Goal! - Almost 250 pounds lost




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matt_H
09-16-2010, 02:24 PM
My goal *was* to be at 200 pounds, but I changed that and now wish to get down to 190 [edit, its 180 now and possible will go down to 175]. I'm posting here now because tomorrow (Sept 17th) is my 3 year weight loss anniversary and I feel like this is sort of the start of my new life in maintenance phase.

What a long and crazy journey it has been! It has not been a straight shot to get down to where I am. There was many bumps along the way, but I'm happy for those bumps. I'm glad it wasn't easy because I've learned now to recognize when things start to go wrong and I can quickly get back on to a healthy lifestyle.

To think that 3 years ago I could barely walk 2 blocks without being out of breath and now I do several marathon length walks each year. To think that 3 years ago I was in constant fear of embarrassment such as not being able to fit into chairs or not being able to do things that other people took for granted. To think that 3 years ago I could have dropped dead any day (and now I am the healthiest I've ever been in my life).

You can see some before pictures here (http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b112/anomie666/facebook.jpg) and here (http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b112/anomie666/comparisonpic-1-1-1.jpg). If you'd like to see a current picture, you can see that here (http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b112/anomie666/jimmyfund.jpg). If you'd like to see some of the skin issues associated with massive weight loss, you can see that here (http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b112/anomie666/012.jpg) (shirtless, TMI warning).

Every day now I want to be healthier than the day previously. That doesn't necessarily mean less weight (as I am now going to make a big effort to add more muscle).

As always, I thank the people at 3fc's for giving me the encouragement to continue this journey when I was very close to giving up. I don't think I could have had the success I've had if not for this community. :D


dani13
09-16-2010, 02:39 PM
Matt,
You look great! Well done!!! Amazing! It takes a lot of determination to achieve this - awesome!
You'll reach your goal in no time!

L144S
09-16-2010, 02:42 PM
Happy Anniversary from a fellow Bostonian, Ok I am on the northshore but still, congrats on all the hard work!


Jennie527
09-16-2010, 03:05 PM
Congrats! You look great, Matt. I wish you good luck, happiness, and perseverance on your continued journey.

Matilda08
09-16-2010, 04:53 PM
WTG!!! *hand claps*

gottadoit2010
09-16-2010, 04:55 PM
Great job! Very good words to hold on to...about the learning along the way and the being healthier than the day before. Kudos!

Slim CB
09-16-2010, 05:03 PM
Wow Matt! You are such an inspiration and you are truly a testament to the fact that this is al life long journey, a marathon......not a sprint. Congrats again!

Vladadog
09-16-2010, 05:06 PM
You are such an incredible inspiration Matt!

Newshinyme
09-16-2010, 05:46 PM
Congratulations!
I am taking your wisdom and view on the not so straight road to health and applying myself into turning all the bumps into learning tools.

llmw1951
09-16-2010, 06:28 PM
Matt....... You've Done Great! Congratulations!

TheRightWeigh
09-16-2010, 08:23 PM
u r my number 1 inspiration right now!!!! This is pure greatness!

SeaWave
09-16-2010, 09:22 PM
Matt - what can I say but what everyone else has said: you're an inspiration! Congratulations!

StephanieM
09-16-2010, 09:22 PM
You've come far and you have the right state of mind! It's a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet.

Congratulations!

bonnie2009
09-17-2010, 12:29 AM
Great, Great, Great!

oOPeanutOo
09-17-2010, 07:17 AM
Wow! You've done an absolutely amazing job! Congratulations on your success & happy anniversary.

matt_H
09-17-2010, 07:24 AM
Thanke everyone!

As of this morning, it is over 250 pounds :)

Terre
09-17-2010, 08:11 AM
Matt...You look so good!! You have done a fantastic job!!! Congrats!

Judy Lynn
09-17-2010, 08:40 AM
Matt, you have done a freakin' amazing job! You must feel incredible.

http://i42.tinypic.com/15pg0sw.jpg

WillsAngel
09-17-2010, 09:38 AM
Congratulations!!! What an absolutely spectacular life change!!! These words seem inadequate for such an accomplishment. You are an inspiration to all of us that are at the beginning our our journey!!

Rosinante
09-17-2010, 12:18 PM
Happy Anniversary!

Now, I happen to like big guys, so I think your before photo in the orange shirt is hot! but you look so sad in both of them ~ and now you don't! (And still hot...)
You're a great inspiration!

office girl
09-17-2010, 12:54 PM
wow! that is amazing. way to go!

beadsofjade
09-17-2010, 08:14 PM
Incredible. Good luck on the rest of your journey.

b e t h
09-18-2010, 10:48 AM
You did it! :) Great job, Matt! Losing over 250 lbs is such a great accomplishment.

BellaLucia
09-18-2010, 01:40 PM
Congrats Matty Ice!

Onederchic
09-18-2010, 05:15 PM
You are awesome :D

HLS
09-18-2010, 05:46 PM
That is amazing - congrats!

leeshalulu
09-19-2010, 09:47 AM
Wow- Great job! I look forward to the day that I am able to participate in some 5k and half marathons.

MablesGirl
09-20-2010, 08:32 AM
Wow Matt! You are such an inspiration!

Samve
09-20-2010, 09:03 AM
Congratulations!!!!! You are a true inspiration!!! You must be so proud of yourself! Excellent!

Bunti
09-20-2010, 11:18 AM
Wow Matt. You have accomplished so much. Thanks for sharing your journey. YOU ROCK!!!!

stilldew
09-25-2010, 04:18 AM
What an journey you've been on! You look like a whole new person. Bet you feel like it too. Thanks for letting us see it can be done.

Susan

catowned
09-25-2010, 09:29 AM
WOW! You look great!!!! Congratulations!!!:hug:

Jojo381972
09-25-2010, 09:48 PM
Wow! You look like an entirely different person before and after the weight loss. What an inspiration! Congratulations on your huge loss! :bravo:

Queen Donna
09-30-2010, 07:44 AM
Spectacular job!!!! All your hard work paid off. Thanks for the photos. I was pleasantly surprised at your "excess skin" pic. I was expecting to see so much more extra skin than that. I appreciating you sharing.

Best wishes in loosing the last few pounds.
Donna

:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

VickieLou
10-26-2010, 11:51 AM
:congrat: Matt! You have done Great! Your an Inspiration to Me. I think I was on vacation when you posted this.

Charles78
10-26-2010, 01:05 PM
Way to go man! You look great. Congratulations. :)

matt_H
10-26-2010, 03:13 PM
Thanks everyone!

I thought I'd add in a couple of more photos from today. I just took these (one in the office bathroom which turned out a bit blury and one in my office). The shirt I'm wearing is a size small! :) :carrot:

bumbar
10-28-2010, 09:22 PM
wow, you look great

xty
10-29-2010, 07:25 PM
matt_H you are looking amazing...thought I read in another thread you thought the small looked a little tight? Looks like a great fit to me :)

Thanks for sharing your journey, it really has provided me much inspiration as well as the support you offer. *hugs*

CourtneyDaisey
10-29-2010, 09:08 PM
WOW MATT!!!!!!!!!! :carrot: You are quite an inspiration! what an amazing transformation you've had! Congrats!

Ulva
10-30-2010, 12:49 AM
Hello Matt,
You look great.Well done. It takes a lot of determination for this achievement.
You'll reach your goal in no time!

sessizvesabit
11-01-2010, 07:32 AM
Wow! Congratulations!!!

kittycarlson
11-01-2010, 04:28 PM
Wow that is fantastic! You are a real inspiration. I have been overweight my whole life. I even had a gastric bypass back in 1984. I lost about 122 lbs but gained most of it back. Started slowly losing this spring trying to choose whole foods. Now I'm having difficulty with skin yeast infections and the Nystatin isn't working anymore so researching natural cures for yeast I found out I shouldn't be eating sugar or starchy foods. That led me to BFC. It doesn't look like anyone much is posting about BFC. Are you still trying it?
Best wishes on your anniversary and congradulations. You probably saved your life.

Ookpik
11-01-2010, 07:31 PM
Excellent, congratulations! :)

Bremaine
11-01-2010, 11:01 PM
Oh wow man, that's pretty cool. I wish I could shed off the pounds like you have been. Congrats dude. :)

Natoshial
11-02-2010, 09:50 AM
Wow, what determination! You look great.

matt_H
11-02-2010, 10:37 AM
Thanks everyone. I've been losing a bit more since I made this post. The subject heading isn't that accurate anymore ;)

SillyFilly17
11-14-2010, 07:41 PM
Wow, Wow, Wow! Well done. You must feel great!

kerielaine
11-21-2010, 10:38 AM
Matt you look amazing. You look happy and healthy. Congrats on your accomplishment. I'm truly in awe!

galewinters11
11-22-2010, 03:44 AM
Wow, Matt, congratulations! That must've taken a tremendous amount of discipline. You look great!

glynne
11-28-2010, 12:56 AM
Wow Matt ~ you have done an awesome job. I'm glad for you and that you have improved your health and all. I remember you from a few years back ~ you posted in one of the same areas I posted. Congratulations on your hard work and success.

matt_H
11-29-2010, 09:52 AM
In the time since I've made this post, I've changed my goal down to 180 and I'm debating changing it down once again to either 175 or 170. I'm not sure at this point just yet! It would be good to get down to 180 and then see. My current lowest weight is 184.6.

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Ready2BThinna
11-29-2010, 09:57 PM
Wow Matt!!!
What an inspiration! You have accomplished so much, totally turned your health around.

Way to go :carrot:

Jean

WebWoman
11-30-2010, 03:37 PM
Way to go Matt! As a new member, I really look up to you and the fact that you stayed with it so long!

matt_H
12-01-2010, 11:15 AM
Thanks Webwoman!

FYI, I'm originally from Ohio. I grew up in Cleveland and all of my family is still in the area (Cleveland, Elyria, Parma, Lakewood, etc.).

katienail
12-02-2010, 03:29 AM
Wow.. fantastic!! You look happy and healthy. What an inspiration! You have accomplished so much, totally turned your health around.

darway
12-05-2010, 09:51 AM
Way to go! That is some major league dropping... You actually shed more fat, than you retained in your current body mass. =:-O

beth4365
12-05-2010, 08:14 PM
You are such an inspiration to me.

Thank you for sharing yourself here.

ducktape54
12-06-2010, 10:29 PM
that is amazing!

Raspberry 1984
12-12-2010, 12:09 PM
woow this is great .. U look great in before and the after photos :)

good job keep it up :)

CanadianCutie
12-12-2010, 12:13 PM
Wow Matt, awesome!

brandonjohnston84
02-01-2013, 04:29 PM
congratulations....very impressive!

Mozzy
02-07-2013, 02:56 PM
Congrats!!!

syberdee
02-09-2013, 06:40 PM
What an amazing journey...Well done!!!