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    Posted April 14, 2014 by
    Mobile, Alabama
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    Eating my way to being thin

    After Retiring from the Military after 20 years of service I found myself gaining weight. Mainly because of my disabilities that won't allow me to do the things I use to do. I can't run anymore or lift weights like I use to without being in pain. It even hurts to sleep and when I do I never sleep for a long time. After I retired from the military I put on about 66 pounds of weight. I was feeling horrible and actually hired a professional trainer to help me at one point in time. I got so big that none of the clothing I had fit me like before. I decided before Thanksgiving 2013 I would make a bigger effort to lose the weight. Every time I went to the gym or tried to I would end up hurting and in pain. I decided to eat my way thin. I heard from a few people that if you just ate all day long you would lose weight. Didn't sound logical so I did a little research. What I discovered is that if you eat small portions throughout the day it cause your body's metabolism to increase and start up again. So, after Thanksgiving I started working on my weight. I had dropped down to 315 lbs. before thanksgiving and I started from there. Today I weigh 275 lbs. and I am steady dropping weight. I would like to get down to a point where I can start working out again. With my disabilities I never thought I would lose weigh again. But as of today I have lost 40 lbs. with a goal of 25 more pound by the middle of July; just in time for my Family Reunion. I watch what I eat now and I don't eat a lot of food with sugar or drink Soda's. I try to drink a gallon of water a day up from one or two glasses a day. The pictures of me in uniform is when I was weighing around 255 lbs. in 2010. The one of me with the reptile I was weiging over 300 lbs in January 2014. I cut the number of calories I consume to 1,800 per day. Starting to feel alive again for the first time in three years.

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