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    Posted March 25, 2011 by
    ItsJustDoug
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

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    Something is wrong with these pants, oh wait....

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ItsJustDoug says that "every step counts" when it comes to losing weight. It's that simple.
    - JacqueCNN, CNN iReport producer

    In 2004, I weighed 270lbs.  One February day, while perusing the racks at a discount clothier for some new pants, I grabbed a few that were 'my' size and went to try them on.  None of them fit.

     

    I was wearing pants with a 46-inch waist and now it looked like I had to start squeezing into the 48s.  Well, that was the last straw.  This was my ‘A Ha ‘moment for me.  I refused to wear those 48s and I decided it was time for a change, a real change.

     

    Later that week, my wife and I started walking around the park close to our home.  We hijacked a few WeightWatchers books from friends and started following the plan at home.  After a few months, we added a little jogging to the routine and walked for longer each day.  The process was arduous and painful, both mentally and physically.

     

    For so long my body was used to being bombarded junk and I was inactive.  A doctor told me, right before my pants shopping episode, that I should really try to lose some weight before things get really bad and I do irreparable damage to myself.

     

    It took about 8 months to lose 70lbs. It took me another 3 to lose 30 more.  At my lowest I was 170lbs (that’s a full person less than I weighed at my heaviest) and I felt great.  I started running and 7 years later I'm still running...

     

    In case you are wondering, I got on a scale yesterday and I am currently 193.5. The last 7 years have not been easy in terms of keeping off the weight. My weight goes up and down and each day it's a struggle to make the right food decisions, but I've managed to successfully keep off that initial 70lbs.

     

    These days I have different motivation for working at staying healthy.  In 2009, my wife and I had a baby girl and I want to do everything I can to set a good example for her.  I want to be able to enjoy life’s adventures with my wife and daughter for as long as possible…Now, I make time to exercise and occasionally write about it at my blog: Daddy’s Tired.

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