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Old 09-16-2010, 02:24 PM   #1  
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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 and here. If you'd like to see a current picture, you can see that here. If you'd like to see some of the skin issues associated with massive weight loss, you can see that here (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.

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Old 09-16-2010, 02:39 PM   #2  
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You look great! Well done!!! Amazing! It takes a lot of determination to achieve this - awesome!
You'll reach your goal in no time!
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:42 PM   #3  
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Happy Anniversary from a fellow Bostonian, Ok I am on the northshore but still, congrats on all the hard work!
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Congrats! You look great, Matt. I wish you good luck, happiness, and perseverance on your continued journey.
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:53 PM   #5  
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:55 PM   #6  
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Great job! Very good words to hold on to...about the learning along the way and the being healthier than the day before. Kudos!
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:03 PM   #7  
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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!
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:06 PM   #8  
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You are such an incredible inspiration Matt!
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:46 PM   #9  
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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.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:28 PM   #10  
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Matt....... You've Done Great! Congratulations!
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u r my number 1 inspiration right now!!!! This is pure greatness!
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:22 PM   #12  
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Matt - what can I say but what everyone else has said: you're an inspiration! Congratulations!
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:22 PM   #13  
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You've come far and you have the right state of mind! It's a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet.

Congratulations!
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Great, Great, Great!
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:17 AM   #15  
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Wow! You've done an absolutely amazing job! Congratulations on your success & happy anniversary.
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