100 lb. Club - I'm so vain and I think this thread is about me.

04-20-2005, 12:19 AM
I just realized I'm not the biggest guy in my plant now. There are 3 men that weigh more than I do. That is just amazing to me. Iíve always been the biggest wherever Iíve been. I look at these guys and I still feel like Iím bigger. Itís just weird. This takes some getting used to. All three of these guys have come up asking how I've lost the weight and in the process have told me how much they weigh. I just can't get over the thought of it.

04-20-2005, 01:11 AM
Very proud of you, Howie! :cheers: That is a wonderful feeling, isn't it? To realize you're not the biggest one in the room? *sigh* :D

04-20-2005, 01:31 AM
There are 3 men that weigh more than I do. That is just amazing to me. Iíve always been the biggest wherever Iíve been. I look at these guys and I still feel like Iím bigger. Itís just weird. This takes some getting used to.
Awww, Howie, you are just the sweetest man. I'm so, so, so, so, so, so, SO proud of you!!! I think the world of you, I really do. I respect your strength and integrity, and enjoy your humility, kindness, and sense of humor. You have a real sweetness. I'm so glad that you have such a wonderful wife and partner in Kimberley, and we ALL know that she's a lucky gal!

I really am just so happy for you, and I just seriously smile to myself when I think of how far you've come! You'll get used to being "not the biggest guy." Just give it some time. How did those guys receive your response regarding how you lost the weight? It's not like you popped a pill or had your mouth stapled shut, you know? :lol: You worked your shrinking bootie off to get to where you are now! I don't know if you have it in you to do this, but maybe, under the cover of darkness, and with your sweet wife sitting quietly near you giving comfort in the same darkened, silent room.......maybe, just maybe, you could give yourself a pat on the back. :sshh: We wouldn't tell.

Love you, man! :goodvibes :goodvibes

04-20-2005, 01:54 AM
Thanks Sarah. That is such a nice comment. I think the world of you also. You have been such a big inspriation to me. I would love to get together with you and Lorraine sometime. I think we would have a blast.

As far as the reaction I'm not sure what they think. I think they are waiting to hear about some magic pill. Then when I tell them I count calories and follow the American Heart Assc. and that it's just good old fashioned common since it's like they are let down. They never ask for more information. I guess it sounds to hard or maybe too easy. Not sure which.

And yes SPF it is a wonderful feeling.

04-20-2005, 12:57 PM
WTG Howie. I know I always hated being the biggest one in a crowd and when I'm not, I still feel like it.
It's sad sometimes to see someone who is obese/overweight looking for that quick and easy way to lose weight knowing that there is no quick or easy way to get it off. Hopefully they'll be able to realize that.

04-20-2005, 01:03 PM
Awww Howie, that's great!!

I can relate to how you were feeling. I am the "biggest" in the family and I am very conscious of that fact when we have some sort of get together.

I agree, that people seem to want to hear that we lost the weight in some "magically easy way" and when they find out how we actually did it, they are disappointed.

I just want to say that you are very inspiring. You have come so far. Looking at your progress pictures is really amazing! You look so much different and happier too! You and Kimberley both are just doing such a fabulous job. It very nice that you can do this together.

04-20-2005, 02:05 PM
That's wonderful news, Howie. I'm so pleased for you. You've come so far and we're so thankful you're letting us share in your glory. Hopefully those 3 guys at the plant will now look to you as a role model and inspiration like we do. Surely they won't be afraid of some hard work and determination if it results in the kind of success you're having. Add me to the list of people who are very proud of you. :)

04-20-2005, 02:41 PM
Thanks Heather and Jill. I don't want them to start losing just yet LOL. I'm enjoying the moment. I do really hope I can be a roll model for others and I would love at some point in my life to be able to do that on the side or as a full time job. We will see where that goes.

04-20-2005, 02:51 PM
I'm on the list, too! Howie, you're truly an inspiration. I went to look at your gallery again after first reading this message, and it's just amazing. You must feel like a new man! And it's so great that you and Kimberley support each other through this. I'm continually impressed with both of you and know you will both succeed!

Isn't it weird how everybody always wants a quick fix? I definitely used to think I was missing the "secret" and the "eat less/exercise more" thing was just something people say to fat people. Sure it's a bit of oversimplification, but it ain't wrong!

04-20-2005, 02:54 PM
It is nice having a partner in this. A lot of times in our life it worked the other way. We would cause each other to be bad. We are both on the same page now and we will go all the way.

04-20-2005, 03:17 PM
Howie I am there with you. Just wait until you are smaller than people who USED to be smaller than you ... heh heh.

As for role modeling, you are right, people are always disappointed when you say you lost weight through basic healthy eating and exercise. But over time, the more you lose, the more you will find people coming to you and saying you HAVE been a role model and they've started a plan or have lost xyz pounds. They will be few and far between, but they will come. I've been an "inspiration" to 3 people that I know of, and I suspect to a few others who haven't admitted it to me. So, just keep doing what you are doing, you ARE a role model.

04-20-2005, 03:39 PM
He's really an inspiration to me. I mean, if anyone has an "excuse" to just let it all go, he does. He deals with bad pain from his back injury every day, but he just pushes through and keeps going. Me, I'm a wimp compared to him!

I can't believe I was so slow to become involved here at 3FC. Guess I was still sitting on the fence and wasn't ready until I really got on plan myself. Now, I can't imagine a day without every one of you in it. :)

04-20-2005, 03:39 PM
Congratulations Howie!! Way to go. You have done such a great job. I'm glad you and Kimberly can help each other to your goals. I think it helps a lot when your partner can understand and help you.

BTW ~ nice new pic Kimberly!!

04-20-2005, 04:55 PM
Holy moly! You two are wasting away! Wow, Kimberley, your face is *so thin!*!!!!!!!

04-20-2005, 05:18 PM
Wow!! Howie!! That is just great!! It must be an amazing feeling!! I am always the biggest one wherever I go. Please add me to the list of the people who are :goodvibes proud :goodvibes of you and who you have inspired. You speak so honestly of your journey. It really helps keep me going.

You are very fortunate to have Kimberly in your corner. You two are just about the cutest thing!!! BTW - Kimberly your new pic is awesome!!!!

Congratulations Again!!! :D :D :D

Ivanna B. Skinny
04-20-2005, 05:29 PM
Way to go Howie! You have had SOO much success! We're all very proud of you! Im working on my hubby, who is about your size I think...probably a little heavier. Last night he actually ate whole wheat pasta and liked it. And today he asked for me to get whole wheat bread at the grocery! Small, teeny tiny baby steps for us all! Long story short. :blah: :blah: ..I showed him some of your posts and your blog,a nd he was impressed, too.

04-20-2005, 06:18 PM
That's great Ivanna. I hope he decides to really take off with it. I know one guy here at work who is pretty big and he has been limping around just like I was last year. His knee is really bad. I just want to help him but I know you have to want it yourself.

Thank you all so much for the kind words. It really means a lot to me.

04-20-2005, 07:10 PM
Howie you are also an inspiration to me......not just your success, but the way you are so generous with your knowledge, and advice, and so honest about your ups and downs in the journey. You really deserve to feel good!