I'm Marti, wife of JohnKY. John's already written a lot about our weight loss experience and put up a few photos. I wish I had a better one for the "before". We both were pretty good at avoiding cameras at that time.
In a nutshell, I lost around 55 lbs along with John when he began to have some health problems. I had been unhappy with my weight for a few years, and John had to do something. So we made an agreement from that day forward to make all decisions about food and activity with our health in mind. I had had some success a couple years earlier when I had gall-bladder trouble and adopted a very low-fat diet to control the awful "attacks". I plateaued after a time and eventually I had to have my gall-bladder out anyway.
It wasn't until we permanently changed our habits that I had significant or lasting weight loss.
I think it must be a lot more difficult for people in families or relationships where they are the only one trying to live healthy.
We have been looking for a group of people in the same situation as us. People who used to be overweight, but are now committed to fitness for the long-haul. It's always been surprising that such a support group is almost impossible to find.
John was excited to find a group that has such a large and active maintainers area.
When we've run into long-term maintainers in other places, we both have noticed that more often than not, they're either into some competitive sport, or have become personal trainers/exercise instructors. But of course not always. Like us for instance, no certification or competition for us. We do hike with the dogs almost every day though. Seems like everybody needs a different key. Something to drive them.
We have really enjoyed looking over so many photos and stories! Great to know you're not alone-or at least not as rare as you thought!
Well I didn't mean to go on as long or as late as this.
Good to meet everyone!
John's pasted the following links to:
What he's written about our story- http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/show....php?p=1718211
And our photos-