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07-06-2012, 11:30 PM
I was asked to tell my story here rather than post my website... so here is the text copied from my website

Hi, My name is Dave Borgman. I'm 45 years old and live in Roseville, MN.

I decided to start this website to document my weight loss journey. A lot of what I am going to write here is embarrassing, but it needs to be done. If this website will help one person in their journey, or motivate one person to start their own journey, it will be worth the money spent.

I wish I had started from the beginning, but when I started I had no idea it would end up like this.

I was always a big kid and weighed over 200 pounds in high school ( I think). I never really weighed myself because I just did not want to know how much I weighed.

I did hop on the scale I'm guessing in 1998 or so and remember it being 264 pounds. I was still active and able to do things, even though I found myself wanting to do less and less because of my weight.

In 1998 I quit my job as a baker and went back to school to become a computer technician. I moved out of my roommates house and got an apartment closer to school. This was when it all spiraled out of control. Living alone I was able to eat what I wanted because no one was watching me.

​As the weight piled on I kind of withdrew socially because of the embarrassment. So I would sit at home and eat because it made me feel good mentally, even though it was destroying my body.

In 2004, I was having trouble sleeping. I would fall asleep at work, have trouble staying awake while driving. It was becoming dangerous. I went and had a sleep study done and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was given a bi-pap machine and put on supplemental oxygen while I slept.​

This helped tremendously. I was able to stay awake at work, and driving was a snap. This was just a band-aid however, and I did not take care of the underlying issue which was my weight gain.

I used to do a yearly golf tournament and bocce ball tournament that my friends put on. In about 2007 I just quit doing these things. The golf tournament was memorial day weekend, and the bocce ball tournament was in July. I just could not handle the heat anymore. They would ask and I would make excuses not to go. Finally I just pretty much told them that I was too fat and couldn't handle it anymore. Unfortunately these friends just quit asking me to do things, and I don't blame them. I was not at a good place in my life.

Why I didn't do anything about this then, I have no idea. I was just plain idiotic.

I do computer tech support and customer service for Nor-tech in Burnsville, MN. While work gave me some social interaction I needed throughout the day, I found myself withdrawing further and further socially. I pretty much hated myself.

I kept needing to buy bigger clothes, I hated going to work. Walking was becoming difficult and i couldn't walk more than 10 feet without getting winded. Part of my job is going on-site to fix computers. I hated it and would try to avoid it whenever I could. Another part of my job is sending replacement parts to customers. For this I would need to go to the warehouse and pull the parts. I found myself saving them all so I could just take one trip out to the warehouse. I would need the help of the cart I was pushing (leaning on it) so I could make that trip to the warehouse. It was becoming really bad.

I knew if I didn't do something soon, I would not be in this world much longer. But yet I did not do anything about it. I won't go into details about how much I would eat, but I'm sure you can imagine. It was just absurd.

In 2010 my brother and his wife went on Weight Watchers. I saw them a few times in summer and noticed a difference. Then I saw them on Thanksgiving and they looked great. My brother had lost 60-70 pounds, I'm not sure how much Melissa lost (you don't ask a woman about her weight) but she also looked great. This got the wheels turning in my head.

My brother had Christmas at his house in 2010 and that day I made a commitment to myself that I was going to try Weight Watchers. I signed up for Weight Watchers Online For Men that day when I got home and set a date of January 3rd 2011 to start my journey. Did I think it would actually work? No, I had tried many diets before and nothing worked. With the help of my brother I prepared the week before with groceries and healthier food.

Then the morning of Jan 3rd came. They don't make a normal scale that could register my weight so I used the shipping scale at work. I was scared to see how much I actually weighed, I was expecting over 500 pounds. I made sure no one was around except for our shipping guru Chad. I made him swear not to tell anybody what my weight was as I was pretty embarrassed about it. So I stepped on the scale and got my starting weight. It was better than I thought it would be. 456 pounds was the reading. So I was off on my journey!!

I've never been a big vegetable or fruits guy and I'm still not. It was all about finding alternatives to what I liked that was healthier for you. The first week went by and it wasn't that bad. I wasn't hungry at all. Like my brother said, it was kind of a game to see how much you could eat within the point values that Weight Watchers sets for you based on your age, height, and weight.

​The first week I only lost one pound, and thought to myself, well just like all the others it doesn't work. But I was determined to keep going. The second week I lost 5 pounds. I was feeling really bloated but just kept going. It must have been my body reacting to the change in diet. The third week I lost 9 pounds and this is when it clicked in my head, that this really may work.

​The fourth week I lost 20 pounds in one week. WOW!! this is really working. The fifth week I also lost 20 pounds. Holy crap!! Even just losing 50 pounds I was feeling so much better. People at work were noticing, it was getting easier to walk. By March 28th I had lost 100 pounds.

The weight wasn't coming off as easy now but I was still doing 3 to 4 pounds a week, and the more I lost the more it motivated me. I was able to handle the heat better (I still hate the heat and humidity but not as much as I used to).

By December 9th, 2011 I had lost 200 pounds. WOW!! What a difference a year made. Everything was just so much easier. At this time I booked a flight to Monterey, California for March. My cousin had always bugged me to come out and see him and hang out. I signed up for golf lessons, as I wanted to get back into golf. I bought new clubs.

March 16th came around. It was 80 degrees here in MN and maybe 60 in Monterey. Not what I was expecting when I booked the trip, but I was off to the airport finally with my suitcase and golf clubs. a year and a half earlier I would never have thought of doing this, and I was excited. Even just getting on the plane and being able to use the lap tray was amazing to me. I didn't need a seat belt extender. The trip was AMAZING. I am so glad I went. I went golfing for free thanks to my cousins neighbor who works in the IT department for Pebble Beach. I didn't get to golf Pebble but was able to walk the cart path along the famed 18th hole at Pebble Beach and the the facilities. We also visited Spyglass before we went to Pebble's 4th best course, The Old Course at Del Monte, and golfed 18 holes.

The whole trip was amazing. Golf, the drive down to Big Sur, the visits to Carmel, the Carmel Highlands resort, Mission Ranch (Clint Eastwoods restaurant), the Sardine Factory, the Monterey Bay aquarium, whale watching trip, the drive we took on 17 mile drive, deep sea fishing, and to top it off, a half hour helicopter tour from Monterey down the coast to Carmel and back. Simply amazing!!!!

Best time I've had in my life. It would not have been possible if I had not started on this weight loss journey.

As of today, July4th, 2012, I have lost 241 pounds and weigh 215 pounds. I have went from a size 8X shirt to 2X. I used to wear size 6X pants (not sure what the waist size was), I can now wear a 36 waist Wrangler Jeans.

As far as other things that have changed. I have dated again, I'm going out more, I joined a golf league and golf every Thursday night, bought a new car and there is a lot more room between my belly and the steering wheel. I joined a gym and am going daily, (once even went twice in one day). ​There will be a sky diving trip sometime this summer!!! I'm just enjoying life again.

I have contacted the local school district to see if they have a program for overweight teens that I would like to help. They have asked if I would also be interested in speaking to their staff wellness program, so I'm kind of excited for those possibilities to help other people.

If you stumble upon this website, and are looking to change anything in your life. Whether it be weight, alcohol, drugs, parenting, anything you think that needs changing in your life. My hope is that my story will show you it can be done. You just need to make that step!!!!

07-06-2012, 11:50 PM
That is wonderful!!! You have done an amazing job! The last few lbs are always the hardest. I lost almost 50lbs with Weight Watchers as well then fell off the wagon for almost a year (luckily I maintained within a 5lb range for the most part.) Now I'm back on and hope to lose about 30 more before I turn 27.

Sky diving? Yikes, my heart is in my throat just thinking about it. Keep up the great work.

07-06-2012, 11:59 PM
sorry i can't post any pics

07-07-2012, 12:25 AM
Oh. My. Gosh. You are such an inspiration! I am really impressed with your determination and success! Congratulations!!

07-07-2012, 03:09 AM
That's amazing!! great job!! You've shown such dedication and determination and now you're rewarded with better health and more happiness :) congrats on a job well done!!

Marshland Marsha
07-07-2012, 03:37 AM
Thank you for this post. I'm at the the very beginning of my weight loss journey and your post has been such an uplifting and inspiring read.

Congratulations on your weight loss, and well done on offering to help others :)

07-07-2012, 05:28 AM
Thanks for posting your story, Borgie, it's always great to hear another guy's story. There are a bunch of men on 3FC around and about on the different Forums. Feel free to explore and find where you like to post regularly, including the - sometimes used - Mens Corner (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/mens-corner-237/)

Glad you've joined us.

07-07-2012, 07:47 AM
Thank you for this post. I'm at the the very beginning of my weight loss journey and your post has been such an uplifting and inspiring read.

Congratulations on your weight loss, and well done on offering to help others :)

You can do it Marsha. Just find what works for you and stick with it!!!

07-07-2012, 08:02 AM
can u post a link to your site? if it can be done? u did amaizing

07-07-2012, 08:13 AM
can u post a link to your site? if it can be done? u did amaizing

I can't yet, sorry. Message me on yahoo messenger if you would like. Heading to the gym right now but will be back in an hour or so.

07-07-2012, 08:41 AM
Borgie, thanks for sharing your impressive story.

07-07-2012, 09:53 AM
I really didn't want to go to the gym today, but i went anyway. When i got there i decided i was going to do it harder and longer than I ever have.

Went 4 miles at an incline of 3 and a speed of 4 mph without a break. Blew away the most i have ever done by a long shot. who knows maybe 5 miles tomorrow?

Best before was 3 miles, 2 incline, 4mph wih a stop at 35 minutes for a drink and 2 min break.

07-07-2012, 10:55 AM
OMG!!! I L~O~V~E~ your story!!!. How AWESOME!!! and utterly inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

07-07-2012, 11:39 AM
Wow, congrats. That's amazing!

I come from a golf-obsessed family, so I fully appreciate your love of Pebble. :)

07-07-2012, 11:49 AM
WTG!! That is awesome!! Thanks for sharing! Keep up the great work!

07-07-2012, 12:02 PM
Great story! Congratulations on your sucess! I hope I can tell a similar story one day!

07-07-2012, 12:10 PM
Congratulations, Borgie!! What a wonderful, inspirational story!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

07-07-2012, 12:20 PM
Well done!!! You must feel great :)

07-07-2012, 12:56 PM
Thanks for sharing your amazing story! I could relate the feeling of just not even wanting to know the reality of what I weighed, etc. but you faced it and lost it!! You didn't give up, especially during those critical first few weeks when the body adjusts. Congrats!

07-07-2012, 02:02 PM
Wow, way to go!

07-08-2012, 08:22 AM
Thanks for the comments everybody. Its been great. Hopefully my story inspires some people.

07-08-2012, 08:22 AM
Its all about lifestyle change.

07-09-2012, 09:30 AM
uggh... gained a pound this week. I'm hoping it because I'm lifting weights 3 times a week and adding lean muscle mass.

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07-09-2012, 09:58 AM
Wow! :encore: Those pictures are great. Your loss is amazing...YOU are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing your journey story. It is really so inspiring.

07-09-2012, 10:14 AM
How wonderful! ! That is such an amazing accomplishment, thank you for sharing your inspirational story. Weightloss seems daunting at times and it is posts like these that keep me going.

07-09-2012, 01:11 PM
How wonderful! ! That is such an amazing accomplishment, thank you for sharing your inspirational story. Weightloss seems daunting at times and it is posts like these that keep me going.

It was Tiff, but the more that comes off it just fuels your fire even more!!!

07-09-2012, 06:02 PM
What an amazing achievement! Congratulations!!!:carrot:

07-09-2012, 07:00 PM
Congratulations on your success! Love your story!!

07-11-2012, 09:36 AM
Thanks Peachy and Simi!!!

07-11-2012, 10:09 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your story! What an amazing transformation.
You changed your life one step at a time...you give us all inspiration on this weight loss journey.

Judy Lynn
07-11-2012, 06:14 PM
Wow! What an amazing accomplishment! Thanks for sharing your story.

07-11-2012, 07:21 PM
Your story is very inspiring- thank you so much for sharing! I'm going through a discouraging time on my weight loss journey right now, so I'm glad to have read your story.

07-11-2012, 09:21 PM
Glad my story is inspiring to you guys. Helping people is becoming a passion of mine. I'm not an expert at any of this, just want to show people that anyone can do it.

Hopefully I will be able to post my website soon. Now where is that 240 pounds lost avatar? :) It stops at 200!

07-12-2012, 09:58 AM
Wow! That is an amazing success! Congrats on your transformation, you've got something to be proud of :)

07-12-2012, 11:32 PM
Amazing! Congrats on overcoming such a challenge!

07-13-2012, 12:03 AM
i wish you the best of luck continuing to have great health & happiness! :)

07-13-2012, 06:16 PM
You know, you could put a belt on that shirt and have a very stylish dress :lol:

Amazing job! Keep it up!

07-13-2012, 07:34 PM
you look SO much happier these days! what could be better than being able to live your life on your own terms?

Congratulations! you are truly an inspiration, and I look forward to reading more of your adventures as you help others.

thank you!

07-14-2012, 07:59 PM
wooo hoooo bought my first shirt that didn't have more than one X in front of the L. Thats right, XL!!! So happy, and size 36 jeans too!!!! Far cry from the 6X pants and 8X shirts I was wearing a year and a half ago.

07-15-2012, 12:31 PM
Your story and pictures are amazing and so inspiring. Keep up the great work.

07-15-2012, 01:11 PM
Thank you for the inspiration!! You look great!

07-15-2012, 03:55 PM
Great job! You are a superstar! And you look at least 10 years younger. Keep up the good work!

07-15-2012, 06:17 PM
Your transformation is amazing and inspiring!!! You look like a totally different person. Way to go!

07-16-2012, 10:16 AM

07-16-2012, 10:56 AM
The new me. Bald by choice, black goatee, and best of all an XL shirt!!! haven't had that since high school.


07-16-2012, 06:50 PM
Great story - such an inspiration!

07-17-2012, 12:47 AM
Great job! You are a superstar! And you look at least 10 years younger. Keep up the good work!

Dude, make that at least 15 years younger! Love the shaved head and the dark goat!

07-17-2012, 02:04 AM
Love the dark goatee!

07-17-2012, 04:56 AM
You look fantastic. Congratulations!

07-17-2012, 10:37 PM
That's an awesome picture! Great inspiration, you have motivated me to start again. Thanks!

07-17-2012, 11:03 PM
You can do it grasshopper. I'm glad my story made you decide to get back on it!!!

07-18-2012, 01:29 AM
What an amazing terrific inspiring achievement.

When I saw the thread title "242 pounds lost" I immediately thought, "Hah! 242 lb - ridiculous!! That's impossible!"

Apparently nothing is impossible.

Yes and I agree with a previous poster - your new look is at least 15 years younger. At least. Really an amazing transformation. I imagine all of your friends still won't shut up about it, huh!

07-18-2012, 10:15 AM
Congratulations!!! Your story is sooo inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

07-22-2012, 07:59 PM
Prince, I feel amazing!!! Its a whole new life. Its been a great summer doing things again that I used to do, or always wanted to do but was too big.

07-22-2012, 10:14 PM
Great inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing!

07-25-2012, 05:14 PM
Wow, what an amazing achievement. I am right at the beginning of my weight loss journey (1 week into the Weightwatchers programme) and your story is truly inspirational. You look fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, it will help to spur me on.

07-25-2012, 05:43 PM
Congratulations!!! Keep on,keeping on!!

07-26-2012, 10:27 AM
That is a fantastic weight loss! Congratulations!

07-26-2012, 12:52 PM
Congratulations! That is an awesome story and achievement! :wave:

07-26-2012, 12:55 PM
I admire you more than I can say. Your story is very inspiring - you sound like a great guy!

07-26-2012, 11:10 PM
Thanks all. Been out of town for a few days. Kind of pigged out on bad stuff for dinner and breakfast, but it hasn't hurt me on the scale :)

Good news is.... I now get to have a signature with a link to my website. So check it out and feel free to share it with anyone who you think it may help.

07-29-2012, 04:34 PM
So when I shaved my head a couple weeks back, a guy at work said i looked like Mr Clean. So I had to do some mr clean poses to prove him wrong. I'm just not seeing it, I'm much better looking LOL


Chic Fil A
07-30-2012, 10:20 AM
You sir, deserve everything that you have gained from your hard work. I know I'm not the first to say it but GOOD JOB!

And yeah I don't see any resemblance to Mr. Clean xD

07-30-2012, 11:06 AM
Holy Smokes Borgie, what a transformation!:broc:

Thank you so much for posting your story. If you can do it, so can the rest of us. I know it wasn't easy, but you just did it.

07-30-2012, 03:14 PM
The only thing that resembles Mr. Clean is your bald head.....but great job getting to your goal.

07-30-2012, 03:47 PM
Keep on Rockin' the healthy lifestyle! YEAH!!

07-30-2012, 09:45 PM
Congrats on your massive weight loss! I'm genuinely curious, how did you lose 100 pounds in 3 months, let alone 20 pounds in a week?

07-30-2012, 10:21 PM
Congrats on your massive weight loss! I'm genuinely curious, how did you lose 100 pounds in 3 months, let alone 20 pounds in a week?

I honestly don't know. I just stayed within my weight watchers point target and it just melted away.

I'm sure my body was in shock, not getting all the fast food and sweets it was used to. I'd bet I was eating 5000-6000 calories a day at least, and going down to 1500- 2000 a day at the beginning, everything just took care of itself.

07-30-2012, 10:36 PM
Congrats on your massive weight loss! I'm genuinely curious, how did you lose 100 pounds in 3 months, let alone 20 pounds in a week?

I don't know how long you have been at it and I'm not an expert on anything, just know what worked for me.

If you want to know more feel free to contact me. There is contact info on my webpage.


07-31-2012, 05:04 AM
An amazing and inspirational story!

Misti in Seattle
07-31-2012, 05:20 AM
What a wonderful story, Borgie. Congrats!

08-03-2012, 11:09 PM
Thanks Violet and Misti. Someone from 3FC just emailed me and asked for some tips and what drives me. Thats what its all about. Helping other people, if I can help just one person in their journey It makes me feel good!!

08-04-2012, 01:48 AM
Wow! Those pics are worth a million words!! I love your story, thank you so much for sharing. I can relate to being in scale denial in the past... :o Congrats on the paramount success you have! :) Absolutely amazing, you have and will continue to change lives! :D

08-05-2012, 11:38 PM
What losing all this weight has allowed me to do!!!


08-09-2012, 10:04 PM
Bless your heart! You are an inspiration to all of us.
Best wishes for your continued success.

08-09-2012, 10:14 PM
My gosh, you are such an inspiration. I got chills down my spine looking at your pics. You did an amazzzzing job!! Congratulations.

08-09-2012, 10:56 PM

08-10-2012, 01:23 AM
Wow what an incredible story! Love love love the skydiving pic!!! You're awesome.

08-10-2012, 09:16 AM
Thanks shortchick, watchoutforthatcar, amarantha, and katie.

Skydiving was a blast, so glad I did it. And glad I got the video and pics to go with it!!!

08-12-2012, 12:59 AM

08-12-2012, 08:17 AM
Oh wow! What an inspiration - thank you for sharing your story

08-16-2012, 12:47 PM
Your story is amazing! Fantastic job! I checked out your website & love the pictures!

08-17-2012, 02:50 PM
That looks like so much fun!! Congrats on your success. :)

08-19-2012, 09:31 AM
Thanks Onedaysmaller, Jalsa, Iamtheglue, and Ladybug10.

I'm so close to getting under 200 I can taste it. 201 this morning!! More than likely sometime this week:carrot:

08-20-2012, 01:42 PM
Congrats! :)

08-23-2012, 10:53 AM
What a great day this morning!!! Weighed in at 199.8. 599 long days and I made it to ONEderland.

08-23-2012, 11:33 PM
:carrot: WOOHOO :carrot: Great job!!!

mountain mama
08-24-2012, 10:20 PM
You rock! you really have motivated me more than ever! Thank you for sharing your journey!

08-25-2012, 10:26 AM
Thank you for sharing your story! Love the skydiving pic and can't wait until I'm at a weight that I'm comfortable doing those things!!

08-26-2012, 12:12 AM
What an amazing transformation!!!!!! This gives me motivation. I have such a tough time sticking to my routine some days (like today) but seeing the success that others have helps motivate me to do what I know I need to do. Thanks! :)

08-27-2012, 09:25 PM
Wow! I am impressed. Both with your weight loss and your desire to help others. The skydiving I could live without. . . . :) But reading this sort of thing is what keeps me motivated. We can all do this!

And congratulations on hitting onderland.

09-02-2012, 12:42 PM
Mark another thing off the list!!! Started playing tennis again this morning!!! LOVE IT!!!

09-02-2012, 12:57 PM
Wow! What an amazing story.

09-14-2012, 10:14 PM
I was on a local Radio sports show this morning. I got to talk a little about my weight loss. It was pretty cool. I am on about the 8:45 mark!!!


09-14-2012, 11:10 PM
Have you tried ladder climbing? You lose tons of sweats. Try that, you may lose weight faster. How old are you? I am asking, because your metabolism is very good. I am 60, so no other intentions.

09-15-2012, 07:13 PM
Good job man that is awesome. Very inspiring.
I have been looking at skydiving and paragliding also :) I'm too big now but that's going to change. Lost over 90 pounds in the last 6 months on slimgenics, almost halfway to goal now. I started longboarding just recently. :) Pretty fun.

Another funny thing, I think for the first time in my life I weigh LESS than my driver's license states. :) I put down 320 which was a huge lie at the time.

Cool to see a success story from someone who lost even more than I need to. Thanks!

09-20-2012, 01:04 AM

10-01-2012, 03:09 PM
Love the skydiving picture and you're such an amazing inspiration. I feel much more motivated today because of your post. Thank you!

10-01-2012, 03:51 PM
thank you so much for sharing! made my day :)

10-17-2012, 09:03 PM
such a wonderful story

10-22-2012, 08:51 AM
I finally had my celebration party to celebrate getting under 200 pounds. 65 family, friends, and co-workers showed up to help me celebrate. It was a great time!!!! Here I am with a friend of mine Todd. Damn I look good in a suit LOL

Todd and his family have overcome a lot themselves, quite an inspiration they are. http://www.shortarmguy.com/startribunelukeandavery.htm

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/rw2miller/201210_10151115484280875_1143070879_o_zpsea2c66fb. jpg

12-07-2012, 01:43 AM

03-20-2013, 03:26 PM
Truly an inspiration!

03-24-2013, 08:16 PM
way to go!!!!

03-24-2013, 08:33 PM
Lord How Mercy........tears

05-04-2013, 10:14 PM
what an amazing and inspiring story! fantastic job!

09-19-2013, 12:03 AM
Borgie, I have to admit that your skydiving adventure inspired me to go skydiving too. I was petrified throughout, but I did it! For me, it was a confirmation of my strength. I don't have any pictures because they cost too much, but they did give me a certificate. Thanks for the inspiration! (I've blotted out my real name.)

09-20-2013, 01:12 PM
you look wonderful! awesome job and congrats :carrot:

09-20-2013, 07:08 PM
that's amazing congratulations :)

09-25-2013, 07:44 AM
Borgie, I have to admit that your skydiving adventure inspired me to go skydiving too. I was petrified throughout, but I did it! For me, it was a confirmation of my strength. I don't have any pictures because they cost too much, but they did give me a certificate. Thanks for the inspiration! (I've blotted out my real name.)

Awesome ControlW!!! It was awesome wasn't it? Did you tandem or solo?

Thanks all for the nice comments!!

09-26-2013, 11:03 PM
Congrats! Such a fab achievement!

10-14-2013, 02:22 PM
Wow congrats!

10-14-2013, 02:52 PM
This actually brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy for you! Your struggle and compassion shows so much on this post. I want to thank you for the inspiration and for telling your story. Such an awesome journey and I wish u the best! Congratulations to a job well done.

10-14-2013, 04:06 PM
wow-awesome story
I live in Shoreview MN and go to the Roseville mall WW meetings!