3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Success Stories > Goal!

Goal! Have you reached your goal? Share your success story and celebrate your victory!

John's story

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-01-2007, 05:01 PM   #1
11th year in maintenance
 
JohnKY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 93

S/C/G: 285/172/170

Height: 5'11"

Default John's story

Hi,

I'm new to the forum. Just posted in the intro section of Maintainers. As that would suggest, I'm currently maintaining, but I wanted to post my story and eventually some photos.

I'm a formerly obese 37-year-old guy from Kentucky. I lost about 115 lbs in 2000-01 and my wife lost 55 lbs at the same time on a low-glycemic, whole-foods diet and a program of regular exercise. Mostly hiking. We've kept it off since.

A wake-up call in the form of a health crisis was my trigger for weight loss. If I suddenly hadn't become very concerned for my health and future I wonder how long it might have taken me to realize I needed the radical shift in lifestyle that I was to adopt.

(This is the short version. I don't want to bore people with a long recounting of my journey and descriptions of my health, but feel free to ask me anything about it.)

At that time I came to an important conclusion.

I possibly had something seriously wrong with me.

Doctors could not understand what was happening to me, let alone help me. All most wanted to do was to push psychoactive drugs on me.

I knew I was a very unhealthy person.

I knew I had better do all I could for my health.

I always knew what I needed to do to lose weight.

I knew it would require a radical change in lifestyle.

Before this, I just never had a good enough reason to do it.

I significantly cut my calories immediately. At meals I filled up on foods I knew were not very calorically dense. I cut out snacks entirely. My wife, Marti was worried about me and also unhappy with her weight, so we made sort of a pact to adhere to a strict plan of low calorie meals and gradually increasing exercise. I was doing a lot of research about nutrition, never having cared much about it in the past. We were doing a sort of low- glycemic, low-fat diet. I happened across a book by a well-known gerontologist named Roy Walford. He had done enormous research on what happens to animals and people if you feed them a diet of high nutrient density food, while reducing total calories by up to 30%. Turns out they live quite a bit longer than animals fed a regular diet. He advocated a diet called CRON (Caloric Restriction with Optimum Nutrition). CRON is the only proven method by which the lifespan of animals has been shown to be significantly increased. His book (Beyond the 120 Year Diet) helped us refine our diet. It's a real bible of nutritional requirement.

We made sure we were getting what we needed while adhering to a low calorie diet of lots of vegetables, legumes, some lean meat, nuts, unsaturated oils, some low-fat dairy and a little low-glycemic whole grains (like barley and quinoa). It was a real change at first, but once we got into a routine and began to see the rewards of shrinking pant sizes, we were seriously motivated. We began hiking. We took it slow at first with low hills and short distances and worked our way up a little each day.

A the end of about 9 months I had lost 115 lbs and Marti had lost 55. We were both pretty satisfied with our level of fitness and have managed to maintain it for over 5 years now. We no longer restrict our calories at that original level, we eat the same whole foods, just more of them. It's a challenge to keep such a thing up but I may resume it soon again for health reasons.

I will add that I am no longer diabetic or hypertensive. Blood sugar and pressure dropped practically overnight when I began our regimen.

However the original health problem that initially got my attention has continued to recur over the years in various forms. A few years ago I began to have arthritis (I was only 33!) and it was decided that I have some kind of relapsing-remitting rheumatic condition. Possibly even some kind of post Lyme syndrome. I have tried various therapies for this and now manage to keep it under control most of the time.

I have no doubt I would be in far worse shape had I not been able take control of my obesity.

I also have to say I believe it would have been much more difficult (maybe impossible) without the support and solidarity of my wife. I have often said we constitute a support group of 2.

For me it all boiled down to a simple philosophy:

I had to have a reason good enough to motivate me to do the right thing for my health every day. It wasn't enough to want to look better.

Maybe everyone can find their reason.



I would like to do everything I can to help other people on this journey.

John


Some before and after photos posted here:
John's Photos

Last edited by JohnKY : 06-01-2007 at 06:46 PM. Reason: Adding link to photos
JohnKY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2007, 05:10 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
alinnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 9,549

S/C/G: 173/in progress/140ish

Height: 5'8"

Default

Thanks, John. That is an inspiring story. I agree that everyone has to find their reason because without a reason there is no motivation. Five years maintaining is very, very admirable. Congratulations!
__________________

(`'•.¸(`'•.¸ ¸.•'´) ¸.•'´)
``•Allison•``
(¸.•'´(¸.•'´ `'•.¸)`' •.¸)



“A Year from Now You May Wish You Had Started Today”~Karen Lamb
alinnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2007, 08:29 PM   #3
MSer living healthy
 
purpleorc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 1,739

S/C/G: 300/176/170

Height: 5ft 8in

Default

Thanks for sharing your story of your weight loss journey you are an inspiration to others. Congratulations on maintaining your weight loss. Yes I agree you must find your own reason for wishing to change your life style and this be the reason for you motivation.

look forward to seeing you around the boards.
purpleorc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2007, 05:46 AM   #4
Meg
Senior Member
 
Meg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Posts: 10,440

S/C/G: 257/135/maintaining

Height: 5' 4"

Default

Wow, what a great story, John! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm especially impressed with your six years staying at goal - that's an awesome achievement!

We're looking forward to hearing lots more from you.
__________________
Meg
Start: 257 - June 1, 2001
Goal: 135 - May 12, 2002
Size 22/size 4
Meg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2007, 06:04 AM   #5
3 + years maintaining
 
rockinrobin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 12,070

S/C/G: 287/120's

Height: 5 foot nuthin'

Default

That is quite the story John. I can fully relate to you and everything you've said. I am so glad that you found your "reason" and made the commitement to a better and healthier life through diet and exercise. You and your wife are lucky to have one another. Since I'm not even at goal yet, it's great for me to hear about someone maintaining their incredible weightloss for as long as you have. Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you continued success.
rockinrobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2007, 02:32 PM   #6
Happy Chick
 
Leenie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Northern New Jersey
Posts: 12,505

Height: 5' 10"

Default

TERIFFIC, Congratulations John and Marti !!!
__________________
~ WORRY LOOKS AROUND, SORRY LOOKS BACK, FAITH LOOKS UP ~

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
.
Leenie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2007, 09:47 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
MissH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 188

S/C/G: BMI:32.1/27.1/24.6

Default

What a wonderful story! Congratulations to you and your wife on your successful weight loss!
__________________
"I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work."
~Thomas Edison
MissH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2007, 11:07 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
marinemommyof2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 242

Default

I love your story, and thank you for posting! It's reat you've maintained for so long - what an inspiration!
__________________
Sarah




marinemommyof2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2007, 01:25 PM   #9
11th year in maintenance
 
JohnKY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 93

S/C/G: 285/172/170

Height: 5'11"

Default

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and support. We never get tired of having folks tell us we're doing a good job! It's a part of what keeps our resolve.

And what is really great is to look at the progress photos (and numbers) of folks replying to our threads over the last couple of days. So good to know that there are other people out there who have been through the same experience as you and are successfully dealing with the same issues everyday. Meg, rockinrobin, chick_in_the_hat, and jtammy (Great job you guys!!) are some of the photos we've seen so far (I'm sure there are lots more), and we really appreciate everyone sharing their experience. We've just started exploring the Goal section.

Marti has told me it's okay to post a couple photos of her progress in the photo thread too. So I'll do that right away -before she changes her mind! She says she'll get her own account here shortly.

Thanks again,

John and Marti

Last edited by JohnKY : 06-03-2007 at 01:26 PM. Reason: typo
JohnKY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2007, 01:38 PM   #10
Meg
Senior Member
 
Meg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Posts: 10,440

S/C/G: 257/135/maintaining

Height: 5' 4"

Default

Please tell Marti that we're all really looking forward to meeting her too!
__________________
Meg
Start: 257 - June 1, 2001
Goal: 135 - May 12, 2002
Size 22/size 4
Meg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2007, 01:50 PM   #11
Doing it.
 
Jeannette311's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 544

S/C/G: 208/see ticker/130

Height: 5'6"

Default

Wow. You gave me the inspiration I needed today.

Thank you.
__________________
Jeannette311 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2007, 02:21 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
cjc92802's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 144

Default

Wow, John, that is a beautiful story. My favorite part about your success is being able to share it so closely with your wife. You are so brave to acknowledge your problems and by doing so, gain control over them.
And you're great to so openly acknowledge compliments. It's good for yourself, and good for others to know you appreciate what they say.

I am on a similar journey that started with being so empowered by my pregnancy (instead of being afraid of it), that I had a pain-free birth of twins that bonded me tightly to them and my husband and my older daughter. I have gradually applied my new attitude to all aspects of my life, and I'm becoming a different person. I think that many, many successful people would agree that your waistline is not the only aspect to change.

While it's hard to know a person's heart over the computer, you seem very learned, confident and dedicated to yourself. Congratulations on all your HARD WORK!
__________________
Carrie
Need extra calories and protein for my nursing twins!
Getting Back on Track!
1st Milestone 185# (Goal is 5/11/2007) Met 5/8/2007
2nd Milestone 170# (Original goal was 7/7/2007, Back on Track goal is 8/6/2007) Met 8/11/07
3rd Milestone 155# (Goal is 9/28/2007)
March 28, 2008 ULTIMATE GOAL
cjc92802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:30 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2