the way for all the fun, sillyness, and incredible support given to me.

I have been told on many occasions that my story has had a huge impact on others on my friends list (as well as people at my gym) and many have privately reached out to me behind the scenes. This is such a humbling feeling for me and I really appreciate and embrace it.

We all have imperfections, obstacles, fall off the wagon, binge, get stressed, beat ourselves up, have real life issues, but the constant here in this community is positive reinforcement and an outpouring of love from total strangers.....AMAZING!! Nobody is or will ever be perfect and once we realize it's not about a bad day , bad week, or bad month..... Its about having MORE good than bad days and sticking with your program and making health and fitness a lifestyle rather than just a temporary remedy.

If anyone is struggling , just beginning, or needs some support...Friend me and I will do my best to pay it forward.



  • AliNouveau
    AliNouveau Posts: 36,287 Member
    Hey way to go what an awesome job.
  • kjurassic
    kjurassic Posts: 572 Member
    Well done, Sir!
  • MyBoyG
    MyBoyG Posts: 104 Member
    edited December 2018
    BRAVO, so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story!
  • snowflake954
    snowflake954 Posts: 7,432 Member
    Wow! You've come a long way from holding up a fish to holding up barbells.
  • rlambrecht566
    rlambrecht566 Posts: 1 Member
    Awesome job! I’m just starting but I hope I have as much success as you!
  • Mariaswm
    Mariaswm Posts: 49 Member
    You are such an inspiration. Great job! Thanks for sharing your journey.
  • cheryldumais
    cheryldumais Posts: 1,932 Member
    Great job! It’s nice to see a guy post success and inspire the men who might be feeling it isn’t possible for them.
  • Wow! You've come so far! Congratulations! That's awesome!
  • RunsWithBees
    RunsWithBees Posts: 1,508 Member
    Amazing transformation! Congrats!
  • Babs5420
    Babs5420 Posts: 17 Member
    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!
  • whatalazyidiot
    whatalazyidiot Posts: 343 Member
    Damn dude. That's amazing!!
  • cariwaldick
    cariwaldick Posts: 189 Member
    Well done! You knocked out 6 excuses there. "I'm too old. I weigh too much. It can't be done by ordinary people. I've got too many health issues. This is just how my body's wired. Why bother, it'll just come back."

    I stared five months ago, and I'm amazed how easy it was--once I got out of my own way. It's probably going to take a whole year to get where I want to be, but I'm down 65 already and the others are just dominoes in a row. I was type 2 diabetic in September, now I'm borderline. It can be done. No magic, just better habits one at a time. This way of life is my new normal.
  • Doberdawn
    Doberdawn Posts: 732 Member
  • Evamutt
    Evamutt Posts: 1,742 Member
    that's incredible, thank you so much for sharing (my husband was on insulin & heart meds for 10+ years, he lost the weight, is off insulin & meds)
  • scribblemoma
    scribblemoma Posts: 115 Member
    You are a ROCKSTAR my man! Way to friggin’ go!